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October 6, 1987

TOKYO (AP) _ Greg ″Boomer″ Wells, formerly of the Minnesota Twins, hit his 38th home run of the Japanese baseball season in the fifth inning as the the Hankyu Braves edged the Nippon Ham Fighters 6-5 Tuesday.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - New York Yankees pitching coach Mark Connor was named coach of the Tennessee Volunteers’ baseball team Tuesday by Vol Athletic Director Doug Dickey.

Connor, 38, becomes Tennessee’s sixth head baseball coach, replacing John Whited, who resigned last spring.

Connor has been with the Yankee organization for eight years, the last four with the parent club. He is a New York native but has a home in Knoxville.

Vol officials also announced the hiring of two assistant baseball coaches: Bill Permakoff, former head coach at the U.S. Military Academy, and Michael Barnett, baseball operations assistant for the Yankees since 1982.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Three top British runners - Hugh Jones, John Graham amd Alister Hutton - have entered the Nov. 1 New York City Marathon, race director Fred Lebow announced Tuesday.

No British runner has won the 26-mile, 385-yard event in the race’s 17-year history, but the three Britons all have strong credentials - each with a best under 2 hours, 9 minutes, 30 seconds.

Jones, third in the 1981 New York City Marathon, has a career-best of 2:09:24 in winning the 1982 London Marathon. Graham, third at New York in 1980 and fifth in 1983, ran a career-best of 2:09:28 in winning the 1981 Rotterdam Marathon.

And Hutton, running in New York for the first time, had a 2:09:16 clocking in finishing second at London in 1985.

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