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March 3, 1987

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) _ California and Colorado both fell from the unbeaten ranks, leaving a seven- way tie for first place after three rounds in the 31st annual National Men’s Curling Championships at the Olympic Center.

Minnesota, an 8-6 winner over pre-tournament favorite Wisconsin earlier in the day, rallied from a 4-0 deficit after three ends to take an 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Curling Club Monday night.

Colorado, which breezed past New Hampshire in the afternoon round, fell to North Dakota, 8-4.

In other action Monday night, Washington topped New Jersey, 7-3; New York edged Illinois 6-4; New Hampshire got past Alaska 7-6; and Wisconsin kept Michigan winless with a 7-4 triumph.

New York, Minnesota, California, Colorado, North Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin are all tied for the top spot with 2-1 records.

Earlier Monday, Paul Pustovar had two take-out shots to lead Minnesota to its 8-6 victory over defending champion Wisconsin in the second draw. Minnesota, which was upset in the opening round Sunday by Colorado, rallied in the final end with three stones, one of them by Pustovar. He also scored in the tenth end.

In other action earlier in the day, Colorado, a 7-6 upset winner over Minnesota in Sunday’s opener, ripped New Hampshire 8-1; California trimmed Washington 7-5; Alaska defeated Illinois 8-4; North Dakota routed New York 11-2; and New Jersey topped Michigan 9-3.

The winner of the tournament, which concludes Saturday, will advance to the World Curling Championships later this month in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - With the arrival of pitcher Joaquin Andujar and shortstop Alfredo Griffin, the lone absent player at the Oakland A’s spring training camp remains slugger Jose Canseco.

The holdout 1986 American League Rookie of the Year award winner was told by the A’s general manager Monday that the situation will get ″more complicated after March 4th.″

″We had a good conversation,″ said Sandy Alderson, who talked with Canseco by telephone. ″It was not a negotiation. I gave him some thoughts.″

Alderson said he planned to give the same message to Canseco’s agent, Howard Ashlock, who seeks a $200,000 salary for the outfielder. The A’s have offered $150,000 to Canseco, who hit 33 homers and drove in 117 runs.

Major league baseball clubs can take disclipinary action, such as fines, against players failing to report to spring training by this Wednesday. Canseco is home in Miami and has threatened to stay there indefinitely.

″Canseco needs to be here,″ Reggie Jackson said. ″It’s time.″

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SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle SuperSonics have announced the signing of veteran guard Eddie Johnson to a 10-day contract, replacing injured Terrence Stansbury.

Johnson, a 6-foot-2 190-pounder, has been with the Continental Basketball Association’s Tampa Bay Thrillers since mid-December, where he averaged more than 22 points and four assists a game.

The 32-year-old former Auburn University All-America player was on the rosters of the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers last season.

Johnson has averaged 15.3 points per game for his NBA career, along with five assists. He was named to the NBA’s Eastern Conference All-Star team in 1980 and 1981.

In 1979 and 1980, he was named to the NBA’s second team all-defensive squad.

In his opening game with the Sonics on Monday night, Johnson scored 10 points in nine minutes of action against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Sonics won the game 123-107.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Maurice ″Mo″ Mozzali, the St. Louis Cardinals’ chief scout, died after suffering a massive heart attack while watching an amatuer game in Lakeland, Fla.

Mozzali, 65, died Monday at Lakeland Regional Hospital. He was a 40-year veteran of the Cardinals’ organization, having joined as a minor league player in 1947.

A lifelong resident of Louisville, Ky., Mozzali was acquired by the Cardnals in a minor-league trade from Manchester in the New England League. He was a good hitter who averaged close to .300 in nine years at the Class AAA- level. For six of those years he was with the Cardinals’ Columbus club in the American Association.

But as a first baseman, he faced some formidable competition in Stan Musial and Joe Cunnigham.

Mozzali’s first managing job was in 1958 at Albany, Ga. He was a coach for the Cardinals in 1977-78. As a scout, he signed such players as catcher Ted Simmons and pitcher Larry Jaster.

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TORONTO (AP) - Carling O’Keefe Ltd. is to decide today whether to keep the Toronto Argonauts or sell the Canadian Football League team to one of two prospective buyers, brewery spokesman John Barnett says.

Barnett headed a group that made recommendations to the brewery’s board of governors on the proposals from Toronto realtor Marty Atkins and an unnamed local businessman. He would not say whether either bid had been acceptable.

″It wouldn’t be appropriate at this time to speak about it,″ Barnett said Monday. ″Everything will be made public″ today.

The Argos were put up for sale earlier this winter but one stumbling block may be the sale of Carling O’Keefe by Rothmans Inc. to the Australian conglomerate Elders IXL Ltd.

Elders chairman John Elliot said last week the sports-minded conglomerate would keep Carling O’Keefe’s sports franchises - the Argos and the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League - if the football club wasn’t sold prior to the end of the six- to eight-week period before Elders officially acquired Carling O’Keefe.

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