State health authorities are reminding hunters and their families that raw meat, especially venison, requires careful handling and thorough cooking, because of the recent discovery of a dangerous bacteria in Floyd County, Ga.
A survey of 300 hunter-killed deer confirmed the presence of a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria in three deer, providing the first conclusive proof that deer in Georgia can carry the potentially harmful bacteria.
However, the survey -- conducted by the Southeastern Wildlife Disease Study, University of Georgia and state Department of Natural Resources -- indicates the presence of such bacteria in Georgia deer is very low.
TENNIS: Pete Sampras became the first tennis player to win the U.S. Olympic Committee's SportsMan of the Year on Wednesday. Now he wants to become the first man to win 13 Grand Slams.
"I've set my goals for next year: I want to break the majors record, win the French Open and be No. 1 again," said Sampras, who won his ninth and 10th Grand Slam titles in 1997, two behind Roy Emerson's record.
Sampras received 400 points in voting by the media, the USOC Board of Directors and the organization's Athletes' Advisory Council. Track star Allen Johnson was second with 376 points and figure skater Todd Eldredge was third with 315.
TRACK & FIELD: Sergei Bubka, the only athlete to win at the World Championships all six times, and Wilson Kipketer, who broke the 800-meter record three times this year, are among eight athletes nominated for the 1998 Jesse Owens International Trophy Award.
Track and field athletes dominated, with five on the list.
Joining Bubka, the world indoor and outdoor pole vault record-holder from Ukraine, and Kipketer, the native-born Kenyan now competing for Denmark, are Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie, Kenya's Daniel Komen, and Marion Jones.
HOCKEY: Jaromir Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dominik Hasek of the Buffalo Sabres, both natives of the Czech Republic, are the leading vote-getters for the world team in All-Star game balloting announced by the NHL Wednesday.
Jagr has received 332,364 votes to lead all wings on the world team. Hasek, last season's NHL MVP, leads the goaltenders with 293,441.
The agreement ups his current salary of nearly $4 million to $7.5 million for this season, and gives Lindros $8.5 million for 1998-99.
SKIING: In a clear signal her best skiing may not be far away, Picabo Street returned to World Cup racing Wednesday and her coach was "ecstatic" over her performance.
America's best skier finished 10th in a downhill in her first start in more than a year following knee surgery.
Stone's victory was her third this season and ninth overall.
YACHTING: First-leg winner EF Language took the lead Wednesday in the third leg of the Whitbread round-the-world yacht race from Fremantle to Sydney.
Toshiba, which was led earlier om the day, trailed the leader by nine miles, and was three miles behind second-place Swedish Match.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Fans who bring a toy to tonight's Augusta State-Morehouse game at the Augusta State PE/Athletic Complex will receive free admission.
Toys do not have to be wrapped.
Finalists were the Georgia Dome in Atlanta; the RCA Dome in Indianapolis; the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans; the Trans World Dome in St. Louis; and the Alamodome in San Antonio.
SOCCER: Former U.S. coach Bora Milutinovic was hired Wednesday to coach Nigeria, the fourth nation he will lead in a World Cup.
Milutinovic, who led the Americans to a 31-36-29 record from March 27, 1991, to April 14, 1995, became Nigeria's fourth coach in 20 months, filling the spot vacated when Philippe Troussier left in August.
GOLF: F. Morgan Taylor Jr., who joined the executive committee of the USGA in 1986 and has served as its vice president for the past three years, will follow Judy Bell as president of the organization.
Bell, the first woman to serve as head of the 102-year-old organization, served two one-year terms.
WRESTLING: Are the deaths of three college wrestlers within six weeks related to dietary supplements they were taking?
The Food and Drug Administration wants to know.
FDA officials prepared to leave for Ann Arbor, Mich., to begin questioning teammates and acquaintances of Jeff Reese, 21, a University of Michigan junior who died Dec. 9.