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January 31, 1991

BANFF, Alberta (AP) _ Troy Murray may be missing a few teeth, but he’s not missing practice with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Murray was hit in the face with the punk during Monday night’s 1-0 Chicago victory at Vancouver. He accidentally swallowed part of his dentures after the impact.

″It was scary,″ said Murray, who was knocked to his knees and left gagging for breath. ″I saw the punk coming, but there was nothing I could do to get out of the way. I could feel my teeth in the back of my throat. That’s when I started gagging.″

During surgery after the game, a scope was placed down Murray’s throat to remove the five-tooth section of denture. No incision was required.

Murray was back on the ice Wednesday preparing for the Blackhawks’ next game.

″I’ll play Friday in Edmonton. Why not?″ said Murray, who had a few stitches in his chin to show for the incident.

″There’s no reason I can’t play,″ Murray said. ″There’s really no damage other than the cut in the chin.″

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NEW YORK (AP) - Twenty-three former players who combined for 214,731 professional points will compete Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in the Knicks Legends Game.

The game will follow the contest between the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings. It will feature teams comprised of ex-Knicks Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere, Cazzie Russell and Dick Barnett against one-time NBA players such as Tiny Archibald, Connie Hawkins, Jo Jo White and Tom Gola.

Jack Ramsay, the second-winningest coach in NBA history with 864 victories, will coach the NBA Legends team, while Red Holzman, winner of 696 games, will coach the Knicks Legends.

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TORONTO (AP) - Bruce McNall and Wayne Gretzky could own the CFL’s Toronto Argos by the end of February.

″If everything continues along the path it’s been taking, I would expect possible approval by the governors meeting (Feb. 22) in Hamilton at the draft,″ David Braley, owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, said Wednesday.

The second-in-command of McNall’s holding company says the timing of the deal is up to the Los Angeles Kings’ owner.

″It’s really our time frame but we’d like to be in a position to make decisions on this season,″ said Suzan Waks, the vice-chairman and chief financial officer of McNall Sports and Entertainment, the holding company which owns the Kings. ″From what we’ve seen, I can tell you we’re excited by it.″

McNall would be the majority owner with Gretzky, the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, holding a minority stake.

″If Bruce is involved, Wayne will be,″ Waks said. ″Wayne has been very excited about Canadian football. I don’t know what the percentage will be, but Bruce will be the majority owner.″

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Duquesne University’s two top scorers, James Hargrove and Alan Watkins, will be lost for at least a month with stress fractures of the left fibula.

Both Hargrove and Watkins played in the Dukes’ game at DePaul on Jan. 26 before the injuries were diagnosed.

Hargrove, a 6-foot-3 junior guard from Paterson, N.J., leads the Dukes with a 14.2 scoring average despite starting only one game. Watkins, a 6-5 sophomore forward from Philadelphia, is averaging 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Due to the injuries, Dukes coach John Carroll said four players - freshmen Effrem Whitehead and Leroy Mabins, sophomore Keith English and junior Willie Ladson - will see more playing time.

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BOSTON (AP) - Dave Poulin is expected to be in uniform tonight when the Boston Bruins face Adams Division rival Montreal at the Boston Garden.

Poulin, who helped the Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals last spring after being acquired from Philadelphia, has played only 20 games this season. He missed 17 games with a groin injury, two with flu and 14 with a broken jaw sustained on Dec. 28.

Boston coach Mike Milbury indicated that Poulin would rejoin a line with Randy Burridge and Bob Sweeney. However, how much ice time Poulin gets will depend on his playing condition.

The Bruins improved their division lead over the runner-up Canadiens to five points with a 3-1 victory in Montreal last Sunday. Cam Neely, who leads Boston with 30 goals, missed that game because of a charley horse, but is expected to play tonight.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actress Cathy Lee Crosby is suing her ex-boyfriend, Joe Theismann, for $4.5 million, claiming the former Washington Redskins quarterback abandoned his promise to financially support her.

According to the suit, filed Wednesday in Superior Court, the couple agreed six years ago to ″forever combine their financial resources ... to financially support each other and to act in each other’s best interests as friends, confidants, companions and advisers.″

Theismann, now an announcer on ESPN, couldn’t be reached for comment. Efforts to reach Theismann through the network’s offices in Bristol, Conn., after business hours were unsuccessful.

Crosby, who co-hosted the television show ″That’s Incredible″ in the early 1980s, said the couple ″declared each other immediate family members,″ in a will drawn up during their romance.

Crosby is also seeking a share of Theismann’s 9,200-acre ranch in St. Croix, Virgin Islands and his condominium in South Bend, Ind., near his alma mater, Notre Dame.