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January 21, 1995

CINCINNATI (AP) _ The Cincinnati Reds are in salary arbitration with three players who were offered contracts under baseball’s old operating system.

Three teams have arbitration cases, holdovers from the old system, but none of the others has more than one player. The players were eligible for arbitration because teams offered them contracts under the old system.

Brian Hunter, Pete Schourek and Eddie Taubensee exchanged arbitration figures with the Reds on Thursday. All three will more than double their 1994 salaries even if they lose their cases.

There are only two other arbitration cases pending under the old system, which was eliminated Dec. 23 when owners implemented their salary cap plan. California’s Chili Davis and San Francisco’s Darryl Strawberry also traded figures with their teams Thursday.

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BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Celtics activated forward Acie Earl from the injured list Friday and put forward Derek Strong on it with a bruised muscle in the left shoulder.

Strong has appeared in 36 games, averaging 6 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Earl was placed on the injured list Jan. 9 to make room for forward Dino Radja.

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BOSTON (AP) _ A pro wrestler known as ``Astro Man,″ who allegedly bit a police officer during his arrest last month, was among six people indicted Thursday on drug charges, prosecutors said.

The grappler, 30-year-old Victor Ortiz of Chelsea, and the others were involved in a cocaine trafficking ring busted last month by federal and state police, as well as local officers from Lynn and Chelsea, state prosecutors said.

Four of the six were arrested Dec. 20 after they attempted to sell a kilogram of cocaine to an undercover state police officer in Chelsea.

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OSLO, Norway (AP) _ A national hockey team player, who injured two spectators by hurling his broken stick into the stands during a game, was suspended indefinitely Friday.

Norwegian defenseman Tommie Eriksen, 24, on Thursday broke his aluminum hockey stick against the plexiglass and then flung the pieces into the stands.

Reports said a 15-year-old boy lost three teeth and a newspaper photographer was hit in the eye by a splinter. Both were treated at a clinic and released.

Eriksen was taunted by Stjernen fans, who sometimes threw trash at him in the penalty box.

When they cheered a two-minute penalty on Eriksen for roughing, he pounded his stick on the plexiglass. Eriksen was then given a 10-minute misconduct before he threw the broken stick into the stands.

Six policemen escorted Eriksen from the rink after the game. Reports said the two injured spectators and the Stjernen team had filed complaints against Eriksen with the police.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Notre Dame basketball player Keith Kurowski will undergo testing Saturday in Indianapolis after suffering heart palpitations, a university spokesman said.

Kurowski noticed the problem during the Jan. 12 game at Missouri, and again during warm-ups for Tuesday’s game against Dayton, said Mike Enright, assistant sports information director.

Doctors think Kurowski is suffering from Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which occasionally causes his heart to beat rapidly, Enright said. The condition is treatable and is not life-threatening, he added.

Kurowski, the Irish’s second-leading scorer averaging 11.1 points, could play Saturday against Xavier, Enright said.

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CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Hamilton is one of eight private Division III colleges in upstate New York to join together to form the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association.

The conference will start play in the fall and consist of Clarkson, Hamilton, Hobart-William Smith, Rensselaer, Rochester, St. Lawrence, Skidmore and Union colleges.

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