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November 27, 1996

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Hours after city manager Jack McGrory brokered a deal between the Chargers and Padres, the City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to finance a $78 million expansion of Jack Murphy Stadium.

The council voted 6-2 to introduce the ordinance authorizing the sale of bonds to expand and improve the 29-year-old stadium. Approval could be made in two weeks, and the bonds are expected to be issued around Dec. 10.

The project to add 11,800 seats is scheduled to begin Jan. 2 and be completed by Sept. 1 in time for the 1997 NFL season, which will culminate with the Super Bowl on Jan. 25, 1998 at the stadium.

The Chargers, who control the marketing of the stadium’s skyboxes, agreed to buy $800,000 worth of baseball tickets for the 1998 and 1999 seasons for skyboxes located between the foul poles.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Wide receiver Jimmy Smith, whose play was a factor in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ decision to release Andre Rison, signed a new contract Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Smith, who would have been a free agent, has 58 receptions for 822 yards this season and leads the team with five touchdown catches.

The Jaguars also placed defensive tackle Andre Davis and linebacker Nate Dingle on injured reserve. Davis broke his ankle and Dingle injured an Achilles tendon Sunday in the team’s 28-25 overtime victory over Baltimore.

The Jaguars filled their roster spots by activating tight end Chris Griffin from the practice squad and signing defensive end Juan Hammonds.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The St. Louis Blues acquired forward Mike Peluso and minor-league defenseman Ricard Persson from the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday for defenseman Ken Sutton and a 1999 second-round pick.

Peluso, 31, had two assists and a team-leading 68 penalty minutes in 20 games for the Devils this season. He has 36 goals, 49 assists and 1,680 penalty minutes in 391 games with Chicago, Ottawa and New Jersey.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The Orlando Magic signed guard Dell Demps on Tuesday to fill a roster spot that opened when Dennis Scott was placed on the injured list for the second time this month.

Demps played for the Magic in the summer professional league in July, averaging nearly 17 points and four rebounds. He has played in 18 games during stints with the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.

Scott returned to the injured list because of a strained left hamstring Monday, just four days after coming off his first stay on the list.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Richie Hebner, fired by the Toronto Blue Jays as manager of their Triple-A Syracuse farm club, joined the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday as the hitting coach of Class A Lynchburg.

Hebner, the third baseman on the Pirates’ 1971 World Series championship team, spent five years with Toronto as a minor-league manager and roving hitting instructor. He was Boston’s hitting coach from 1989-91.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Bethune-Cookman football coach Cy McClairen retired Tuesday, giving way to longtime assistant Alvin Wyatt.

McClairen, 65, was 71-60-3 in two stints at the school from 1961-72 and 1994-96. He will remain at the university as associate athletic director.

Wyatt, a Bethune-Cookman graduate who spent three years with the Buffalo Bills, joined the Wildcats staff in 1977.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Quixote’s Luck edged Bet On Sunshine by a nose Tuesday in the $50,800 feature for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs.

Quixote’s Luck, ridden by Calvin Borel, covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17 3-5, and paid $20.60, $6.40 and $2.80 for his 11th victory in 37 starts. The 4-year-old earned $30,008 to increase his lifetime total to $268,555.

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