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November 12, 1991

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Tom Hersey, the winningest football coach in Canisius history, retired Tuesday after 10 years on the job.

″This was not a decision I made in haste or one that was made as a result of this past season,″ Hersey said. ″Ten seasons seemed to be a good time to end my tenure as head coach.″

Canisius (2-7) lost its finale Saturday to Alfred, 22-3.

Hersey had a career record of 49-42-2, beating Luke Urban’s record of 46 wins set in 1930.

Hersey, 49, will continue to be the college’s director of student recruitment.

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LONDON (AP) - The Soviet Union will hold its first internationally sanctioned auto races next summer near Moscow.

The Moscow Super Prix will include a Renault formula race and a series of saloon car races. The Renault class features drivers who hope to move up to Formula 3000 or Formula One.

The races will take place on a 1.7-mile track in the Lenin Hills overlooking the Soviet capital, Soviet and British officials said at a news conference at the Soviet Embassy.

″This is, we hope, the start of a series of top international motor racing events in my country,″ embassy spokesman Grigory Karasin said.

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LONDON (AP) - The world sportscar championship series has been canceled after 38 years.

″There is insufficient commitment to the series,″ Max Mosley, president of FISA, the international governing body of motor sports, was quoted as saying Tuesday.

The decision must be ratified by the World Motor Sport Council.

The series is expected to be replaced by seven or eight endurance races of 1,000 kilometers. The 24-hours of Le Mans will continue.

New regulations, including the introduction of 3.5-litre cars, were intended to bring the sport in line with Formula One. But the high-tech cars and engines escalated costs sharply, and the series also suffered from declining attendance.

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DIDCOT, England (AP) - Al Unser Jr. will test drive for the Williams team in Portugal next week as part of the team’s preparations for the 1992 Formula One season.

Unser will join regular Williams driver Riccardo Patrese and Damon Hill for five days, beginning Monday, Williams officials said Tuesday. The team’s top driver, Nigel Mansell, is moving from England to Florida and is not available for the tests.

″In the past we have wanted to give Al a run in a Williams, but circumstances have never been right,″ team chief Frank Williams said.

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TOKYO (AP) - The Soviet Union and defending champion Cuba clinched berths in the final round of the World Cup women’s volleyball by scoring their fourth straight qualifying-round victories on Tuesday.

The Soviets beat South Korea in Group A 11-15, 15-13, 15-7, 14-16, 15-8.

Cuba beat Germany in Group B 15-6, 15-9, 15-8.

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BRANDON, Manitoba (AP) - Former NHL player Kevin Maxwell is the new coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.

General manager Kelly McCrimmon made the announcement Monday night.

Maxwell, 31, played for the Minnesota North Stars, the Colorado Rockies and the New Jersey Devils. He also played for Canada in the Lake Placid Olympics.

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GWALIOR, India (AP) - South Africa, losing its second match in as many tries since ending a 21-year absence from international cricket, was beaten by India by 38 runs on Tuesday.

The South Africans, on a three-match tour of India, lost the series opener Sunday in Calcutta.

″We just need more exposure to sharpen ourselves,″ captain Clive Rice said. ″We batted too slowly. Our bowling was not too bad.″

Team spokesman Chris Day said before the match that the event was more important than the score.

South Africa was banned from international cricket in 1970 because of apartheid. The ban was lifted this year after South Africa started dismantling its racial separation policies.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Bruce Bickford, who ran the 10,000 meters at the 1988 Olympics, has retired after 18 years of competition because of an injury to his right Achilles tendon.

Bickford, 34, said the injury has not healed despite laser surgery in Italy and two conventional operations.

Since the 1988 Games, he competed only five times, and he has not run since winning the half marathon at the 1989 Olympic Festival.

Bickford, the only American to qualify for the 10,000 meter finals in Seoul, South Korea, finished 18th.