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BRIEFLY : Snyder Case Progresses

Minor league baseball player Cory Snyder is scheduled for a pretrial conference today in Rochester, N.Y., where he has been charged with two counts of third-degree assault.

At the conference, attorneys will meet with a judge to work out the procedures that will be used in subsequent court action. Snyder’s attendance at the conference is not mandatory.

The charges stem from an incident several weeks ago when Snyder, who plays for the Maine Guides of the Triple-A International League, threw his bat in disgust after popping out against the Rochester Red Wings. The bat sailed into the stands, where it cut the lip of a 61-year-old woman and broke the nose of her granddaughter.

Snyder has pleaded not guilty, claiming the pine tar from the bat stuck to his hand, causing him to throw the bat accidentally into the stands.

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Snyder, a standout at Canyon High, BYU and a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic baseball team, is in his second year in the Cleveland Indians organization.

Sims to Fight Bencomo

North Hollywood lightweight Walter Sims draws his third opponent this month as part of Tuesday night’s fight card at the Reseda Country Club--but he has yet to throw a punch.

When Sims (17-3-1, 12 knockouts) was first placed in the 10-round main event on Tuesday’s card, the plan was to have him meet Erick Madrid of Sylmar. Negotiations for that match broke down, however, so Martin Morado of Mexico was substituted for Madrid.

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Morado, however, came down with the flu earlier this week, causing promoter Dan Goossen to go in search of yet another substitute. He found one in Raul Bencomo (28-10, 14 knockouts), a Mexican fighter now living in Phoenix.

The first bout of the night is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

JC Positions Spared

The Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees approved an amendment to the faculty contract Wednesday that will restructure coaching salaries and spare at least six physical education instructors from layoffs scheduled for June 30.

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The amendment will give reduced course loads to instructors who coach--instead of a cash stipend. The board’s approval guarantees that at least 40 intercollegiate teams will be fielded in the 1986-87 school year, Trade-Tech Athletic Director Courtney Borio said. There were 76 teams this school year.

Seven physical education teachers, five of whom coached teams this year, are still scheduled to be among 42 full-time instructors laid off. In addition, 23 part-time coaches will be fired once the layoffs take effect, in accordance with the faculty union’s contract with the district.


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