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October 20, 1995

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Bob Leaver of Oak Ridge, N.C., had a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 to tie the first-round record and grabbed a two-stroke lead midway through the opening round of the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship Thursday at Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Dennis Bradley of Singer Island, Fla., and Randy Glover of Hilton Head, S.C., chased Leaver had 68s.

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) _ Sandra van der Aa of Armstrong State successfully began defense of her Rolex Division II women’s singles title Thursday by defeating Michigan Tech’s Andrea Simons 6-1, 6-0 in the Rolex National Small College Tennis Championships.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Keith Braswell, the 4-foot-9 1/2 guard who was the shortest player listed on an NCAA Division I roster last season, will not be playing with the University of Dayton this year.

The Cincinnati sophomore participated in walk-on tryouts Sunday, but was not among the three players coach Oliver Purnell selected to practice with the Flyers.

Braswell made the team last year as a walk-on. He appeared in nine games and was 0-for-6 from the field, but made two free throws against Eastern Kentucky.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Texas Rangers right fielder Mickey Tettleton will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday in Fort Worth.

Tettleton was bothered with knee problems during the final month of the season, when he was forced to wear a knee brace. He batted .238 with a team-high 32 home runs and 78 RBI in 134 games in 1995.

The club also announced Thursday that it has reinstated lefthanded pitcher Darren Oliver from the 15-day disabled list and lefthanded pitcher Dan Smith from the 60-day disabled list.

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IRVING, Texas (AP) _ The Dallas Cowboys on Thursday signed free agent defensive back Robert Bailey and released linebacker Reggie Barnes.

A 5-foot-9, 176-pound cornerback, Bailey spent four seasons with the Rams and was released by Washington earlier this season.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The St. Louis Blues signed 10-year veteran center Peter Zezel on Thursday.

Zezel played for St. Louis from 1988-1990, and has scored 196 goals in his career for five teams.

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MIAMI (AP) _ Right-handed pitcher Andy Larkin, one of the Florida Marlins’ highest rated minor league prospects, underwent surgery Thursday on his right elbow.

Doctors removed part of Larkin’s Achilles tendon and used it to reinforce the elbow ligament. He will be in a splint for three weeks and is expected to resume throwing in three to four months.

Larkin had nine starts for Double A Portland but was sidelined due to recurring problems with the ligaments in his elbow. He participated last season in the Marlins Instructional League.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday hired longtime player Jim Gantner as first base coach.

Gantner, 42, spent his entire 17-year career with the Brewers and retired after the 1992 season. He replaces Tim Foli, who asked to be relieved of his duties to pursue other coaching opportunities.

Gantner had a .274 career batting average and is the American League’s all-time leader in fielding percentage for second basemen with a .985 career mark.

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VISTA, Calif. (AP) _ San Diego Chargers defensive end Chris Mims has been sued by a car dealership that claims he bounced a check for $28,526 for the balance of the purchase price of a Mercedes-Benz.

Hoehn Motors Inc. of Carlsbad filed suit Oct. 10 in San Diego County Superior Court for breach of contract and damages.

According to the lawsuit, Mims bought a car from Hoehn in early May, paying $110,100 of the $138,626 due. He later delivered a check for the balance, but the check bounced, the lawsuit said.

Mims has refused to pay the balance, the suit said.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Slow ticket sales mean a local television blackout of the Indianapolis game at Oakland on Sunday, the second blackout of the Raiders’ homecoming season.

About 5,000 seats in the 54,000-seat stadium remained by Thursday’s deadline, the Oakland Football Marketing Association said.

The first blackout was the Raiders’ Oct. 8 game with Seattle.

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