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Campbell takes over Rangers

NEW YORK - The Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers appointed assistant coach Colin Campbell their new head coach.

Campbell was an assistant last season under Mike Keenan as New York ended a 54-year championship drought by beating Vancouver in the NHL finals.

A month after winning the Cup, Keenan declared himself a free agent and signed a five-year deal with the St. Louis Blues.

Campbell spent five years as an assistant in Detroit, where he finished his 11-year NHL playing career in 1985. His only head coaching experience came in 1993 at the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y.

Jagr signs for $20 million

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jaromir Jagr, one of the NHL's most popular players, signed a five-year contract worth slightly less than $20 million.

With Mario Lemieux expected to miss the 1994-95 regular season as he rehabilitates from Hodgkins disease and back problems, Jagr will likely be the focal point of the Penguins' offense.

With Lemieux out for most of the 1993-94 season, Jagr, 22, emerged as the Penguins' leading scorer with 99 points.

Chang posts ATP win

MASON, Ohio - Greg Rusedski double-faulted on the match's last two points, giving fourth-seeded Michael Chang a 6-3, 6-3 victory in the second round of the $1.72 million ATP Championship.

Also, 12th-seeded Wayne Ferreira overpowered Todd Woodbridge 6-2, 7-5, and MaliVai Washington advanced with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Steve Bryan.

Three other seeds advanced, No. 3 Michael Stich of Germany, No. 7 Jim Courier and No. 10 Petr Korda.

Holmes wins unanimous decision

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. - Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes continued a comeback, winning a unanimous 10-round decision over Jesse Ferguson.

Holmes, 44, who held the world title from 1978-85, improved to 61-4 in a career dating back to 1973.

He is 13-1 in the comeback he began in 1991. He retired in 1986 after losing consecutive championship fights to Michael Spinks, unretired in 1988, got knocked out by Mike Tyson, and retired again.

Holmes said he has one more fight left, and would like to face fellow 40-something former champ George Foreman.

Buccaneers sign Rhett

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed running back Errict Rhett, their second-round pick, to a four-year contract, ending a 16-day holdout.

Rhett broke Emmitt Smith's career rushing record at Florida. The deal is reportedly worth $2 million.

Former 2-team coach dies

PITTSBURGH - Aldo T. "Buff" Donelli, who once coached the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Duquesne University football teams at the same time, has died.

Donelli died Tuesday in the Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale after a long illness. He was 86.

It happened in 1941, when Donelli began his third year of coaching at Duquesne, then a college football power. The Steelers began the season coached by part-owner Bert Bell, who later became NFL commissioner.

While Donelli's Duquesne team started an undefeated season, Bell's Steelers promptly lost their first two games, coaxing Bell to step down.

Art Rooney, then part-owner of the club, approached Donelli about coaching his team. Donelli accepted, while continuing to coach the Dukes.

"It was exhausting," Donelli told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1989. He would coach the Steelers in the morning, then drive to Duquesne in the afternoon, finishing up at 6 p.m.

Donelli's dual role didn't last long. After five games with the Steelers, all losses, he got an ultimatum from NFL commissioner Elmer Layden: Coach the Steelers or Duquesne.

Donelli decided on Duquesne.

Walt Kiesling took over the Steelers, who finished 1-9-1.


Assistant volleyball coach hired

Karen Scholl, a 1992 graduate of Cal State Northridge, was hired today by Beth Launiere as an assistant volleyball coach. She joins Linda Byngton on staff.

Scholl played four years at Northridge and then coached at Cal State Bakersfield for the past two seasons. She helped lead Bakersfield to runner-up finish in the 1993 NCAA Division II tournament.

Scholl played at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas, led her team to the 1984 state championship and was a two-time all-state selection.

Riverbend hosts festivities

The official opening ceremonies for Riverbend Golf Course will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the new course, 12800 S. 1040 West. Riverbend is the first new golf course in Salt Lake County in 25 years.

A junior golf clinic featuring Salt Lake County professionals will be at 9 a.m. Phone number for the course is 253-FORE (3673).

Horizon advances in Babe Ruth play

TAYLORSVILLE - Horizon of Arizona defeated Alameda of California on Tuesday to earn a chance to win the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth tournament.

The 10-run rule went into effect in the bottom of the fifth inning when pitcher Ben Mitchel hit a two-RBI single to push the score to 11-1.

Horizon will face unbeaten North Bakersfield, also from California, today at 5 p.m. at the Babe Ruth park located at 5000 S. 2200 West. If Horizon defeats Bakersfield, the teams will play a second game 30 minutes later, with the winner going to Alabama to play in the little league World Series.