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February 19, 1997

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ USX Corp. chairman Thomas Usher will head a group of Pittsburgh business leaders in support of $1 billion in downtown projects, including the Pirates’ proposed new ballpark.

Usher has invited elected officials to a luncheon Thursday to discuss the initiative, which will also push a new or expanded stadium for the Steelers and a renovation of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The Pirates’ ballpark is projected to cost $180 million to $200 million. The Steelers want either $120 million in Three Rivers Stadium renovations or a new stadium. The convention center project would cost approximately $260 million.

Infrastructure work associated with the projects would also likely run in the millions of dollars.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Center Kevin Duckworth was placed on the injured list Tuesday by the Los Angeles Clippers due to plantar fasciaitis of the left foot.

Duckworth had been activated by the Clippers last Thursday after having missed the previous 17 games with the same injury, but the team said the pain persisted, resulting in his being placed back on the injured list.

To replace Duckworth on their 12-man roster, the Clippers activated center Dwayne Schintzius, who missed seven games due to a strained lower back.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ Forward Lonny Bohonos of the Syracuse Crunch was chosen American Hockey League player of the week on Tuesday.

Bohonos, signed as a free agent by the Vancouver Canucks in May 1994, had four goals and four assists in four games last week, as the Crunch went 3-0-1.

Bohonos had four points in a 6-2 victory in Philadelphia, ending the Phantoms’ 21-game home unbeaten streak.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ West Virginia University will replace the artificial turf at Mountaineer Field with a synthetic playing surface that should reduce injuries, officials said Tuesday.

The installation of the $1.5 million, high-tech turf will begin this spring at Mountaineer Field and later at an indoor practice facility to be built, athletic director Ed Pastilong said.

The only other stadium in the nation where the ``AstroTurf 12″ is being installed is Giants Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets.

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) _ Jana Novotna, bronze and silver medalist at the 1996 Olympics, will play in the 25th anniversary Family Circle Magazine Cup, tournament director Lisa Thomas announced.

Novotna, who made her debut at the tournament in 1988, reached the semifinals last year before losing to eventual winner Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. She later teamed with Sanchez Vicario to win her first Family Circle doubles championship.

The tournament is set for March 29 through April 6 at Sea Pines Resort.

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Joann Klonowski has been appointed chief executive officer of the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the International Hockey League, effective March 1.

Klonowski most recently served as senior vice president of marketing for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Carolyn Jones scored 25 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 53 seconds remaining Tuesday as New England edged Richmond 83-82.

Adrienne Goodson’s two free throws gave the Rage their only lead of the fourth quarter, 82-81, with 1:10 left. After Jones’ jumper, Marta Sobral missed a 3-pointer for Richmond. After a Blizzard miss on the subsequent possession, Dawn Staley grabbed the rebound, drove the floor and missed a jumper with four seconds remaining. Staley then stole the ball on the rebound and missed a 10-footer at the buzzer.

Goodson led the Rage with 25 points and a season-high 16 rebounds. Rehema Stephens added 20 points, Taj McWilliams had 11 and Sobral 10.

New England’s Jennifer Rizzotti and Richond’s Staley each had 11 assists.

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