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December 6, 1995

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Left-hander Jim Poole and the Cleveland Indians agreed Tuesday to a $400,000, one-year contract, a raise of $50,000.

Poole, 29, was 3-3 last season with a 3.75 ERA in 42 relief appearances. He was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in five postseason appearances.

``Jimmy was an integral part of the best bullpen in the American League in 1995,″ Indians general manager John Hart said. ``We are extremely pleased to have him back.″

Poole, who was eligible for salary arbitration, can earn an additional $100,000 in bonuses based on a points system.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Former major-league pitchers Rick Sutcliffe and Ted Power joined the San Diego Padres on Tuesday as minor-league pitching coaches.

Sutcliffe, 39, the 1984 NL Cy Young Award winner, will coach at Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League. Power, 40, was assigned to Peoria of the Arizona Rookie League.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Jack Howell, a 34-year-old third baseman who spent seven seasons in the majors before playing in Japan, rejoined the California Angels on Tuesday, signing a minor-league contract.

Howell played for the Angels from 1985-1991, splitting his last season between California and San Diego. He twice hit more than 20 homers in a season and has a lifetime average of .236.

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DETROIT (AP) _ Detroit Tigers manager Buddy Bell said Tuesday he is replacing all but one of the six coaches on predecessor Sparky Anderson’s staff.

Hitting coach Larry Herndon will return for his fifth season with the team, while Bell added Glenn Ezell (bench coach), Terry Francona (third base), Fred Kendall (bullpen), Jon Matlack (pitching) and Ron Oester (first base).

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Dallas Stars defenseman Kevin Hatcher was suspended for four games and fined $1,000 by the NHL on Tuesday for slashing Colorado’s Claude Lemieux in a game Sunday night.

Hatcher slashed Lemieux on a breakaway during the second period. While no penalty was called on the play, Lemieux sustained a broken finger.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Major League Soccer said Tuesday its inaugural season in 1995 will start April 6 when Washington plays at San Jose.

Each of the 10 teams will play 32 games, plus two exhibition games against foreign opponents. Eight of the 10 teams will make the playoffs.

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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) _ The Washington Redskins signed free agent linebacker Dion Foxx on Tuesday and waived receiver Jeff Query.

Foxx was on Miami’s roster for six weeks earlier this season.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Nine veterans of the U.S. women’s World Cup team, including three-time player of the year Mia Hamm, have rejected contracts from the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Joining Hamm are captain Carla Overbeck, leading goal scorer Michelle Akers, Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Carin Gabarra, Kristine Lilly, Briana Scurry and Tisha Venturini.

All were under contract in 1995 and each was extended an opportunity to return as full-time national team players through September 1996.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) _ New Mexico State coach Neil McCarthy has been readmitted to Memorial Medical Center because of bleeding from his nose, which required surgery last week.

McCarthy, who underwent minor surgery Saturday, re-entered the hospital Monday night and was listed in fair condition Tuesday.

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BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) _ Former NBA forward Anthony Bonner has joined Italian league champion Buckler Bologna, replacing injured Orlando Woolridge.

Bologna, the current leader in the Italian League, signed Bonner after Woolridge broke his right hand in a European Cup game last week.

Bonner averaged 3.8 points last season with the New York Knicks.

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