Muckler moves to Sabres as executive

Sports briefly

June 28, 1991

Oilers name co-coach Ted Green to take his place behind 0) bench

When the Buffalo Sabres failed to survive the first round of the NHL playoffs for the fourth year in a row, owner Seymour H. Knox sought to find an executive who had a winning track record.

Yesterday, he introduced Edmonton Oilers coach John Muckler as director of hockey operations.

Muckler, 57, who has coached or co-coached five Stanley Cup champions with the Oilers, said he would like to see the Sabres develop into a team like Edmonton's.

"I think you have to be an offensive hockey club, an aggressive hockey club," he said. "I think Buffalo's adaptable to that."

The Oilers replaced Muckler with co-coach Ted Green, 51, who has spent nine of the past 10 seasons as an assistant or co-coach in Edmonton.

Pro basketball

Kevin Mackey, 44, fired by Cleveland State last summer for abusing alcohol and cocaine, was named head coach of the Miami Tropics of the United States Basketball League.

At least one of the Tropics can appreciate what Mackey has been through; forward Lloyd Daniels once was regarded as a can't-miss prospect at Nevada-Las Vegas, but his college career was lost to drug abuse. Mackey has persuaded Daniels to enroll in John Lucas' after-care program for rehabilitating athletes.

* The Continental Basketball Association announced an affiliation plan for next season with the NBA that assigns the rights of former NBA players to individual CBA teams.

Under the plan, any player drafted or waived by an NBA team automatically becomes property of the CBA club affiliated with that NBA team, with two exceptions. The drafts of both leagues take priority over the affiliation system. Also, any CBA player signed by an NBA team returns to his original CBA team without regard to the affiliation system.

College football

The race to become "Bowl X" in a four-bowl alliance that will heighten chances for a true national championship game has been whittled to two: the Florida Citrus and Fiesta bowls.

Bob Moore, president of Florida Citrus Sports, said Wednesday that the two bowls -- vying to join the alliance of the Orange, Sugar and Cotton bowls and Notre Dame, the Atlantic Coast and Big East conferences -- will make formal presentations to alliance members in the first two weeks of July.

Tennis

Reed Cordish (Gilman) beat Neil Murer of Salisbury, 6-3, 6-0, in the 18-and-under semifinals of the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association Junior Championships in Richmond, Va. Cordish and David Caldwell of Richmond won the doubles championship by defeating Chris Robinson of Richmond and Patrick Osuna of Amarillo, Texas, 6-2, 7-5. Cordish will play Caldwell for the singles championship.

Soccer

Wichita Wings senior general partner Robert Beren said the MSL club's owners will stick by their original statement that the franchise will fold unless 5,000 season tickets are sold by noon today.

The club has sold 3,549 tickets.

Bowling

Mickey Spiezio, 55, won the $55,000 Hammond (Ind.) PBA Senior Open. It was the third senior victory for Spiezio, who joined the Professional Bowlers Association in 1985.

* Bruce Hamilton averaged 241 for his last eight games to take the lead after the fourth round of the Professional Bowlers Association's $125,000 Oregon Open in Portland. Hamilton totaled 6,328 pins. Tony Westlake is second with 6,225 pins.

Steroids

A suburban Harrisburg, Pa., doctor was convicted by a federal jury of selling anabolic steroids and controlled substances to four professional wrestlers and a weight-lifter.

The jury deliberated for three hours before returning its verdict against George T. Zahorian III, 43. He is the first doctor in the

country convicted under a 1988 act that prohibits providing steroids for performance enhancement or other non-medical reasons. Zahorian faces up to 44 years in jail and a $3 million fine.

Net loss

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