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April 5, 1996

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Former Florida State player Christian Raynor shot a 5-under-par 67 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Nike Tallahassee Open.

``Local knowledge can only take you so far,″ said Raynor, who closed with two birdies on the Golden Eagle Country Club course. ``You still have to make the shots and hole the putts.″

Emlyn Aubrey, Ben Bates, Ricky Smallridge and Mark Wurtz opened with 68s.


FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) _ The 1999 U.S. Women’s Open will be played at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss., the USGA said Thursday.

``This will truly be an event not just in West Point, but within all of Mississippi and the entire South,″ Old Waverly chairman George Bryan said.

Old Waverly, which opened in 1988, had been slotted for the 2000 Open, with the Merit Club in Libertyville, Ill., to be the host in 1999.

However, when it was announced the 1999 PGA Championship would be played at nearby Medinah Country Club, Old Waverly and the Merit Club agreed to exchange years. The tournament is scheduled for June 3-6.


TORONTO (AP) _ A tentative settlement has been reached for control of Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd., the NHL team and its historic arena.

The Ontario Public Trustee dropped its legal action against the executors of Harold Ballard’s estate Thursday, making grocery store magnate Steve Stavro the principal owner.

Stavro will pay $23.5 million over five years to Ballard’s charitable foundation, the Trustee stated. Stavro, chairman and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd., will pay the equivalent of $49.50 a share for the 60 percent block owned by the Ballard charitable estate.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ San Jose Sharks defenseman Doug Bodger signed a multiyear contract extension Thursday.

``Doug is one of our key guys,″ Sharks general manager Dean Lombardi said. ``He provides quality leadership and veteran experience to our locker room and has proven his value to our franchise.″

Bodger, 29, was obtained from Buffalo in a three-way trade Nov. 16 that sent Pat Falloon to Philadelphia. The 12-year veteran has four goals and 24 assists in 69 games this season.


CLEVELAND (AP) _ The New York Yankees signed free agent outfielder Dion James on Thursday and sent outfielder Matt Luke to Class AAA Columbus.

James, 33, who hit .287 in 85 games with the Yankees last year, had been released by Montreal after signing a minor league contract.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) _ Alex Van Pelt, who beat the odds in training camp and eventually became a backup to Jim Kelly, signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills on Thursday.

Van Pelt, 26, took over the No. 2 quarterback job from rookie Todd Collins in the regular season. Van Pelt later threw a touchdown pass while filling in for Kelly during a playoff loss to Pittsburgh.

The Bills also signed cornerback Emanuel Martin to a one-year deal.


MIAMI (AP) _ The Miami Dolphins signed defensive ends Daniel Stubbs and Aaron Jones to one-year contracts Thursday and also agreed to terms with former Texas Southern track star Henry Neal.

Stubbs, 31, had 29 tackles and five sacks in 16 games for Philadelphia last season. Jones, 29, played in nine games for New England, finishing the season with seven tackles and one sack.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) _ The Chicago Bears declined to match Green Bay’s offer to linebacker Ron Cox on Thursday.

Cox, 28, signed a three-year, $3.9 million contract with the Packers last week. The deal includes a $900,000 signing bonus.


DALLAS (AP) _ The Dallas Cowboys re-signed record-setting kicker Chris Boniol on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Boniol, a two-year veteran, hit 27 of 28 field goals last season, including his last 25 attempts.


SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) _ Pro Bowl special teamer Elbert Shelley signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.

Shelley has 144 special teams tackles in his nine-year career with the Falcons. He also has an interception and two sacks.


ASHBURN, Va. (AP) _ The Washington Redskins re-signed defensive back Muhammad Oliver on Thursday.

Oliver played in only one game last season, the opener against Arizona, before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in practice the next week. He played three seasons with Miami before joining the Redskins.


ERIE, Pa. (AP) _ Jerry Slocum, who coached Geneva College to the NAIA tournament quarterfinals this season, was hired Thursday as Gannon University’s basketball coach.

Slocum succeeds former Marquette coach Bob Dukiet, who quit with five games remaining in the season after being told his contract would not be renewed. Gannon finished 11-16, its first losing record in 25 years.


ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Cajero edged Dangerous Scenario by 1 1/2 lengths Thursday in the $46,000 feature race at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Corey Black, Cajero covered 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf course in 1:14 1-5 and paid $11.80, $4.20 and $3. Dangerous Scenario returned $2.80 and $2.40 and Tower Full paid $3.40 to show.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Ridden in Thestars beat Z’s Cover Girl by 5 1/2 lengths Thursday in the $31,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.

Ridden in Thestars, ridden by John Velazquez, ran 6 furlongs in 1:11 3-5 and paid $8.60, $4.30 and $3.80. Z’s Cover Girl returned $5 and $4.10 and Northville paid $14.20 to show.

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