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October 24, 1990

QUEBEC (AP) _ Robbie Ftorek says a player’s wife can play a key role in preparation for a National Hockey League game.

The Quebec Nordiques’ assistant coach said Monday that when he was coaching the Los Angeles Kings two seasons ago, he held meetings with his players’ wives to discuss their role in game preparation.

″The results were interesting,″ Ftorek said. ″The wives thought it was an excellent idea.They said it was the first time anyone from the organization had ever consulted them.″

After the recent death of Kathy Kerr, wife of Philadelphia Flyers right wing Tim Kerr, Ftorek suggested the idea to Nordiques management.

″They are studying that possibility.″ he said. ″Wives can be excellent motivators for their husbands. You could even say they are at the root of their husbands’ success or failure on the ice.″

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mike Nicklous will look elsewhere in his efforts to move from Class AA to Class AAA.

Nicklous, the owner of the Memphis Chicks in the Class AA Southern Leaguem has withdrawn his offer to buy the Edmonton Trappers of the Pacific Coast League.

Nicklous, a New York businessman, offered more than $5 million for the Trappers two months ago. He has discussed plans to move the team to Memphis and to take the Chicks to Jackson, Tenn., about 75 miles to the northeast.

But James Fox, executive vice president of the Chicks, said Monday night that the offer from Nicklous has expired. The PCL voted last month to keep the Trappers in Edmonton for a year to allow the city time to come up with plans for a new 10,000-seat stadium.

Nicklous has applied for a 1993 Class AAA expansion team with the National League. The league is expected to expand by two teams.

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DALLAS (AP) - Last season, Alex English failed to make the NBA Western Conference All-Star team, breaking a run of eight consecutive appearances. This season, he won’t even be on the ballot.

The Dallas Mavericks will have four representatives on this season’s ballot, which will be released by the NBA office Nov. 5. But English, signed by the Mavericks as a free agent after a long career with Denver, won’t be among them.

Mavericks general manager Norm Sonju said he believes the committee that made up the ballot opted against putting English on it because it knew he would not be starting.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Shawn O’Sullivan is climbing back into the ring.

Trainer Kevin Rooney, who helped Mike Tyson to the world heavyweight title, says O’Sullivan has joined him at his gym in Catskill, N.Y.

″He came to me,″ Rooney said Tuesday from New York. ″He reached out to me.I’ll give him a chance. If he can’t fight, I’ll tell him to forget it. If he can fight, there’s another notch in my belt.″

O’Sullivan, 28, retired in March 1988 after a second-round knockout by Canadian welterweight champion Donovan Boucher. O’Sullivan is 17-3 as a pro after winning an Olympic silver medal in 1984.

He worked out in front of Rooney for the first time Monday and Rooney said that if O’Sullivan makes the grade, he could be fighting again by Christmas.

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