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December 23, 1990

Celtics sign free agent Derek Smith

The Boston Celtics announced yesterday that they have signed free agent Derek Smith, an eight-year National Basketball Association veteran recovering from knee surgery.

The Celtics signed Smith, 29, to a contract for the rest of the season, and terms were not disclosed.

Smith underwent surgery in early September to remove scar tissue from his left knee. He has not been placed on the active roster, and he will continue his rehabilitation in Boston under the supervision of Celtics team physician Dr. Arnold Scheller.

Smith's condition will be re-evaluated within a few weeks in order to project a possible date for his return to action, the team said.

Smith, 6 feet 6, has played both forward and guard. He played college basketball at Louisville, and was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1982.


The Buffalo Bisons, the Pittsburgh Pirates' Class AAA affiliate, are shopping for a new parent club and have their eye on the New York Yankees, a minor-league official said. The Bisons, owned by Buffalo, N.Y., businessman Robert E. Rich Jr., have notified the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues that they are interested in finding a new parent club, Mike Billoni, the team's general manager, said Friday.

The Columbus Clippers have been the longtime Class AAA affiliate of the Yankees but were unable to finalize an agreement with the Yankees by Thursday's deadline. This raises a scenario in which Buffalo, Columbus and Nashville might switch parent clubs. The Yankees would go to Buffalo, Cincinnati would go to Columbus and the Pirates would go to Nashville, Tenn.


Ole Christian Furuseth of Norway cruised to his second World Cup slalom victory of the season in Kranjska Gora, Yugoslavia, beating Swedish sensation Tomas Fogdoe. Furuseth, 23, clocked a winning time of 1 minute, 46.80 seconds, leaving Fogdoe 15 hundredths of a second behind. It was the second time in four races this season that the 20-year-old Swede finished second.

Alberto Tomba of Italy, who missed a gate, still leads the overall World Cup standings with 97 points. Furuseth is second, nine points back.

* Blanca Fernandez-Ochoa of Spain returned from injury to win the World Cup women's slalom in Morzine, France, after Petra Kronberger of Austria faltered in the first run. Fernandez-Ochoa had a combined time of 1:27.66 after leading the first run with 44.08. Pernilla Wiberg of Sweden was second and Vreni Schneider of Switzerland was third.

College basketball

Today's Creighton vs. Texas-El Paso basketball game was called off yesterday because severe winter weather kept the Texas team from flying out of El Paso.

Kevin Sarver, the Creighton sports information director, said an attempt will be made to reschedule the game.

Track and field

John Trautman of Georgetown, the National Collegiate Athletic Association indoor 3,000-meter champion, won the 2-mile run in 8 minutes, 52.71 seconds at the Metropolitan Athletics Congress track and field meet in West Point, N.Y. Meridith Rainey of the Atoms Track Club, the NCAA indoor 800-meter champion at Harvard last season, captured the women's 1,500-meter run in 4:40.31.


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