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January 24, 1997

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The San Diego Padres will return to Mexico to play a spring-training game against the Colorado Rockies.

The game will be played March 16 at Culiacan’s General Angel Fores Stadium, the 14,500-seat home of the Mexican Pacific League’s Tomateros. It will be the first spring training game in Mexico since 1993.

Last year, the Padres played the New York Mets at Monterrey in the first regular-season games in Mexico. The Padres also are planning to play two regular-season games against Houston at Honolulu.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ The Oakland Athletics signed infielder Dave Magadan to a minor-league contract Thursday and invited him to spring training.

Magadan, 34, has played 11 seasons in the majors, the first seven with the New York Mets. He appeared in 78 games for the Chicago Cubs last season, hitting .254 with three homers and 17 RBIs.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Denver safety Tyrone Braxton and New England defensive end Willie McGinest were added Thursday to the AFC Pro Bowl team.

Braxton replaces Houston safety Blaine Bishop, who has a knee injury, while McGinest replaces Buffalo defensive end Bruce Smith, also out because of a knee injury. The Pro Bowl is Feb. 2 at Honolulu.

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) _ C. Ray Gregory, who left Southern Utah’s football staff in November for Georgia Southern, is returning as head coach.

Gregory’s appointment as Southern Utah’s second head coach in two years was announced Thursday by athletic director Jack Bishop. The independent Thunderbirds were 4-7 under Rich Ellerson, who resigned after one year.

``I didn’t really want to leave when I did, but I thought I had a career opportunity I couldn’t pass up,″ said Gregory, 33, who would have been coaching quarterbacks at Georgia Southern.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Stephon Marbury will be sidelined until at least the middle of next week after returning home Thursday morning because of a thigh injury.

Marbury, averaging 16.2 points and 7.1 assists, left for Minneapolis shortly after midnight to receive treatment on a deep bruise to his right thigh. He was injured Tuesday night against Toronto.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ The Golden State Warriors activated forward Lou Roe from the injured list Thursday and placed guard Mark Price on the list because of a fractured bone in his right wrist.

Roe missed eight games because of a sprained right foot. Price fractured the navicular bone in his wrist against Milwaukee on Jan. 12.

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BOSTON (AP) _ Frank Brickowski, a forward and center for the Boston Celtics, had surgery Thursday on his right shoulder and is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks. Brickowski last played Dec. 11.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Troy Jackson, brother of Denver Nuggets guard Mark Jackson, has joined No. 6 Louisville and is eligible to play immediately for the Cardinals, the school said Thursday.

Jackson, a 6-foot-9, 350-pound center, was in uniform but did not play Thursday night in Louisville’s 64-58 loss to Memphis. He sat out last year after playing two seasons at George C. Wallace State Community College.

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ATLANTA (AP) _ Four-time Olympian Teresa Edwards had 32 points, nine assists and eight rebounds Thursday night, leading the Atlanta Glory to a 98-97 victory over the New England Blizzard in the ABL.

Laurie Byrd added 17 points and Niesa Johnson had 14 points and eight assists for the Glory (12-18). Shanda Berry had 37 points and Carolyn Jones added 35 for the Blizzard (11-20).

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Lisa Harrison scored 17 points and Natalie Williams added 16 as the Portland Power beat the Colorado Xplosion 71-68 on Thursday night in the American Basketball League.

Coquese Washington, starting just her second game of the season, added 15 points as Portland (9-21) won for the first time in six games against the Western Division-leading Xplosion (20-11).

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Terry Hall, Wright State’s women’s basketball coach, took a leave of absence Thursday so she can be treated for cancer.

Hall, 52, underwent chemotherapy Jan. 16 and has another session scheduled for Feb. 10. Associate head coach Lisa Fitch, the daughter of Los Angeles Clippers coach Bill Fitch, will take over the Raiders (1-15).

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MIAMI (AP) _ Florida International’s Cindy Russo became the 29th Division I women’s basketball coach to win 400 games as the Golden Panthers beat Stetson 63-60 on Thursday night.

Russo, who began coaching the Golden Panthers in 1977, is 400-160 overall, including a 10-6 mark this season.

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ESPOO, Finland (AP) _ Denis Silantchev of Ukraine swam the 100-meter butterfly in 52.51 seconds Thursday in a short-course World Cup event, matching the European record set eight years ago by Michael Gross of Germany.

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