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Bowman Wants Input or He’ll Quit Red Wings

From Staff and Wire Reports

Detroit Red Wing Coach Scotty Bowman says he must continue to have a say on trades and other personnel decisions if he is to return to coach the defending Stanley Cup champions for another season.

Bowman told the Detroit News he will make his decision after another meeting with owner Mike Ilitch.

“I want to make sure what’s happening,” Bowman said from his Buffalo home. “I need to know what my options are.”

Last weekend, Jimmy Devellano, the Red Wing senior vice president, said the team would not offer forward Tomas Sandstrom a new contract. Bowman had no input in that decision.

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Several key players, including Sergei Fedorov, have said they may look to the free agent market if Bowman does not return.

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New York Ranger Coach Colin Campbell is expected to sign a two-year contract extension that will earn him nearly $1.5 million.

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A $300-million plan by the Toronto Maple Leafs to build a new arena atop the city’s historic Union Station died when the city council rejected the club’s offer for taxpayer-owned rail lands.

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The NHL Board of Governors is expected today to approve plans to expand into Nashville, Columbus, Atlanta and Minneapolis-St. Paul by 2000 and realign the league to accommodate the new clubs.

A dispute over the Columbus franchise is in court, where Lamar Hunt, part of the original ownership group in that city, sued the new group. Hunt said he should be part of the group that includes businessman John McConnell, Wolfe Enterprises Inc. and developer Ron Pizzuti.

In his lawsuit, Hunt said each of the original group’s members committed about $4.5 million to the $80-million NHL expansion fee and $10 million in capital needed to start the franchise.

Jurisprudence

A Dallas television station reported that Johnny Hernandez, the former Dallas police officer who pleaded guilty to a charge that he tried to have Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin killed, is now claiming entrapment in an effort to be released from a six-year prison sentence.

Michael Hagstrom, 31, was sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary and petty theft in scamming Olympic donors in San Diego by carrying a javelin and soliciting door-to-door for a bogus athletic foundation.

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Sportscaster Marv Albert, charged with biting a woman and sexually assaulting her in an Arlington, Va., hotel room, has changed lawyers, retaining Roy Black, who has represented William Kennedy Smith and Kelsey Grammer, among others.

Miscellany

Former U.S. national team midfielder Brian Quinn today is expected to be named coach of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Clash, replacing Laurie Calloway, who was fired Monday. Quinn had been a candidate for the Galaxy job. . . . The Galaxy released defender Arash Noamouz, 30, a starter in 1996 but sidelined since then while recovering from knee surgery.

Olympic gold medal skater Scott Hamilton, 38, underwent successful surgery for testicular cancer at the Cleveland Clinic.

Marion Jones won the women’s 100 meters in 11.08 seconds at a meet in Turin, Italy, in her European debut. Dennis Mitchell won the men’s 100 in 10.20.

University of San Francisco assistant basketball coach Larry Reynolds, a UC Riverside alumnus, has been named head coach at Cal State San Bernardino.

Jim Furyk shot a 2-under-par 69, matching his first-round score, to win the 36-hole Family House Invitational at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., by two strokes over Rocco Mediate.


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