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May 16, 1996

LETHBRIDGE, Alberta (AP) _ New York Islanders goalie Jamie McLennan is recovering from a potentially fatal blood infection that prompted an international health alert.

McLennan, 24, hospitalized May 6 with an infection closely related to meningitis, is on his way to a full recovery, but it’s not known when he will be discharged, hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Drozdowski said Wednesday.

``This is the same bug that causes meningitis, but only rarely does anyone who comes in contact with it actually develop disease,″ Dr. Paul Hasselback said. ``This particular bug causes meningitis about two-thirds of the time and causes another blood infection about a third of the time.

``The risk is after initial exposure, and we treat these as public health emergencies, tracking down those at risk and providing medication to them. In this case, we were tracking people within North America within 24 hours of confirmation of the diagnosis.″

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A day after his no-hitter, New York Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden returned to Tampa to be with his father who underwent open heart surgery.

``Dan Gooden is doing well and his prognosis is good,″ St. Joseph’s Hospital spokeswoman Colleen Chappell said Wednesday. ``His family thanks everyone for all their support and prayers.″

Dwight Gooden, who dedicated Tuesday night’s no-hitter against Seattle to his father, arrived at the hospital with wife Monica and son Devin.

``They didn’t know if he was going to make it through, so they had a priest over him,″ said Florida star Gary Sheffield, Dan Gooden’s grandson. ``I think Dwight throwing the no-hitter did more good than anything.″

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Michigan lawmakers mingled with Mario Andretti and other top drivers in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the automobile.

``The automobile has touched our lives deeply in many ways,″ said Andretti, who has won both the Formula One and Indy-car titles. ``What would I have raced if the automobile had never been invented?″

Rep. Dick Chrysler, R-Brighton, announced the formation of the American Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus _ intended to raise the profile of the sports performance and specialty industry.

The event at the National Museum of American History featured dozens of sports cars on display, including a 1938 Chevy Coupe dubbed ``The Undertaker.″ A time capsule filled with everything from miniature car models to conceptual drawings also was on display.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Katsuhiro Maeda, a 24-year-old Japanese pitcher with orange-dyed hair and a 98 mph fastball, has signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees.

The Yankees paid more than $350,000 to the Seibu Lions for rights to the right-hander, The Tampa Tribune reported today. The contract, signed Tuesday, includes a $1.5 million signing bonus.

Maeda arrived in Tampa on Monday and is scheduled to be in New York on Friday for a news conference. He will then return to Japan to a get a visa that will allow him to work in the United States.

Maeda is expected back in Tampa in seven to 10 days, when he will begin working with the extended spring team. After several starts, he likely will be assigned to Norwich, Conn., of the Class AA Eastern League.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett, sidelined by glaucoma in his right eye since the end of the exhibition season, will seek a second opinion on his vision problem next week.

Puckett, whose vision has improved enough for him to take batting practice, is to be examined Monday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The 10-time All-Star is being treated at the Retina Institute of Maryland.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Bothered by pain in his right shoulder the past seven months, Mark McCumber will try to play through the PGA Championship in August before having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.

Rehabilitation is expected to take from six to eight months. That could put McCumber back in time for the Florida swing and the Masters _ assuming surgery can wait until August.

``The doctors have agreed that this is something that happened gradually,″ said McCumber, a 10-time winner on the PGA Tour. ``It’s not something that one more golf swing is going to make worse. I want to try and play in some tournaments that are very important to me.″

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