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June 21, 1991

TORONTO (AP) _ Galen Cisco, pitching coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, had a new pupil in the bullpen Thursday night - Wayne Gretzky’s actress wife.

Janet Jones is called on to pitch in the movie ″A League of Their Own,″ and Cisco gave her some some pointers. Madonna, also in the movie, has been learning to pitch, too, but not from Cisco.

Gretzky was in the SkyDome, but he passed up a chance to see his wife take lessons. He watched batting practice instead.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Nolan Ryan was the May winner in the Athlete of the Year voting.

Ryan, who pitched his seventh career no-hitter during the month, received 30 first-place votes and 166 points in balloting by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears finished second with 22 first-place votes and 136 points.

The selection made Ryan eligible for the Pro Athlete of the Year Award, sponsored by the Potamkin Corporations.

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Nadav Henefeld returned to the University of Connecticut this week. Not to rejoin the basketball team, but for a reunion with some former teammates and coach Jim Calhoun.

It’s been nearly a year since Henefeld went back to Israel to play pro basketball. But his visit created so much excitement a news conference was held on Thursday.

″I wish I could be here and there at the same time,″ Henefeld said. ″But I had to decide what I was going to do with my career.″

After being named Big East rookie of the year and leading the Huskies from mediocrity to a 31-6 record in 1989-90, ″Dov″ shocked the team and its fans last August when he signed with Macccabi-Tel Aviv in his native Israel.

″He’s a legend,″ Calhoun. said. ″He’s not going to go away. He’s going to be here for a long time.″

Some fans called the school’s athletic department asking if the news conference would be open to the public.

″I’ve never seen anything like it,″ said Dee Rowe, associated athletic director. ″He was only here one year.″

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Three former Burnsville High hockey players have begun a voluntary home detention program before being sentenced in a burglary case.

Jason Christopherson, Mark Hazlett and Jason Hanson agreed to the electronic home monitoring plan suggested by Dakota County district judge Thomas Lacy. Christopherson, an all-metro hockey player and former senior class president, and the other two were accused of taking nearly $13,000 worth of equipment from a sporting goods store in Eagan.

Hanson and Hazlett plan to attend St. Cloud State in the fall. Christopherson won a hockey scholarship to Notre Dame, but it was withdrawn, at least for the upcoming school year.

The three began wearing monitoring bracelets 24 hours a day last week after graduating. They receive random calls day and night at their homes from a computer used in the monitoring program.

Lacy said he suggested home detention ″to get them started early on their sentence. It will be part of their sentence. It seems to me to be the most practical way to handle the thing.″

They will be sentenced July 16.

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Another version of following also moved on some general news wires

CINCINNATI (AP) - A travel agency employee pleaded guilty Friday to charging $30,000 on Pete Rose’s credit card while the former Reds manager was in prison.

Steven Ihlendorf of Cincinnati appeared before U.S. District Court Judge S. Arthur Spiegel and pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a credit card account number.

Ihlendorf worked for an agency that made travel arrangements for Rose and his wife, Carol, said D. Michael Crites, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

Ihlendorf was charged with using used Rose’s account number to make the charges.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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