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December 14, 1993

MIAMI (AP) _ Miami’s Don Shula, who became the winningest coach in NFL history this season, is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

Shula, 63, is in his 24th season with the Dolphins and 31st as an NFL head coach. He moved ahead of George Halas in career victories on Nov. 14 and has a record of 327-155-6 after Monday night’s 21-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He is the only coach to lead a team through an undefeated season, going 17-0 in 1972, and has taken teams to six Super Bowls - more than any other coach.


CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds have taken Adam Hyzdu from the San Francisco Giants organization in Monday’s major league draft.

Hyzdu, 22, was drafted for $50,000 off the Giants’ Class AAA Phoenix roster. He split the 1993 season between the Giants’ Class A San Jose affiliate and Class AA Shreveport, hitting 28 doubles and 19 home runs, with 63 RBIs in 130 games.

Hyzdu is a 1990 graduate of Moeller High School in suburban Cincinnati. He was San Francisco’s No. 1 choice in the June 1990 draft and 15th player chosen overall.

Generally, any player not on a major league 40-man roster who had played professionally for three years or more was eligible in the Rule 5 draft. A team that picks a player must keep him on its 25-man roster for the whole season or risk losing him back to the original team for $25,000.

In the Class AAA draft, the Reds picked right-handed pitcher Ned Darley from Toronto’s Class AA Knoxville club and third baseman John Abercrombie from San Diego’s Class AA Wichita roster.

In the Class AA draft, the Reds took left-handed pitcher Mark Tranbarger from St. Louis’ Class A Savannah club.


AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) - An amateur boxer who lost his sense of smell after being head-butted in the nose during an amateur fight was awarded $5,520 Tuesday by a government-funded accident compensation tribunal.

Matthew Johnston, now a 31-year-old spray painter, suffered the injuries in a bout in 1990.

Johnston originally was awarded only $550 - the scheduled payment for a minor disability. He appealed, saying he now was unable to detect dangerous fumes from spray paints and has partially lost his sense of taste.

An appeals tribunal awarded him the larger amount, declaring he had suffered a serious disability, causing him ″loss of enjoyment of life″.


ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks on Monday released point guard John Bagley, who played sparingly after being signed last month.

Bagley, an 11-year NBA veteran, was signed by the Hawks Nov. 26. He played in three games and scored two points.


CHICAGO (AP) - Shortstop Ozzie Guillen and the Chicago White Sox agreed Monday to a three-year contract extension through 1997 with an option for 1998.

Guillen, 29, joined the White Sox in 1984. The three-time All-Star has spent his entire major-league career with the White Sox.

After missing most of the 1992 season because of two torn ligaments in his right knee, Guillen hit .280 this season with four homers, 23 doubles and 50 RBIs, career bests in average, home runs and doubles.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Attendance in the International Hockey League surpassed 1 million over the weekend, the quickest the mark was reached in the league’s 49-year history.

Through 176 games this season, 1,079,222 fans attended for an average of 6,132 per game, the IHL said Monday.

The same barrier was not reached until Dec. 20 last season, when attendance topped the 3 million mark for the first time. In 1991-92, when attendance reached 2.5 million, the 1 million-mark wasn’t reached until January.

The Atlanta Knights, Cincinnati Cyclones and Milwaukee Admirals each surpassed the 100,000 mark last week.

Cincinnati leads the league with an average of 8,428 fans per game. Milwaukee is next with 8,160 and Atlanta third with 8,123.

The Fort Wayne Komets were the first team to reach 100,000 this season when their attendance reached 103,030 on Dec. 4.


NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Mets on Monday sent right-handed pitcher Marc Kroon to the San Diego Padres for shortstop Pablo Martinez, completing a deal begun earlier this month.

The swap of minor leaguers completed a deal on Dec. 10 in which the Mets received right-handed pitcher Frank Seminara and minor league outfielder Tracy Sanders for minor league outfielder Randy Curtis.

Martinez hit .231 in 76 games with Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League last season. Kroon was 2-11 with a 3.47 ERA in 29 games for Capital City of the South Atlantic League last season.

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