CINCINNATI (AP) _ Deion Sanders downplayed his first game in Atlanta since the Braves traded him to Cincinnati last month for Roberto Kelly.

''I have no ties with Atlanta anymore in both baseball and football,'' the two-sport star said of today's game. ''It's just another team we've got to beat. It's nothing special.

''Sure, I'll be playing against guys I played with for the past three years, but other than that it's just another dugout.''

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Left, right, left, right.

Mark Eichhorn writes left-handed, eats with his right hand, shoots a gun and plays pool left-handed and pitches right-handed.

''I'm goofed up. Actually, I'm pretty ambidextrous,'' the Balimore Orioles reliever said Thursday. ''I guess we're considered more intelligent because we use both sides of the brain.''

He's hasn't allowed a run in 20 2-3 innings in 15 appearances since May 1.

''I've just gone back to the basics, mainly concentrating on keeping the ball down,'' Eichhorn said. ''At the start of the season I was wild, even though I wasn't giving up that many walks. I was pitching in the middle of the strike zone and they were hitting the ball every time they swung.''

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TORONTO (AP) - Detroit Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov plans to become a U.S. citizen.

''I don't want to go back,'' said the 24-year-old Russian, who received the Hart Trophy as MVP and the Selke Award as top defensive forward during the NHL Awards banquet Thursday night.

''Maybe I will visit some day but I prefer the United States. I know it's lots of trouble for the Russian people now.''

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NEW YORK (AP) - As sports bets go, this one is a bit obscure.

If the Houston Rockets win the NBA Finals, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has to wear a Stetson for a day. If the New York Knicks win, Houston Mayor Bob Lanier has to wear a fedora for a day.

A fedora?

''That's a hat that's worn by businesspeople in New York,'' Giuliani asserted Thursday. ''I wear one.''

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A well-known outdoorsman pleaded guilty to shooting nearly three times as many ducks as allowed under a daily limit.

Fred Ramsey, 43, pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor after he and another hunter were caught with 28 dead and dying ducks. The daily limit during waterfowl season is two.

Ramsay, who faces a year in prison and a $100,000 fine, hosts ''Fred Ramsay's Outdoor Magazine'' on KCMO radio in Kansas City, KQTV-TV's ''The American Outdoorsman'' and KFEQ radio's ''Midwest Outdoors'' in St. Joseph.