Maine coach Bowness gets Bruins jobRick Bowness, coach of...

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June 05, 1991

Maine coach Bowness gets Bruins job

Rick Bowness, coach of the minor-league Maine Mariners, was named head coach of the Boston Bruins yesterday, replacing Mike Milbury.

Milbury relinquished his coaching chores last week to become the team's assistant general manager.

Bowness, 36, has coached the Bruins' AHL affiliate for the past two years, posting a 65-72-23 record. Twenty-one of the 39 Bruins who played this season also played under Bowness in Maine.

* Cliff Fletcher, who ran the Calgary Flames from their beginning in Atlanta in 1972 until he stepped down last month, was handed the reins of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Fletcher, 55, received a five-year contract as president, general manager and chief operating officer of Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. The Leafs finished 20th in the 21-team league last season and haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1967. They lost their captain, defenseman Rob Ramage, in the expansion draft last week and, because of previous trades, don't have a pick in the NHL entry draft until the third round.

* Al Arbour, the third-winningest coach in NHL history, announced that he will be back with the New York Islanders next season. Arbour, 58, has coached the Islanders for 16 of their 19 seasons, posting a 629-429-193 record. However, the team was 25-45-10 last season, finishing last in the Patrick Division and 19th overall.


Top-seeded Ivan Lendl, returning to action after a hand injury, beat Britain's Jonathan Haycock, 6-2, 6-4, in the Beckenham (England) grass-court tournament. Lendl, who withdrew from the French Open because of the injury, showed no signs of discomfort during the 64-minute match.

Pam Shriver of Lutherville, the sixth-seeded woman, beat Louise Field of Australia, 6-3, 7-5.

College football

Temple and Penn State have agreed in principle to play each other at least five more times in the 1990s.

Under the new contract, Temple -- which plays Penn State this year at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia in the final year of their current deal -- will travel to University Park, Pa., in 1992.

The teams will play again in 1994 and 1996 at Penn State, and in 1995 and 1997 at the Vet, Temple athletic director Charles Theokas said.

The new arrangement appears to be a major victory for the Temple football program, which next season will compete in the newly formed Big East football conference.

Under its previous two deals with Penn State, spanning the past 10 years, seven games were played in University Park and only two in Philadelphia. The teams didn't meet in 1984.

Penn State, which last year joined the Big Ten Conference, recently dropped Eastern rivals Syracuse and Pittsburgh from its schedule. Its Big Ten schedule will begin in 1993.

* Former Texas Christian University football player Kent Waldrep, who was paralyzed in a 1974 game, has filed for medical benefits he claims are due him under the state's workers' compensation law. The claim was filed last week with the Workers' Compensation Commission of Texas in Dallas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Track and field

Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union won the pole vault at the first meet of the IAAF Grand Prix series in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia.

Bubka, who cleared 19 feet, 8 inches, missed setting his 26th world record when he clipped the bar with his heel on an attempt at 19-11 1/4 . On his two other attempts at that world-record height in a driving rain, Bubka came nowhere near clearing the bar.

Bubka, who has broken five pole-vault records this year, holds the indoor record of 20-1 and the outdoor mark of 19-11.

In other events, U.S. hurdlers Renaldo Nehemiah and Danny Harris and long jumper Llewellyn Starks all posted impressive victories.

Nehemiah edged Canadian Mark McKoy in the 110-meters hurdles. Nehemiah clocked 13.45 seconds to McKoy's 13.67. Harris left Nat Page behind in winning the 400-meter hurdles in 49.25 seconds. Page clocked 49.78 for second place. Starks cleared 26-7, well ahead of Cuba's Jaime Jefferson (25-9 1/2 ).

College baseball

John Burke won the battle of All-America pitchers, as his Florida Gators provided just enough help in a 2-1 victory over Fresno State and Bobby Jones in an elimination game at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The loss sent No. 8 Fresno State home with a 42-23 record. Florida (51-20) will meet No. 4 Louisiana State (53-18) in a semifinal today.

If LSU wins, the Tigers would advance to Saturday's championship game. But if Florida wins, the two would play again Friday, with that winner moving on to play for the title.

Steve Hinton's three-run homer capped a nine-run second inning, as Creighton eliminated Long Beach State, 13-4. The victory sets up a rematch in tomorrow's semifinal between the seventh-seeded Bluejays (51-21) and No. 3 Wichita State (65-12). The Shockers beat Creighton, 3-2, in 12 innings Monday night.

Pro football

Quarterback Bobby Hebert ended a 1 1/2 -year holdout and signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints.

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