EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Edmonton Oilers center Doug Weight will receive a salary of $750,000 Canadian for the 1994-95 season following an arbitration hearing.
The Oilers had offered a contract of $575,000 Canadian, while Weight had been asking for $950,000 in U.S money. The award was based on his performance in 1993-1994, when he recorded 74 points.
He will become a free agent July 4. The Oilers have to make a qualifying offer by July 3, equal to the $750,000 judgment, to maintain the right to match another team’s offer.
General manager Glen Sather said he is pleased with the decision by arbitrator Richard Bloch because it re-establishes the policy of paying players in Canadian money when they play for teams based in Canada.
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Mark Filla scored the only goal Wednesday to lead the Midwest to an opening-round 1-0 victory over the West in the Puma Cup Invitational.
Filla of St. Charles, Mo., took a pass from Justin Stone of Springfield, Ill., and beat West goalkeeper Grant Brown of Lake Oswego, Ore., just over 14 minutes into the game. Midwest goalie Jon Lowery of Apple Valley, Minn., held off a second-half surge by the West to record the shutout.
In its third year, the Puma Cup is the country’s only boys All-Star soccer tournament featuring the nation’s top high school senior scholar-athletes. The tournament, which benefits the National Soccer Hall of Fame, is a round-robin event with four regional teams.
Earlier in the day, the South defeated the East 1-0, with A.J. Sauer of Spring, Texas, scoring the only goal at 34:55. Goalies Walter Valesky of Peachtree City, Ga., and Michael Zingale of Tallahassee, Fla., recorded the shutout.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Pitcher John Wetteland and the New York Yankees agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract worth $3.375 million, a raise of $625,000.
Wetteland, acquired from Montreal in April following the end of the baseball strike, had asked for $4 million. The Yankees had offered $2.275 million, the same salary he had with the Expos last season.
The settlement, which avoided an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday, was at the midpoint.
This season, Wetteland is 1-1 with six saves and a 3.57 ERA in 14 games. Last year, he was 4-6 with 25 saves and a 2.83 ERA in 52 games for Montreal.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Edward Loar of Rockwall, Texas, fired a 70 Wednesday for a two-round total of 6-under-par 138 at the Freeport-McMoRan Junior Classic, good for a four-shot lead.
Alone in second is 16-year-old Conway, Ark., native Bryce Molder, who shot a second-round 74 for a 2-under-par 142 total.
Loar will be joined in the final pairing on Thursday with Molder and fellow first-team Rolex Junior All-American Ryuji Imada of Tampa, Fla. Imada, who finished second here last year, shot a 69 and is tied for third with Victor Schwamkrug of Sugar Land, Texas, at 143.
In the girls division, 1994 Rolex Junior Player of the Year Grace Park of Phoenix fired a 2-over-par 74 in the second round to add one shot to her lead heading into the third round.
Laura Blessey of Mandeville, La., fell five shots back after her 74, and was tied for second at 147 with Maria Baena of Pereira, Colombia, who shot a 4-over-par 76.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Anaheim center Shaun Van Allen signed a three-year contract with the Mighty Ducks.
Van Allen was second on the team in scoring this season with eight goals and 21 assists in 45 games. He is the club’s career leader in assists with 46.
Van Allen, 27, originally signed with Anaheim as a free agent in 1993.
CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago White Sox have signed three more players selected in this month’s free agent draft.
The team on Wednesday said they signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Beirne of Texas A&M, first baseman-third baseman Brian Bowness of Villanova and third baseman Manuel Lutz of Southwestern Junior College.
The White Sox have now signed 24 players.