Their way to victories in their divisions at the fourth annual Yukon Jack Arm Wrestling National Championships, in Tampa, Andrew (Cobra) Rhodes and Dot Jones. In the men's 161-190 pound category, Rhodes, a cook from Muskegon, Mich., beat structural engineer Bill Brzenk of Midvale, Utah. Rhodes is known as Cobra because his tongue flicks in and out of his mouth while he arm-wrestles. Jones, an actress who is currently taping Knights and Waniors—a medieval American Gladiators—was an All-America shot-putter at Fresno State. She successfully defended her women's open title with a victory over Deb McNeil, who is a cook in Winchester, Va. At 6'3" and 235 pounds, Jones was the largest champion of either sex in the competition.
By the NFL's No. 1 draft pick, Steve Emtman of the Colts, the 12-room, 4½-bath Indianapolis abode of running back Eric Dickerson, whom the Colts traded to the Los Angeles Raiders in April. Emtman, a defensive tackle, did not reveal whether he had coughed up the $370,000 asking price, but he did get Dickerson's furniture as part of the deal.
Around New York City's Central Park Reservoir, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, who ran—so to speak—the 1.57-mile circuit in 25 minutes, or at a pace of nearly 16 minutes per mile. "The governor's jogging motto is, Start slow and taper off," said Clinton campaign strategist James Carville.
Innocent, to writing a check for $3,000 on a bank account that was closed, Art Schlichter, 32, starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Rockers of the Arena Football League. While with the Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts (1982-85), Schlichter was suspended by the NFL once for gambling and was dropped by the team when rumors of his further gambling arose. Schlichter, who recently suffered a gambling relapse, is working to repay his debts and will be permitted to continue playing for the Rockers.
Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Buck Buchanan, 51, of lung cancer, at his home in Kansas City. The 6'7", 280-pound Buchanan would have followed his father into the Alabama steel mills if Grambling coach Eddie Robinson hadn't offered him one of the few scholarships available to blacks in the late 1950s. "I was the first player from a small black school drafted in the first round," Buchanan once said of his '63 selection by the Kansas City Chiefs. "That was important to me." In 13 years with the Chiefs, Buchanan was named All-AFL and All-AFC five times. "A big guy will be strong, and he might be quick, but he is rarely fast," said Hank Stram, Buchanan's coach in Kansas City. "Or sometimes he's strong and fast, but not quick. But Buck had it all." Following his retirement, Buchanan was an assistant coach for the New Orleans Saints and the Cleveland Browns, and he ran construction and advertising businesses in the Kansas City area, where he was also a civic leader.
Cobra (left) occasionally holds his tongue.