AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Wayne Gretzky’s touring all-star team will play the IHL’s Detroit Vipers next week before leaving for Europe.
Tuesday night’s game at The Palace of Auburn Hills will benefit the NHL Retired Players Association and local amateur hockey leagues.
Gretzky will be joined by Los Angeles teammates Charlie Huddy, Marty McSorley, Rick Tocchet, Tony Granato and Kelly Hrudey; Al MacInnis of St. Louis; Sergei Fedorov and Paul Coffey of Detroit; Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe and Brian Leetch of the New York Rangers; Kirk Muller of Montreal; Grant Fuhr of Buffalo; and Russ Courtnall of Dallas.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Ken Griffey, the father of Seattle star Ken Griffey Jr., will be a coach for the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners’ top farm club.
Steve Smith will manage the Pacific Coast League team and Jeff Andrews will be the pitching coach, the Mariners said Wednesday.
The elder Griffey most recently managed the Mariners’ team in the 1994 Arizona Instructional League. He retired in 1991 after 19 seasons as a major leaguer and later was a hitting and outfield coach for the Mariners.
″(He) has been weighing different options very carefully over the last month,″ said Woody Woodward, Mariners vice president of baseball operations. ″He decided that coaching at AAA was the best fit for him and I am pleased that he will remain part of our organization.″
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks signed cornerback Terry Taylor on Wednesday and placed cornerback Carlton Gray on injured reserve.
Taylor, 33, was waived by the Los Angeles Rams this summer after spending the last two seasons with Cleveland. He was Seattle’s first-round pick in 1984 and spent five seasons with the team before being traded to Detroit in 1989.
Gray broke his right forearm against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Rudy Zavala of Rosemead stopped Felipe Garcia of Denver at 1:59 of the eighth round of a scheduled 10-round featherweight bout Wednesday night.
Zavala, who weighed 127 1/2 pounds, improved to 24-4-2 with his 20th knockout. Garcia, 127, dropped to 11-9-1.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jerry Walker, a former major league pitcher who was Detroit’s general manager from 1991 to 1993, joined the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday as director of major league player personnel.
″We’re excited to have someone with Jerry’s knowledge and background join our staff,″ Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty said. ″With the current issues facing the club and the changes ahead in baseball, we felt it was critical that we upgrade our scouting at the major league level.″
OSHAWA, Ontario (AP) - Edmonton’s Jason Arnott scored 3 goals and New Jersey’s John MacLean had 2 in the NHL Stars 16-7 exhibition victory over the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals on Wednesday night.
More than 3,600 spectators attended the game, with proceeds going to the United Way and the Generals’ scholarship fund.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - University of Buffalo football coach Jim Ward was fired Wednesday after winning just four games in two years in NCAA Division I- AA.
Ward, 46, was 4-6 in Division III in 1992, but dropped to 1-10 last season and 3-8 this year in the higher classification.
Buffalo bought out the final year of Ward’s contract and offered him an unspecified job at the school.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue coach Jim Colletto was given a 2-year contract extension Wednesday after the Boilermakers rebounded from a 1-10 record in 1993 with a 4-5-2 mark.
″Progress is evident and with 34 of the 44 players on Purdue’s two-deep roster due to return for the 1995 season,″ athletic director Morgan Burke said. ″Indications are the improvement will continue.″
Colletto is 13-29-2 in four years at Purdue.
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Taco van den Honert scored a record 5 goals today as the Netherlands opened the defense of its World Cup field hockey title with an 8-1 victory over Belgium.
In the other Pool B game, Gavin Fereira and Edward Aranha scored goals as India beat South Korea 2-0.
In Pool A, England edged Belarus 1-0 on Nick Thompson’s goal with 6 minutes remaining, and Australia beat Argentina 2-1.