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September 12, 1986

BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Celtics have announced the signing of veteran free agent forward Fred Roberts.

Roberts played last season for the Utah Jazz, which now has 15 days to match Boston’s offer. No other details were released.

Roberts, 6-feet-10-inch, 220-pound forward, is a three-year veteran. He started his career with the San Antonio Spurs. His best season was in 1984-85 when he averaged 7.7 points per game.

Roberts graduated from Brigham Young University in 1982 and was a teammate of Celtics Danny Ainge and Greg Kite.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A 154-member Chinese delegation has arrived in Seoul after a chartered flight from Peking for the 10th Asian Games to be held here Sept. 20-Oct. 5.

A member of the Chinese Olympic Committee aboard the flight told reporters at the airport today the Chinese are aiming at first in the overall standings at the games. Asked how many gold medals were hoped for, he replied ″the more the better.″

China has said it will send a total of 520 athletes and officials for the games, one of the largest delegations from any of the 29 countries expected to attend. Arriving today were 131 athletes who are to take part in shooting, fencing, weightlifting, cycling, yachting and rowing. They were accompanied by 14 officials. The rest of the Chinese delegation is to arrive early next week.

Seoul and Peking have no diplomatic relations and there are no regular commercial flights between the two countries. Although not widely publicized, there have been other direct civilian flights, usually involving the travel of high ranking government officials from third countries while on trips to Asia.

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota North Stars have cut 12 players, none of whom have ever played for the NHL team.

Cut Thursday were centers Brian Wells, Andy Dobson, Scott Curwin and Rod Isbister; right wings Bob Heeney, Steve Bester and Bruce Thompson; defensemen Kevin Kuntz, Paul Miller, Jim Tyacke and Bill Nash, and goalie Stacy Nickel.

The 45 remaining players will be joined by the team’s veterans Saturday for full-squad training camp.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jimmy Arias, Paul Annacone and Matt Anger have entered the first Scottsdale Open tennis tournament set for next month here, officials said.

The 23-man field already includes John McEnroe and Tim Mayotte and is scheduled for Oct. 6-12, organizers said Thursday.

Annacone, ranked No. 18 in the world, rose to prominence recently by beating McEnroe in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Arias is ranked 28th in the world with Anger at No. 29.

The $279,000 tourney, which also will feature at 16-team doubles event, will be held at the new Camelview resort here.

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