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May 4, 1991

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) _ The Minnesota North Stars have canceled a scheduled Met Center broadcast of Game 2 of their Campbell Conference playoff series against the Oilers in Edmonton because of excessive rowdiness by some fans during a similar event Thursday.

About 2,300 people paid $1 each Thursday for the chance to skate on the Met Center ice and watch the North Stars play the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 of the series. The North Stars won 3-1.

A statement released Friday by the club said ″a few hundred fans had another agenda, destroying property and placing our fans and staff at risk.″

Bloomington police reported sending 13 squad cars to the arena between 10:10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Police said they arrested two juveniles for disorderly conduct and fifth-degree assault, one juvenile for allegedly stealing a North Stars flag and one for underage consumption of alcohol. ″On balance, we have concluded that opening our facility to this kind of behavior is not in the interests of our customers or the long-term goals of the franchise,″ the release said.

Pat Forciea, the North Stars’ vice president for communications and operations, said the problems were caused by about 200 high school students who had too much alcohol to drink before they entered the building. No alcohol was served to minors inside, he said.

Thursday’s event raised $2,300 for the International Special Olympics.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Paralyzed Ole Miss football player Chucky Mullins has been moved from a hospital in Oxford, Miss., to Baptist Memorial Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., officials said.

Mullins, who collapsed at his home Wednesday, was airlifted Friday after physicians determined he had stabilized enough to make the trip. The change from Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford was made because the Memphis facility is better equipped to handle long term care, officials said.

A massive blood clot shut down Mullins’ lungs Wednesday as he was being dressed to go to classes at Ole Miss.

Mullins’ football career ended Oct. 28, 1989, against Vanderbilt University when he made a tackle that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sophomore forward Zan Mason has been granted a release to transfer from UCLA to another school, Bruins coach Jim Harrick said.

Mason appeared in 27 games last season, averaging 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds while making 42.1 percent of his field goal attempts and 78 percent of his free throws.

″This was a hard decision for me to make because I like UCLA so much,″ said Mason, who has not yet selected a new school. ″I want to make sure people understand I have enjoyed my association with the coaches and players here and I have also enjoyed my educational experiences.

″The bottom line is that I want to make more of a contribution on the basketball court and I feel that in order to accomplish that goal, I have to go to another school.″

Harrick said Friday he’s sorry to see Mason leave, but he understood.

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CLEVELAND (AP) - The North American Hockey League, a new professional league with franchises in six cities, will begin play in November, the league announced.

The NAHL will have teams in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Miami, and Hamilton, Ont.

A draft of players to stock teams will be held June 3 at the league office in Cleveland.

Gordon Stenback, president of the league and a principal in the Cincinnati franchise, said Friday the inaugural season will include 70 regular-season games, followed by playoffs next April.

Franchises in Dallas-Ft. Worth and northern California will be added in 1992-93, the league said.

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SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Paul Newman will make his SCCA World Challenge racing debut today in a Lotus Esprit Turbo at Sears Point International Raceway.

Newman, of Westport, Conn., raced in SCCA’s Trans-Am series the last 10 years, but switched to the production-based sports car series this season.

Joining Newman in his World Challenge debut will be actor Michael Brockman, who will share time with Newman in the three-hour race.

Newman, entering his 19th season of racing, will drive one of three Lotus Esprit Turbos. The others will de driven by actor Bobby Carradine, who recorded the fastest practice time for World Challenge cars Friday, and Doc Bundy, who won here last year.

The SCCA Trans-Am series opens its season Sunday as the weekend’s feature race. Darin Brassfield, in an Oldsmobile, will be shooting for three straight Trans-Am victories at the Sonoma course.

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