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From Staff and Wire Reports

Tennis

Guenter Parche, the unemployed lathe operator sentenced to probation for stabbing Monica Seles during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany, in 1993, will be retried March 21 in a higher court because prosecutors decided that his sentence was too lenient.

Jim Pierce, declared persona non grata by the Women’s Tennis Assn. because of a history of disruptive behavior while coaching his daughter, Mary, has been hired by Joseph Weingartner to coach his daughter, Marlene, a 14-year-old German tennis prodigy.

Hockey

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Mighty Duck right wing Steven King underwent reconstructive shoulder surgery for the second time in a year and will not play even if there is an NHL season.

Baseball

The Texas Rangers have announced a scaled-back ticket price scheme that will provide a rebate of up to 50% if replacement players are used to begin the season.

College Football

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The Hula Bowl all-star game, set for Jan. 22 in Honolulu, will be sponsored by the Hooters restaurant chain, and some women’s groups are calling for the state of Hawaii to withdraw its $100,000 annual contribution to the game because the image of the hula girl is being replaced with a provocative female associated with Hooters advertising.

Miscellany

Louie Nelson, Harbor College women’s basketball coach, has been suspended for allegedly striking sophomore guard La Trece Polk in a Monday practice.

Nigerian soccer players gave an ultimatum to the head of their National Sports Commission that unless they are paid the $22,000 apiece they were promised for last summer’s World Cup, they won’t play in the Intercontinental Cup, starting today in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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At least 55 soccer players reportedly have confessed to fixing games in Malaysia’s biggest sports scandal.

German swimmer Sandra Voelker, credited with a world-record 27.86 seconds in the 50-meter backstroke in Hong Kong on Tuesday, has learned that she didn’t set a record after all. China’s Bai Xiuyu swam 27.64 last March 13 in Italy, then 27.62 two days later in Sweden, but failed a drug test after the second swim. However, that did not affect her first time.

Kieren Perkins, the Australian swimmer who holds three world records, wants all Chinese swimmers banned from the sport for four years until the country can prove its athletes are drug-free.

Stacy Metro, a setter who led Northern Michigan to the NCAA Division II volleyball championship, has been named Division II woman athlete of the year. Kenyon College swimmer Carla Ainsworth was named the top woman athlete in Division III.

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Names in the News

Former New York Giant player and coach Jim Lee Howell, who served as mentor to Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi, died in Lonoke, Ark., at 80. . . . Former Chicago Cub reliever Don Elston died in Evanston, Ill., at 65. . . . Mickey Haefner, who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1940s, died at 82 in New Athens, Ill. . . . Harry Gumbert, who pitched for four major league teams, died at 85.


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