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July 21, 1995

AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ The state will reschedule highway construction and may arrange passenger train service in the event of an I-71 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians.

Pieter Wykoff, deputy director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, said plans are preliminary and would depend on the Reds and Indians, both of whom lead their respective NL and AL divisions, making it to the World Series.

District highway directors along the 249-mile Interstate 71 corridor from Cincinnati to Cleveland have been directed to take a possible Ohio World Series into consideration when scheduling highway construction.

In addition, the agency plans to appoint a task force to look into the possibility of leasing railroad passenger cars and running trains between the cities to serve World Series fans. Wykoff said the passenger rail service is being explored only as a concept. No consideration has been given as to where stops would be or how much the service might cost.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Phil Martelli, an assistant basketball coach at St. Joseph’s the past 10 years, was hired as head coach of the Hawks.

He replaces John Griffin, who resigned July 11 to return to private business.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The nation’s sixth-largest city, which lost two NBA teams in a 13-year span, will have to settle for a Continental Basketball Association team to get its hoops fix.

The Mexico City Aztecas announced they will relocate to the San Diego Sports Arena for the 1995-96 season.

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ The NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee has voted to raise ticket prices to the Final Four by $30 with the top ticket going to $100.

Ticket prices for the 1997 and 1998 Final Four will be $100, $80 and $55.

The NCAA acknowledged the increase was steep over 1996 prices, but said the basketball committee believed the Final Four had been underpriced for several years.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Defending champion and top-seed Tina Karwasky advanced to the semifinals with 6-2, 6-4 win over Nancy Neff Thursday in the 40 division of the USTA Women’s National Grass Court championships.

Karwasky will play sixth-seeded Louise Cash, who beat No. 4 Elizabeth Freeman-Young.

Also, No. 2 Sherri Carlyle eliminated Dee Williams-Horne, and No. 3 Marlie Buehler beat No. 5 Lillian Peltz-Petrow.

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EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Fifth-seeded Ron Bathman upset No. 1 Alex Roberman 6-3, 7-5 Thursday and advanced to the semifinals in the New York State Clay Court tennis championships.

He will play No. 4 John Schmitt Jr. a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Todd Kjelgaard.

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ Carlton Haselrig, a Pro Bowl selection in 1992 who was suspended all of last season by the Pittsburgh Steelers for off-field problems, was signed Thursday by the New York Jets.

The guard disappeared during training camp last August and was suspended by the team. His five-year career was marred by a succession of arrests for various alcohol-related incidents and at least four stays in rehabilitation centers.

The Steelers released Haselrig on June 16.

Haselrig, 6-foot-1 and 290 pounds, was taken by the Steelers in the 12th round of the 1989 draft.

Haselrig disappeared for three weeks after leaving training camp last summer before turning up in a motel, one day after his wife filed a missing person’s report.

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HOUSTON (AP) _ The Houston Oilers waived veteran wide receiver Webster Slaughteron Thursday.

The Oilers also announced the signing of second-round draft choice Anthony Cook, a defensive end from South Carolina State, and quarterback Will Furrer.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ The College Football Hall of Fame has received its first corporate endorsement from Burger King Corp., a $600,000 contribution over three years.

The Hall is scheduled to open Aug. 25, and officials expect close to 200,000 visitors during the first year.

In addition to the national sponsorship, Quality Dining Inc., the local Burger King franchise, will open a restaurant inside the Hall.

Customers will be able to dine in the restaurant and go into the gift shop without having to pay admission to the Hall.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Houston relief pitcher Doug Brocail was suspended for three games Thursday by NL president Leonard Coleman for bumping umpire Charlie Williams during an argument last week.

Brocail has appealed the suspension, and is eligible to play pending a hearing.

Brocail, 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 19 games, was ejected July 15 during a game in San Francisco. He became upset when Williams did not call out Steve Scarsone on a close pitch, then got even more upset when the Astros made an error on the next pitch.

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