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Taylor Rejoins Kings in Front-Office Position

From Staff and Wire Reports

Dave Taylor, who played 17 seasons with the Kings before retiring at the end of last season, was named the club’s assistant to the general manager on Thursday.

Taylor, 38, will assist President Bruce McNall and General Manager Sam McMaster, concentrating on the assessment and development of the club’s younger players. Taylor will also work with Lester Wintz, executive vice president, on the business side of the company.

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Alan Eagleson, former head of the NHL players’ union, was indicted in Boston on two new charges of racketeering.

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Eagleson, a Toronto lawyer, was charged in March in a 32-count indictment accusing him of racketeering, mail fraud, taking kickbacks, embezzlement and threatening a grand-jury witness.

College Football

The Texas A&M; booster who landed the Aggie football team on NCAA probation wants to attend home games this fall and sit in a special section--in violation of NCAA sanctions.

The banned booster, Warren Gilbert, and his wife gave $30,000 to the school, entitling them to lifetime preferred seats at Texas A&M; home football games.

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His wife, Pattie, has told Texas A&M; that she wants to bring whomever she wants, apparently including her husband, to sit in the seats and she has threatened legal action. But the NCAA has told the school to disassociate itself from Gilbert and has said allowing him to claim his special seats would violate that order.

Pro Basketball

The newest NBA expansion team will be known as the Vancouver Grizzlies and its logo will feature a crouched snarling bear with an outstretched front paw clutching a red basketball.

Dick Harter, a former Oregon coach and New York Knick assistant, was named an assistant coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Miscellany

Jill McGill, a 22-year-old Denver resident and former USC standout who is playing in her final event before turning pro, turned up the intensity in a bid for a second consecutive U.S. Women’s Amateur title, recording 10 birdies and two eagles in the 31 holes she needed to win two matches at Hot Springs, Va.

The Goodwill Games lost nearly $40 million, but event President Jack Kelly said that hasn’t diminished thoughts of expanding the competition to include winter games.

Former NBA star Bernard King, 37, was freed after his arrest for allegedly choking a female friend at his New York apartment.

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Pole vaulter Sergei Bubka didn’t show up because of tricky winds, but five other vaulters cleared 19 feet in the European track championships at Helsinki, Finland.

Rodion Gataullin, Bubka’s former Soviet teammate, successfully defended his title by soaring 19 feet 8 1/4 inches.

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Tennis Assn. conducted random drug testing on junior players at two of the five sites of this week’s USTA national junior championships.

A U.S. District Judge in Paterson, N.J., granted Los Angeles boxer John David Jackson a preliminary injunction, barring the WBA from stripping him of his middleweight title after the WBA claimed he had fought a non-title bout without permission.

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Defending champion Cuba knocked out the United States, 15-2, in six innings and advanced to the semifinals of the World Amateur Baseball Championship in Managua, Nicaragua. The Cubans play Nicaragua in the semifinals Saturday.

The Seattle Mariners gave King County a bill for $4.1 million to cover lost revenue for 15 baseball games played on the road because the Kingdome has been closed since July 19 when four ceiling tiles fell into the empty stands before a game. King County officials this week estimated that fixing the ceiling could cost as much as $7.7 million.


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