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April 16, 1994

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Michael Spruell, a 6-foot-2 guard from Albany, Ga., had 21 points and five assists in leading the United States All-Stars to a 119-113 victory over the Pennsylvania All-Stars Friday in the 30th Roundball Classic at the Civic Arena.

Spruell, who is being recruited by Providence and Georgia, was named the U.S. team’s MVP. His layup with 30 seconds left gave the U.S. a four-point lead.

Duquesne High School’s Kevin Price, a 6-foot-7 forward who signed earlier in the week with Duquesne, was Pennsylvania’s MVP. He had 11 points, five rebounds and five blocks.

Lisicky and Miller finished with 17 points apiece.


TORONTO (AP) - Geoff Sanderson and Pat Verbeek of the Hartford Whalers and Nelson Emerson of the Winnipeg Jets have accepted invitations to play for Canada at the world hockey championship in Italy later this month.

That brings the number of forwards to 10. General manager Glen Sather’s most difficult task is finding defensemen. Only three have agreed to join the team to date.

At least three defensemen have declined invitations. Chris Pronger of the Whalers and Curtis Leschyshyn of the Quebec Nordiques are nursing injuries while Winnipeg’s Dave Manson has neck surgery scheduled for April 26, the day after the tournament begins.


NEW YORK (AP) - Phil Fox, a referee in the NBA in the league’s early years, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 80.

Fox, who also officiated games on Harlem Globetrotter tours, began working pro games in the Basketball Association of America, which became the NBA in 1946.

He left the NBA in 1951 and joined the Globetrotter tours.

Fox was manager of the U.S. basketball team at the 1965 Maccabiah Games in Israel.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Carol Ann Shudlick of Minnesota was selected as the winner of the Wade Trophy as the nation’s top woman college basketball player, the university announced Friday.

Shudlick, a 6-foot center from Apple Valley, also was recognized this year as the Big Ten Player of the Year, a Kodak All-American and SportsChannel’s Big Ten Player of the Year.

Shudlick finished her college career as Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer, with 2,097 points. She helped the Gophers to an 18-11 overall record and the school’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament.


EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - Defending champion United States romped to victory Friday at the women’s rugby union World Championship, defeating Japan 121-0.

Amy Westerman led the U.S. attack, scoring three conversions and five of the team’s 13 tries.

The U.S. team, which won its two round-robin games by a total score of 232-0, will play Ireland in Sunday’s quarterfinals.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs have announced a preseason schedule that included games against three playoff teams and a trip to Tokyo.

The Chiefs play the Minnesota Vikings Aug. 6 in Tokyo.

Kansas City has home games July 31 and Aug. 22 against Houston and Chicago, and plays at Washington Aug. 12 and at Buffalo Aug. 26.

The Chiefs said Friday they hope to have their new grass field ready for the July 31 game.


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - Shelly Looney had a hat trick and Stephanie Boyd, Jeannine Sobek and Karen Bye each scored two goals to lead the United States to a 14-3 win over China on Friday night in the semifinals of the women’s hockey world championships.

The USA advances to Sunday afternoon’s championship game against two-time defending champion Canada, which beat Finland 4-1 in Friday’s other seminfinal. China and Finland will play for the bronze medal on Sunday.

The USA has lost to the Canadians twice in world championship finals, 5-2 in 1990 and 8-0 in 1992.

Jane Robinson and Danielle Goyette each scored two goals for Canada, which is 14-0 in three world championships.

Faceoff for the USA-Canada game is 3 p.m. Sunday EDT. Officials expect a crowd of about 5,000 at the Olympic Arena.

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