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September 29, 1995

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ NHL senior vice president and chief disciplinarian Brian Burke upheld a 10-game suspension of Los Angeles Kings right wing Troy Crowder on Thursday and also suspended Kings defenseman Michel Petit for 10 games.

Crowder was suspended last week for ``abusing an official″ in an exhibition game. According to the NHL, Petit committed the same infraction.

Petit allegedly abused linesman Randy Mitton on Wednesday night in an exhibition game against Calgary in Phoenix.

Barring a successful appeal, Petit will miss the Kings’ final four exhibition games and first six regular-season games. He will be eligible to return Oct. 21 at Pittsburgh. Petit had 17 points and 84 penalty minutes in 40 games with the Kings last season.

Crowder is in training camp for a tryout. His status with the team hasn’t been determined.


ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) _ Two Cleveland Indians’ fans locked in a lawsuit over playoff tickets resolved their differences by splitting the tickets.

The lawsuit was settled out-of-court on Thursday, when it had been scheduled to go before Lorain Common Pleas Court Judge Kosma Glava.

Patrick McAulay of Avon Lake agreed to sell two sets of postseason tickets to his former boss, William S. Dodge of Bay Village. Dodge will pay $25 each for playoff tickets, $40 each for American League Championship tickets and $60 each for World Series tickets.

Dodge filed suit against McAulay to try to force him to share the tickets or pay $50,000.


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) _ Tim Wilkison upset second-seeded Bjorn Borg of Sweden 6-0, 6-3 and Johan Kriek beat Jose-Luis Clerc of Argentina 6-3, 7-5 Thursday night in quarterfinal action of the Champions Over-35 men’s tennis tournament.

Wilkison, who had never played Borg in a tournament before, will face Kriek, who won the final two games of the second set to end his match with Clerc, will meet in one of Saturday’s semifinal matches.

Andres Gomez of Ecuador faces John Lloyd and defending champion and top-seeded Jimmy Connors meets Guillermo Vilas of Argentina today in the remaining quarterfinal matches.


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Bill Erwin of West Palm Beach, Fla., shot a 3-over-par 73, but his 141 total was still good enough to win medal honors at the U.S. Senior Amateur.

The 36-hole qualifying reduced the field of 156 to the 64 players who start match play at the 6,388-yard Prairie Dunes Country Club course on Friday.

Clarence Moore of Winnsboro, S.C., who won this event in 1988 and 1992, finished second in the medal competition at 142 after a 69.


ATLANTA (AP) _ Reebok International Ltd. has been named a supplier and official licensee of the 1996 Olympics.

Reebok will provide shoes for Olympic athletes, as well as for employees and volunteers of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. The deal allows the company to market its shoes as official licensed products of the 1996 Games, ACOG officials said in a statement.


DETROIT (AP) _ Mark Howe, who retired as a player with the Detroit Wings, was appointed assistant to the club’s hockey department on Thursday.

Howe, who finished his career with the Red Wings, appearing in 18 games last season, is the second highest-scoring defenseman in pro hockey history after Detroit’s Paul Coffey.

In his front-office job, Howe will be scouting and coaching, working with minor-league defensemen. He also will help out in marketing and public relations.


NEW YORK (AP) _ World Cup champion Brazil heads a reduced nine-team field for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, challenging Mexico and the United States in the North-Central American continental championship.

CONCACAF secretary general Chuck Blazer said reducing the field from 12 teams and shortening the schedule six days to Jan. 10-21 was necessary because of the switch from a summer to winter competition.

Three stadiums will be used for the tournament: the Los Angeles Coliseum, Anaheim Stadium in suburban Los Angeles, and Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ Former University of Evansville basketball player Parrish Casebier has been convicted in absentia of rape and sexual misconduct.

A Vanderburgh Circuit Court jury deliberated more than five hours before returning the verdict Thursday night. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 25.

The rape charge carries a prison sentence of six to 20 years; the sexual misconduct charge could bring a penalty of two to eight years.

Court officials said a bench warrant was issued for Casebier’s arrest on Sept. 20 because he failed to keep in contact with his attorney, a condition of his release on bond after his arrest last year.

Casebier’s attorney, David Lamont, has refused to answer questions about Casebier’s whereabouts. Prosecuting attorney Robert Zoss said Thursday that Casebier had not been found by authorities.

Casebier was charged with raping a 15-year-old girl last Oct. 19 after she passed out during a drinking game.

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