TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) _ The Phoenix Cardinals have sold out Sun Devil Stadium in time to lift a local television blackout for the second time since they moved from St. Louis in 1988.
Now they have to find a way to win before a capacity crowd.
The live telecast Sunday from 73,521-seat Sun Devil Stadium will end a string of 35 straight blackouts imposed by an NFL requirement that that a stadium be sold out at least 72 hours in advance of kickoff before local TV can carry the game.
The first live telecast to Maricopa County of a Cardinals’ home game was a Monday night game against the Cowboys on Sept. 12, 1988.
SAITACHO, Japan (AP) - LPGA tour player Ayako Okamoto was hit over the right eye by a ball during a pro-am charity match today and will skip a tournament this weekend.
The shot was hit by a male amateur, but Okamoto asked that his identity not be disclosed, Japan LPGA official Yoko Kashiwagi said.
She said the 41-year-old Okamoto would skip the Daio Seishi Elleair Women’s Open, which starts Friday.
Okamoto has won two tournaments in Japan this season and is fifth on the Japan LPGA’s money list with $368,000.
SARNIA, Ontario (AP) - Ted Garvin, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings for 11 games in 1973, died at St. Joseph Hospital after a long illness. He was 72.
Garvin, who died Wednesday, gained his reputation in the International Hockey League as the coach of the former Port Huron Flags. Under his leadership, the team won the Turner Cup in 1971 and 1972.
After his brief stint with the Red WingsL, Garvin coached the Toledo Goaldiggers, winning Turner Cups in 1975 and 1978.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Grant Hill scored 24 points in 26 minutes as No. 3 Duke coasted to a 105-81 victory over High Five America in an exhibition game.
Hill, a junior swingman, also had eight rebounds, five assists and three steals for the two-time defending national champions in Wednesday night’s game.
Sophomore center Cherokee Parks had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils. Thomas Hill scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Bobby Hurley finished with 13 points and six assists.
Troy Lewis led High Five America with 22 points.
DENVER (AP) - The expansion Colorado Rockies completed their coaching staff by hiring former major leaguers Ron Hassey, Amos Otis and Jerry Royster.
The Rockies announced the hirings Wednesday.
They trio joins pitching coach Larry Bearnarth and bench coach Don Zimmer on manager Don Baylor’s staff.
Hassey, a 13-year major league veteran, will be the Rockies’ first-base coach and Royster will be the third-base coach. Otis, a lifetime .277 batter, will be the hitting instructor.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Celtics placed forward Ed Pinckney on the injured list with a strained left knee and activated forward Marcus Webb, who had been on the list with a hand injury.
The Celtics announced the moves Wednesday.
Pinckney, who started five of Boston’s first seven games, played only seven minutes in Tuesday night’s 101-97 loss at Washington. He’s averaging 4.6 points and 6.1 rebounds.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Roberto Duran, at age 41 still hoping for a shot at a fifth world boxing title, will face Sammy Matos in a 10-round fight Dec. 17 at Cleveland State University.
Duran (87-9) last fought Sept. 30, when he won a 10-round unanimous decision over Tony Biglen in Buffalo, N.Y. Before that, Duran had gone 18 months without a fight while he recovered from a shoulder injury.
Matos is 26-15-1 with 12 knockouts.
Previously a champion in the lightweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight divisions, Duran is now hoping to get a shot at Iran Barkley’s super middleweight crown. He beat Barkley for the middleweight title in 1989.