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July 17, 1996

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ The Minnesota Arctic Blast set a record for consecutive wins in Roller Hockey International play with 12, by beating the Ottawa Loggers 11-2 Tuesday night.

The previous mark of 11 was set by the Anaheim Bullfrogs in 1993.

``Winning 12 games in a row in roller hockey is a big deal _ especially when things can change so quickly,″ Blast coach Scott Bjugstad said.

John Hanson scored three goals to lead Minnesota (13-3), which has the most points in the league. Hanson had scored five goals Monday in the Blast’s 11-10 shootout victory over the Loggers.


PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) _ South African Gary Murray easily retained his World Boxing Union welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Villarreal of Argentina on Tuesday.

Murray applied the pressure throughout, while Villarreal counterattacked with clinches to repeatedly annoy Murray’s flamboyant style.

In the seventh round, Villarreal scored with some left-right combinations that clearly stung Murray _ but not enough to keep him from attacking.

The judges gave the fight to Murray, 117-113, 119-109 and 120-108.


DENVER (AP) _ Colorado Rockies scouting director Pat Daugherty, who has been with the team since its inception, has been promoted to scouting director, the team announced Tuesday.

In his six years with Colorado, Daugherty and his scouting staff have drafted 10 amateur players who have reached the majors and have signed 24 of the Rockies’ first 28 picks from last month’s amateur draft.

``Pat is one of the most dedicated and driven people I have been associated with in the game of baseball,″ Colorado general manager Bob Gebhard said. ``Without question, he has earned the respect that comes with this promotion.″

Daugherty served as the scouting supervisor for the Montreal Expos before coming to the Rockies in 1991. He also has been a professional manager and coach.


LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ The Washington Capitals announced Tuesday the signing of center Miika Elomo to a three-year contract and goaltender Marc Seliger to a two-year deal.

Elomo, 19, was drafted by the Capitals with the club’s second pick, 23rd overall in the 1995 Entry Draft. In 10 games with TPS Turku (Finland) this season, the 6-foot, 183-pound Elomo had a goal and an assist.

Seliger, 22, played in 15 games this season with the Rosenheim Star Bulls of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany. The 6-foot, 180-pound goalie was drafted by the Caps with their ninth choice, 251st overall, in the 1993 Entry Draft.


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ A former assistant coach of the U.S. swimming team will become an assistant swimming coach at the University of Arizona.

Eric Hansen, a six-time All-America swimmer at Iowa State, replaces Mariusz Podkoscielny, who became head swimming coach at Oregon State.

Hansen coached gold and silver medal swimmers at the 1994 World Championships as an assistant on the U.S. staff. His swimmers also claimed gold medals at the 1995 Pan American Games, and he has coached three U.S. Olympic Sports Festival gold medalists as well.

He was an assistant at the University of Florida last year after three years as head coach of the Phoenix Swim Club.

His brother, Nick, is the swimming coach at the University of Washington, another Pac-10 Conference team.