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September 20, 1996

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) _ Brian Evans, the Big Ten MVP at Indiana and a first-round draft pick of the Orlando Magic, is rehabilitating his injured right shoulder and could be ready for his NBA debut by December.

Almost two months after surgery to repair the dislocated shoulder, Evans has begun shooting free throws.

Evans damaged his shoulder on July 11 while playing in a New York summer league for NBA rookies and free agents. He dislocated the same shoulder twice during his college career at Indiana and had similar surgery following his sophomore year.

Until preseason camp begins Oct. 3, the Magic are conducting voluntary conditioning for players who live in the area. Evans, who underwent surgery July 24 in Florida, has participated in a limited capacity.


DALLAS (AP) _ Defenseman Richard Jackman, Dallas’ first pick in this year’s NHL entry draft, was returned to the Ontario Hockey League on Thursday after playing two preseason games with the Stars.

Jackman, 18, had one goal and one assist for Dallas, which is 1-2 in the preseason. The Stars now have 36 players left in camp.

Jackman was the fifth overall pick in the draft after scoring 13 goals and 29 assists in 66 games in the OHL last season. He plays for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.


CINCINNATI (AP) _ George Fernandez, the captain of the Cincinnati Silverbacks, will be the team’s player-coach next year.

The National Professional Soccer League team announced Thursday that Fernandez, 34, will replace Gary Hindley, who became head coach of the Buffalo Blizzard last week.

Fernandez scored 29 points in 29 games for the Silverbacks last season, his 12th in professional indoor soccer.

Fernandez has coached the Anaheim Splash of the Continental Indoor Soccer League.


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Raleigh and Wake County officials say they’re courting an NHL team to come to play at a new 21,000-seat arena planned for the city.

Mayor Tom Fetzer and other city and county officials announced Thursday that they are in the running for a hockey team, WTVD in Durham reported.

Fetzer said the city won’t make a formal application for an expansion franchise until a possible ownership group can be found.

Fetzer said NHL officials are looking at about a dozen cities as possible locations for an expansion team. The NHL has been reported to be considering establishing as many as four new franchises by 1999.

The league is expected to announce a city for at least one new team in December.

County officials said the proposed entertainment and sports arena to be built near Carter-Finley Stadium would be a big draw for a team.


CONWAY, S.C. (AP) _ Martin McGillan has become an assistant men’s basketball coach at Coastal Carolina.

McGillan had been with East Carolina as an assistant the past five years. Before that, he was an assistant at South Carolina at Salkehatchie for a year, and head junior varsity coach at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, N.C.

He played basketball for three seasons at Belmont Abbey College under coach Eddie Payne, now at Oregon State.


DALLAS (AP) _ Greg Vanney scored in the 48th minute Thursday night as the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Dallas Burn 2-1 to clinch the Major League Soccer’s Western Conference title.

Eduardo Hurtado opened the scoring for Los Angeles in the 11th minute, and Hugo Sanchez tied it in the 23rd minute. Los Angeles has 46 points with 14 regulation victories, four shootout victories and 13 losses.

Dallas and Kansas City are tied for second in the conference, each with 41 points on 12 regulation victories, five shootout victories and 14 losses.

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