TORONTO (AP) _ The coaches who face off in the Stanley Cup finals will not necessarily meet again in the NHL All-Star game the following season, under a policy change announced on Friday.
The all-star coaches will be the coaches whose teams are leading the Eastern and Western Conferences on Dec. 27 _ the final day of fan balloting to select the starters for the game.
The tradition of using coaches from the previous season’s Stanley Cup finals was causing problems because of coaches changing jobs or being replaced, the NHL said.
The All-Star game will be played at Boston’s FleetCenter on Jan. 20.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Charles Oakley of the New York Knicks and Larry Johnson of the Charlotte Hornets on Friday were fined by the NBA for taking part in an altercation during a game at Charlotte.
Oakley was fined $7,500 and Johnson $2,500.
Oakley was penalized for initiating the incident with Johnson during the third quarter of Charlotte’s 115-105 win Wednesday. Johnson was fined for retaliating, although no punches were throw by either player.
Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets also was fined $5,000 for hitting the referee with the basketball late in Houston’s 103-88 loss at New York Nov. 25. Following the incidcent, Olajuwon was ejected, which carries an additional $1,000 fine.
NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Yankees on Friday exercised their $1.1 million option for 1996 on right-hander Scott Kamieniecki.
Kamieniecki, who will be 32 in April, was 7-6 with a 4.01 ERA in 16 starts and one relief appearance last season.
CINCINNATI (AP) _ The Cincinnati Reds, trying to reduce their payroll for next season, placed outfielder Darren Lewis on unconditional release waivers on Friday.
The Reds obtained Lewis as part of the eight-player trade July 21 that sent outfielder Deion Sanders and four minor-leaguers to the San Francisco Giants.
Lewis hit .250 last season with one home run, 24 RBIs and 32 stolen bases.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) _ Skaters from Russia won the men’s singles and dance competition gold medals Friday night as that country dominated the world junior figure skating championships.
Ekaterina Davidova and Roman Kostomarov won the dance competition, while Alexei Yagudin finished first in the men’s competition.
CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Cleveland Indians on Friday closed in on selling out their 1996 home schedule. By late afternoon, fewer than 50,000 tickets remained.
Tickets were available for only six of the team’s 81 regular season games. Every single home game in June, July and August is sold out.
BALTIMORE (AP) _ The Baltimore Orioles signed a lease this week to make Fort Lauderdale, Fla., their new spring training home.
The one-year lease, with a one-year option, is contingent on the Fort Lauderdale city council’s approval at a meeting next Tuesday, Orioles spokesman Bill Stetka said.
Fort Lauderdale Stadium was the spring training home of the New York Yankees for the 34 years before the team decided to move to a new complex in Tampa, Fla. for next spring.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ California Angels third baseman Eduardo Perez underwent arthroscopic surgery Friday to repair a tear in his left shoulder.
Perez, 26, injured his shoulder two weeks ago, diving back to first base in a winter ball game in Puerto Rico.
Perez batted .169 with one home run and seven RBIs in 29 games with the Angels last season.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Right wing Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators was named rookie of the month for November.
Alfredsson led all rookie scorers with 11 points (8-3-11) in 13 games, including seven goals in seven games on the road.
Alfredsson is second among rookies in scoring with 19 points (9-10-19) in 23 games.
BOSTON (AP) _ Boston Bruins forward Joe Mullen will have surgery on a herniated disc in his neck and miss eight to 10 weeks.
Mullen, 38, has three goals and four assists in 20 games this season. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Boston College product is the NHL’s all-time leading U.S.-born scorer with 490 career goals and 543 assists in 17 seasons.
TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Lighting have acquired goaltender Jeff Reese from the Hartford Whalers in exchange for a future draft pick.
Reese, 29, has played all or parts of nine seasons in the NHL. In seven games this season with the Whalers, Reese has a 3.05 goals-against average, one shutout and a 2-3-0 record.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ The Texas Rangers announced Friday that the club has acquired outfielder Rikkert Faneyte from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later.
The right-handed-hitting Faneyte split 1995 between San Francisco and its AAA farm club, the Phoenix Firebirds of the Pacific Coast League.
With the Giants, he batted .198 with four runs batted in 46 games. At Phoenix, he batted .274 with one home run and 17 RBI in 38 games.