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October 26, 1994

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ The San Antonio Iguanas were scrambling to find practice gear after a rental truck loaded with $25,000 worth of hockey equipment was stolen from a motel parking lot in Houston.

Iguanas coach Bill Goldsworthy said the truck was packed for the Central Hockey League team’s trip from training camp to San Antonio when it was taken Monday morning.

″These have been like two days from hell,″ Goldsworthy said. ″We had no sticks at all for practice today. It was just a joke.″

The first-year Iguanas open the season at Tulsa on Saturday night.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers will not renew the contracts of pitching coach Claude Osteen, third-base coach Dave Oliver, first-base coach Mickey Hatcher and dugout coach Jackie Moore.

The Rangers also said Tuesday that batting coach Willie Upshaw and defensive coach Perry Hill have been offered positions to be determined in the organization.

Hatcher, Moore, Osteen and Upshaw spent two seasons with Texas under manager Kevin Kennedy, who was replaced by Johnny Oates this month. Doug Melvin also recently replaced Tom Grieve as general manager.

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Soviet Wings will face all 17 International Hockey League teams in regular-season games, beginning Nov. 3 against Turner Cup champion Atlanta.

’We have a very young team, but they are good and have been playing well lately,″ Wings coach Igor Dmitriev said. ″We are looking forward to the challenge of playing against the IHL.″

The Russian Penguins were 2-9-2 against IHL teams last season.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was elected president and Jerome Holtzman of the Chicago Tribune vice president of the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday.

Jack O’Connell of The Hartford Courant was re-elected as secretary- treasurer and Jack Lang of Sportsticker was appointed assistant secretary- treasurer by the board of directors.

Meyer named Paul Hagen of The Philadelphia Daily News, Nick Peters of The Sacramento Bee, Serge Touchette of Le Journal de Montreal and outgoing president Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to the board of directors.

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TORONTO (AP) - CFL commissioner Larry Smith told the Hamilton Tiger-Cats they must have 15,000 season tickets and $1 million in corporate donations by December in order to remain in the Ontario city for the 1995 season.

The Toronto Globe and Mail reported today that the team has until Dec. 9 to come up with 12,000 season tickets. ″And this time, it was laid down and etched in stone,″ Winnipeg president Reg Low told the newspaper.

The Tiger-Cats are expected to lose nearly $3 million this season after operating with a $2.5 million deficit in 1993.

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ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Hawks guard Craig Ehlo was scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery today on his right knee.

Ehlo, who averaged 10.0 points and 3.3 assists last season, is expected to be sidelined three to four weeks.

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MONTREAL (AP) - Montreal Expos pitching coach Joe Kerrigan, who attracted interest from several major league teams, signed a two-year contract Tuesday.

Montreal had an NL-best 3.56 ERA last season and held opponents to a .247 batting average.

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Tom Sorenson and Bob Ctvrtlik each had 31 kills as the United States beat Japan 15-9, 15-8, 16-17, 15-7 on Tuesday night to even the seven-match series 2-2.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand’s Julie Richardson has retired after 11 years on the women’s professional tennis tour to concentrate on coaching at the Pacific Palisades club in Los Angeles.

Richardson, 27, has been ranked among the top 250 players in the world since 1984, reaching a high of No. 102 in 1989. She won four Futures singles titles and has represented New Zealand in the Federation Cup.

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TORONTO (AP) - Jim Rutledge will not play for Canada in next month’s World Cup of Golf in Puerto Rico because of a schedule conflict.

Rutledge, selected to join Dave Barr in the World Cup on Nov. 10-13, withdrew to play in the second stage of the PGA Tour’s qualifying tournament on Nov. 8-11. Japan PGA Tour player Rick Gibson is expected to replace Rutledge.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Kenny Noe Jr., executive vice president at Calder and Tropical Park, was appointed president and general manager of the New York Racing Association on Tuesday.

Noe, 66, replaces Gerald McKeon, who resigned last week.

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COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) - The Mesa Verde Country Club will be the site of the Senior PGA Tour’s inaugural Toshiba Senior Classic on March 17-19.

The 54-hole event will offer an $800,000 purse.

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MIDDLESBROUGH, England (AP) - WBO bantamweight champion Alfred ″Cobra″ Kotey of Ghana outpointed Armando Castro of Mexico in a unanimous 12-round decision Tuesday night.

Kotey improved to 19-1 and Castro dropped to 43-16-3.

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