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September 15, 1990

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) _ Three years ago the Vancouver Canucks offered free-agent goaltender Bob Mason $800,000 over four years.

He turned it down.

Now Mason - a free agent for the third time in his career - might be willing to accept any contract.

″I just want to get my foot in the door,″ said Mason, who was bought out of his option year by the Washington Capitals. ″I don’t mind going to Milwaukee (Vancouver’s farm club) if I can sign a contract.

″My goal is to get back in the NHL,″ said Mason. ″I’m only 29; all the doors aren’t closed. With expansion (next season) there are going to be more jobs.″

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Rick Mast officially signed on to replace Terry Labonte as the driver of Richard Jackson’s Oldsmobile for the 1991 Winston Cup season.

Mast earlier this week had been reported as the choice to replace Labonte, who next year will drive for former car owner Billy Hagan.

″I hope it’s a long-lasting thing,″ Mast said at a news conference at Dover Downs International Speedway, where he signed his contract Friday.

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - The quarterback of the Marshall football team that perished when its plane crashed into a mountaintop nearly 20 years ago will be inducted into the school’s hall of fame with seven others next month.

Ted Shoebridge, who died along with 69 others on Nov. 14, 1970, in the crash at Tri-State Airport, will be inducted during a ceremony Oct. 16.

He is the only player from the fated team to be named to the school’s hall of fame.

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BERN, Switzerland (AP) - Albania was banned from Europe’s next two youth soccer championships for refusing to play Israel in qualifying play for the 1990-92 tournament, UEFA announced.

UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, said Friday that Albania withdrew from the upcoming championship when UEFA rejected repeated demands that its team or Israel be reassigned to another qualifying group after last December’s draw.

The Albanian federation claimed participation was no longer possible because it is reorganizing all its national squads, a UEFA statement said.

In response, UEFA’s Control and Discipline Committee on Friday formally banned Albania from both the 1990-92 and the 1992-94 tournament.

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