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April 15, 1993

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Hartford Whalers center Geoff Sanderson is the latest addition to Canada’s roster for the world hockey championships.

Sanderson, 21, is the 15th player to join the Canadian team, which will open the two-week tournament against Switzerland on Monday. Sanderson leads the Whalers in scoring with 46 goals and 86 points in 81 games this season.

Hockey Canada also announced Wednesday that Hartford goaltender Sean Burke will not play because of a back injury. New York Rangers center Mark Messier was approached about playing, but declined because of a rib injury.


NEW YORK (AP) - The 28 major-league teams drew a record 1,392,101 fans for baseball’s opening days, breaking the 1988 mark of 1,219,800 for 26 clubs.

The expansion Colorado Rockies established three attendance records, including a crowd of 80,227, the largest opening-day attendance in history. The previous record was 78,762 for San Francisco at Los Angeles, April 18, 1958.

The Rockies’ opening day crowd also was a single-game record and the total of 212,475 for three games against Montreal set a record for a three-game series, breaking the mark of 188,081 for the New York at Cleveland on Aug. 6-8, 1948.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Aaron Cox, whose draft rights went from Indianapolis to the Los Angeles Rams as part of the Eric Dickerson trade in 1987, signed with the Colts as an unrestricted free agent.

Cox, selected 20th overall by the Rams out of Arizona State in 1988, has 98 receptions for 1,673 yards and eight touchdowns in five seasons with the Rams. Terms of the contract were not disclosed Wednesday.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida sophomore Lisa Raymond, the nation’s top- ranked collegiate tennis player, said Wednesday that she’ll turn professional at the end of the season.

The 19-year-old native of Wayne, Pa., won the NCAA title last year and helped Florida to its first team title. She’s 71-4 at Florida and ranked No. 86 on the women’s professional tour.


SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Orlando Fernandez of Puerto Rico will defend his WBF super bantamweight title against Tony Wehbee of Australia at Revesby in suburban Sydney on April 22, promoter Konrad Janson announced today.

The bout originally was scheduled for April 15 at the Sydney Entertainment Center, then was switched to the Martin Place Amphitheater on April 16.

The New South Wales Boxing Authority said Janson cited a change in sponsorship arrangements as the reason for the latest switch.

Fernandez is 16-6 and Wehbee is 6-1-1.


MONTREAL (AP) - The City of Montreal is negotiating with a group of Vancouver investors in an attempt to sell its $13 million share in the Expos.

″It has never been our intention to remain a shareholder in the Expos,″ said Bertrand Goudreault, who’s in charge of the city’s investment portfolio.

Goudreault declined to name the investors Wednesday, but said they were Canadian and not well known.


BERLIN (AP) - Radicals opposing Berlin’s bid to host the 2000 Olympics were blamed by investigators for fires which damaged Europe’s biggest department store and another major retailer.

Wednesday’s fires were at the Kaufhaus des Westens and a branch of the Hertie department store chain in suburban Berlin. Both companies are sponsors of Berlin’s Olympic bid.

Eike Lancelle of the Berlin Interior Ministry blamed the attacks on radicals opposed to the city’s attempts to host the Olympics.


LONDON (AP) - Cuban discus thrower Hilda Ramos, a two-time silver medalist in the Pan American Games, was suspended for four years by the International Amateur Athletic Federation after testing positive for steroid use.

IAAF spokeswoman Jayne Pearce said Wednesday that Ramos tested positive for methandienone during an out-of-competition test in Cuba in December.


MONTREAL (AP) - Sixth-seeded Jean-Guy Sauve of Canada beat compatriot Francis Chartrier 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) and eighth-seeded Ed Nagel of the United States routed Yannick Violette of Canada 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the Circuit K-Swiss tournament Wednesday.