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December 14, 1996

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Joseph Brown and Garrett Shea, players with the Ohio State football team, were charged Friday with assaulting another student last month.

Brown, 19, of Tucson, Ariz., was charged with assault and disorderly conduct and Shea, 19, of San Jose, Calif., was charged with assault, according to Wanda Hall, assistant evening supervisor at the Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk of Courts office.

Eric Leeder, 20, a junior from Fairfax, Va., said he was escorting a guest home from a party early Nov. 24 when the players jumped out of a vehicle and assaulted him. He said his nose was broken.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. _ Lou Lamoriello, president and general manager of the New Jersey Devils, was named general manager of the U.S. Olympic hockey team on Friday.

Lamoriello was general manager of the U.S. team that won the inaugural World Cup of Hockey earlier this year.

Lamoriello will manage the U.S. team at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. He will be involved in the selection of the 23 players and coaches on the team.

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NEW YORK _ Deion Sanders of the Dallas Cowboys has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for wearing the number of suspended teammate Leon Lett on his uniform, the league said Friday.

Sanders had Lett’s No. 78 on his wristband and collar in last Sunday’s game against Arizona, violating the league’s rule against personal messages on uniforms and equipment.

Lett was suspended for one year on Dec. 3 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

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ATLANTA _ The Atlanta Braves acquired left-handed pitcher Yorkis Perez from the Florida Marlins on Friday for minor league right-hander Martin Sanchez.

Perez, 29, was 3-4 with a 5.29 ERA in 64 games for the Marlins last season and 3-0 with a 4.22 ERA in nine games for Triple-A Charlotte.

His 177 appearances, including 69 in 1995, rank second in the Marlins’ four-year history. Perez’ major-league record is 9-10 with a 4.65 ERA in 180 games.

Sanchez, 19, was 5-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 31 games for Class A Macon last season.

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CINCINNATI _ The San Francisco Giants on Friday disputed the Cincinnati Reds’ complaint to the National League about the Giants’ handling of a procedure that placed pitcher Tim Scott on waivers.

Reds general manager Jim Bowden filed a grievance with the league Wednesday claiming the Giants failed to acknowledge that Scott was injured when they placed him on waivers. The Reds claimed Scott off waivers in October and have designated him for assignment to the minors.

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ARLINGTON, Texas _ The Texas Rangers agreed Friday to a two-year contract with free agent pitcher Xavier Hernandez, who spent last season with Houston and Cincinnati.

Hernandez, 31, was 5-5 with a 4.22 ERA and six saves in 58 relief appearances for the Astros last season. He started the year in Cincinnati, where he was released on April 24 after giving up eight hits and six earned runs in 3 1-3 innings of relief work.

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CHICAGO _ Last Sunday’s fourth-quarter melee between Chicago and St. Louis will cost Bears defensive end Alonzo Spellman $10,000, according to NFL officials.

The NFL on Thursday fined four Bears $21,000, and it wants $52,000 more from eleven Rams players. Spellman and Rams quarterback Tony Banks, also fined $10,000, drew the largest penalties.

Spellman’s fine was not for the altercation but for making contact with an official.

For the Rams, in addition to Banks, Issac Bruce was fined $10,000 for bumping an official.

Bears players have received nine fines for a total of $134,000, the most of any team this season. The majority of that amount came from the $87,500 fine middle linebacker Bryan Cox received for making an obscene gesture to a referee and screaming obscenities.

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. _ Marlin, a winner of the Crown Royal Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds on Dec. 1, challenges older horses Sunday in the $500,000 Hollywood Turf Cup.

Marlin will be ridden by Corey Nakatani and was assigned 122 pounds for the 16th running of the 1 1/2-mile race on the grass. A Florida-bred son of Sword Dance, Marlin has won five of 15 lifetime starts and $827,280.

Also entered is Windsharp, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Lear Fan who will take on males two weeks after finishing second behind Wandesta in the $700,000 Matriarch.

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