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August 10, 1994

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) _ Jim Tuppeny, former head track and cross country coach at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named assistant head track coach at Villanova University.

Tuppeny, who joins the staff of newly-appointed coach John Marshall, was originally hired as Villanova’s assistant track coach in 1953 by former Wildcat coach James ″Jumbo″ Elliott. He worked in that position for 13 years.

Tuppeny, 69, is also a former president of the NCAA Track & Field Coaches Association and a former vice president for The Athletics Congress, now USA Track & Field.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Panthers on Tuesday announced the re-signing of defenseman Brent Severyn to a multiyear contract.

Severyn, 28, established career highs this season in games played (67), goals (4), assists (7) and points (11).

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MIAMI (AP) - Center Ed Stokes has decided to play in Italy this year rather than try to make the Miami Heat’s roster.

Stokes was taken by the Heat in the second round of the 1993 draft. He played in Greece last season. In Italy, the 7-footer will play in the top European league and be paid $1 million.

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WILSON, N.C. (AP) - Michael Williford and Kelly Miller each shot rounds of 69 and 67 Tuesday, finishing at eight-under par 136, to earn berths in the U.S. Golf Association Amateur championship in Florida next week.

Also qualifying for the championship were Mark Thaxton of Pinehurst, Danny Gurley of Hillsborough and Dean Channell of Cary.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers recalled left-handed pitcher James Hurst from Double-A Tulsa of the Texas League on Tuesday, and sent right-handed pitcher John Dettmer to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Hurst, 27, started the season with the Rangers. He had no record and a 10.24 ERA in seven relief appearances before being sent to Oklahoma City of the American Association on April 25.

Dettmer was 0-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 11 games and nine starts.

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) - Brian MacPhie, who turned professional last year, produced one of two upsets Tuesday in the inaugural USTA/OTB Challenger tennis tournament, ousting fourth-seeded Daniel Nestor 6-4, 6-2.

Also upset in the first round Tuesday was eighth-seeded Albert Chang, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 by Richard Schmidt.

Also, second-seeded Maurice Ruah beat Tamer El Sawy 7-5, 7-6 (7-3); Mark Knowles downed Paul Kilderry 7-5, 6-2 and fifth-seeded Vince Spadea defeated Martin Blackman 6-1, 6-2.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Sophomore running back Terrence Foy will miss the entire season for disciplinary reasons, Florida coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday.

Assistant athletic director Norm Carlson clarified Spurrier’s statement by saying Foy has been suspended indefinitely.

Foy was expected to miss only the first five games after breaking team rules this past spring for the second time in a year. Spurrier did not say whether Foy’s suspension was the result of a more recent violation or the one that occurred in the spring.

Foy played in five games in 1993, finishing with 104 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Foy missed two late-season games for breaking team rules a first time.

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SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) - Offensive lineman Jim Ritcher became the 11th veteran player picked up by the Atlanta Falcons this off-season when the former Buffalo Bills guard agreed to a one-year contract Tuesday.

Ritcher, at 6-foot-3 and 273 pounds, will report to the Falcons on Wednesday afternoon. Terms of his contract were not disclosed.

Ritcher, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, played in 222 games during a 14- year career with the Bills, including the last four Super Bowls.

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