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Names In The Game

July 25, 1994

BOSTON (AP) _ A second-floor apartment in a South Boston housing project was once the home of both New York Rangers center Brian Noonan and former NHL player Fred Ahern.

″For the young people here today, just think about it,″ Mayor Thomas Menino said Sunday during a ceremony to unveil a plaque at the site. ″These two guys grew up right there. You can be anything you want to be. ... Just set goals for yourself, like Brian and Fred did.″

About 400 people turned out for a rally to honor the players in front of the unassuming brick building on East 9th Street.

″It’s pretty amazing,″ said Noonan as about 100 kids and parents lined up in a schoolyard to get his autograph. ″It’s an honor.″

Ahern played four seasons for the Colorado Rockies, California Golden Seals and Cleveland Barons, ending his career in 1979.


SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Padres claim they aren’t paying much attention to the Lake Elsinore Storm’s bid to outdraw them tonight.

″I think it’s something we could have gotten along without,″ Padres executive Bill Adams said. ″I hate to sound blase, but I’m not getting worked up over it. I’m not going to worry about what minor league teams are doing.″

The Storm, the California Angels’ affiliate in the California League, faced Stockton at 7,566-seat Lake Elsinore Diamond about 60 miles north of San Diego. The Padres played Colorado at Jack Murphy Stadium, where the capacity has been lowered to 46,510 by covering upper deck seats.

San Diego is are averaging 16,989, with a season-low of 7,094 against Pittsburgh on May 31. Lake Elsinore has played before two crowds larger than that this season, including a league-record 7,608 on July 2.

″Storm baseball at the Lake Elsinore Diamond is big league in every respect already,″ Storm general manager Kevin Haughian said, ″but there’s something special about outdrawing a major league team on the same night.″


STE-JULIE, Quebec (AP) - Fred Couples made $165,000 with a birdie on the 18th hole of the Canadian Skins Game with British Open champion Nick Price, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino for a two-day total of $240,000.

″The Skins game is good to me because I make a lot of birdies and I can afford mistakes,″ Couples said after Sunday’s final nine holes at Richelieu Valley Golf Club. ″There are some nerve-wracking putts and you make a few of them and you miss a few of them.″

Price missed one of them to halve the 18th.

″I feel bad for Tom and Lee, but (missing putts) is something I’ve learned to live with,″ Price said. ″When I putt well, I have a chance to win and when I don’t, well I just make the cut, take a check and go the next tournament.″

Trevino made $20,000 and Price $10,000. Watson was shut out.