Hockey NHL wins battle with Yashin

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June 29, 2000

Hockey

NHL wins battle with Yashin; he owes Ottawa another year

The NHL said it has won its case against Ottawa Senators holdout center Alexei Yashin, a decision that means he owes the team another year of service.

The league, which confirmed the decision yesterday, would not release any other details of the case, except to say the decision was rendered by arbitrator Lawrence Holden of Boston.

The high-scoring Yashin played four seasons of his five-year contract with the Senators before sitting out the 1999-2000 season. He contended he would become a restricted free agent July 1 because the terms of his deal concluded June 30.

The NHL claimed the contract, worth $3.6 million for last season, would not be complete on Friday because the Russian star had not worked during the fifth year of the deal.

"From a legal perspective, we think the arbitrator reached the wrong decision," Ian Pulver, associate counsel of the NHL Players' Association, said in a statement.

A second arbitration hearing is scheduled for July over the league's contention that the Senators should receive $7 million in damages because Yashin's refusal to report to Ottawa hurt the club's performance on the ice as well as in sales of tickets and merchandise.

CAPITALS: Right wing Joe Murphy signed a one-year contract.

Murphy, who will earn $1 million for the 2000-01 season, joined the Capitals on Feb. 10 after being claimed off waivers from Boston. In 29 games with Washington, Murphy had five goals and eight assists. Overall he scored 12 goals and added 15 assists.

RANGERS: Former Edmonton coach Ron Low is set to rejoin former Oilers boss Glen Sather with the New York Rangers, the Hartford Courant reported. The newspaper said Low, who coached the Oilers for parts of five seasons, will be introduced as the replacement for fired coach John Muckler within the next week.

Sather, who resigned as Edmonton's general manager following last season to become the New York GM, was unavailable for comment.

Boxing

Promoter testifies he paid $100,000 to get fight

Boxing promoter Cedric Kushner testified that he paid IBF officials $100,000 for a rematch between Axel Schulz and then-heavyweight champion George Foreman.

Kushner told a Newark, N.J., federal jury in the racketeering trial of IBF founder Robert W. Lee that he was angered when Lee's longtime ratings chairman, C. Douglas Beavers, told him privately that a rematch would cost $100,000.

Kushner was asked to make the payment after arguing that the IBF executive board mandate a rematch of the controversial April 1995 bout that Foreman won in a split decision.

Lee and other IBF officials are accused of taking $338,000 in a span of more than a decade in exchange for favors and rigged rankings, but the bulk of that money stems from the machinations regarding Foreman and Schulz.

MORE BOXING: Mike Tyson and British promoter Frank Warren settled a $630,000 jewelry bill. The former heavyweight champion bought a diamond watch and bracelet from a jeweler in London five months ago. The jeweler took the pair to court when he had not been paid.

College football

Ex-Heisman winner Kelley apparently shot himself

Larry Kelley, a wide receiver for Yale and the second college football player to win the Heisman Trophy, apparently shot himself to death at his home. He was 85.

Police arrived at Kelley's home Tuesday after a report of a person with a gunshot wound, said Angelo Onofri, an administrative assistant Mercer County prosecutor.

Kelley was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy is planned.

He had a stroke six months earlier. His wife, Mary Ruth, was also of failing health.

SOUTHERN CAL: Senior cornerback Antuan Simmons, a three-year starter at the University of Southern California, may miss the 2000 season due to recovery from surgery to remove an abdominal tumor. Trojans coach Paul Hackett said that Simmons, who had surgery May 16, may sit out the season as a redshirt.

Women's soccer

Canada routs Guatemala, will face U.S. in semis

Christine Sinclair had three goals and three assists and Canada earned another shot at the United States with a 12-0 victory over Guatemala in the Women's Gold Cup in Louisville, Ky.

Mexico lost 3-0 to China in the second game of the doubleheader and was eliminated from the eight-nation tournament.

In Saturday's semifinals, China will play Brazil in the first game before Canada and the U.S. square off again.Et cetera

Johnson skips Rome meet; Greene upset in Athens

Double Olympic champion Michael Johnson has withdrawn from tomorrow's Golden Gala meet in Rome following a dispute over his contract, his manager said. He will not compete again until next month's U.S. Olympic trials, said agent Brad Hunt.

MORE TRACK AND FIELD: Competing on the track where he set the world 100-meter record a year ago, a surprised Maurice Greene finished fourth at the Athens Grand Prix. "I got here a day ago from the States," the visibly upset Greene said after running 10.16 seconds - .08 seconds behind winner Greg Saddler.

AUTO RACING: R. Ted Brant, the president of Brant Motorsports Inc., a West Virginia company building a $300 million indoor racetrack near Pittsburgh, died of a heart attack in Morgantown, W. Va. He was 53.

OLYMPICS: Bill Demarest qualified for his first Olympics, successfully defending his air pistol title in the USA Shooting National Championships. Demarest, 35, of Mission Viejo, Calif., had the top combined point total from the event at the Wolf Creek shooting range and the spring Olympic trials.

Michael Douglass' second-place finish in the national championships helped give him the other Olympic spot in air pistol.

The quiz

Traveling men Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Morgan is with his major-league-record 12th franchise. Among active players, who is second with nine? Hint: He has the same initials. (Answer, 9D)

Quiz answer

Houston Astros relief pitcher Mike Maddux

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