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July 16, 1994

McKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. (AP) _ Robert Krzyzostaniak won Friday’s 62-mile race on the Aufderheide Scenic Byway for the Wheelsmith team, but Scott Mercier of Saturn managed to hold the overall lead in the 15th annual Cascade Cycling Classic.

Mercier, of Boulder, Colo., his Saturn teammate Darren Baker, of Mountain View, Calif., and England’s Dave Mann, racing for Coors Light, held the top three positions in the overall standings after three stages in the six-stage race series.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Veteran center Bart Oates, an unrestricted free agent who lost his starting job with the New York Giants to Brian Williams, signed on Friday with the San Francisco 49ers.

Oates, 35, signed a contract reportedly worth about $1.2 million over three years.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound veteran of nine NFL seasons said he could likely finish out his career in San Francisco.


PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Free agent linebacker Broderick Thomas has signed with the Detroit Lions, the team announced Friday.

Thomas was with Tampa Bay for the past five seasons. He was the Buccaneers’ most valuable player in 1991, when he tied a team record with 174 tackles.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Thomas was the sixth pick in the 1989 draft, the same year the Lions used their pick, No. 3 overall, to draft Barry Sanders.


IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - The final roster for the 1994 USA Men’s Goodwill Games basketball team was announced Friday following a 10-day training camp at the University of California-Irvine.

The team, coached by Southern Cal’s George Raveling, will participate in the Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, from July 23 through August 7.

Players include Duke’s Cherokee Parks; Alan Henderson of Indiana; Scotty Thurman and Corey Beck of national champion Arkansas, and Massachusetts’ Lou Roe.

Arkansas’ Corliss Williamson and Wake Forest’s Randolph Childress were on the original roster, but forced to withdraw due to injuries. UCLA’s Ed O’Bannon and Massachusetts’ Marcus Camby also will not play because of summer school scheduling conflicts.


BIGFORK, Mont. (AP) - Chris Riley of Las Vegas and Guy Yamamoto of Waipahu, Hawaii each won twice on Friday to advance to Saturday’s 36-hole championship match in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Riley defeated Rob Long of Clarksville, Tenn., 2 and 1 in a quarterfinal match, then beat Scott Kammann of White Pine, Tenn., 7 and 5.

Yamamoto, 32, defeated Paul Carpenter, a junior at North Carolina- Charlotte, 2 and 1 in the quarterfinal, then needed an extra hole to eliminate Notah Begay III of Albuquerque, N.M.


NEW YORK (AP) - Gail Devers, the 1992 Olympic 100-meter champion and winner of the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles at the 1993 World Championships, has withdrawn from the Goodwill Games because of an injured left leg.

Her coach, Bob Kersee, said Devers injured the leg during the indoor season, then reinjured it during the USA-Mobil Indoor Championships in March at Atlanta, forcing her to take time off from training.


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Graig Nettles, Daryl Spencer and Bob Sullivan have been selected for induction into the National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame.

The three will be inducted in ceremonies to coincide with the 60th NBC World Series, which runs from Aug. 1-14 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.

Nettles played with pitching great Tom Seaver on the 1964 Fairbanks (Alaska) Goldpanners team that finished second in the semipro baseball championship tournament, before moving on to a 22-year major league career. As third baseman for the New York Yankees, he won the Gold Glove in 1977 and 1978.

Spencer was the tournament’s MVP in 1955 with the Wichita Boeing Bombers. Spencer played for the Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals and Reds in his 10-year major league career.

Sullivan managed the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Sullivans to four NBC World Series championships in 1960, 1970, 1983 and 1984. He is now a scout for the Boston Red Sox.


VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Villanova has named George Washington graduate assistant coach Cari-Lynn Piotrowski as the Wildcats’ assistant women’s basketball coach.

She replaces Tom Thornton, who was a member of head coach Harry Perretta’s staff for nine years before retirement.

Piotrowski, 24, attended Manhattan College, where she scored 1,187 career points and grabbed 688 career rebounds.

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