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Toronto trades for 2

TORONTO - Benoit Hogue, a 36-goal scorer last season for the New York Islanders, and Paul DiPietro of Montreal were acquired in separate deals by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Toronto sent goaltending prospect Eric Fichaud to the Islanders and gave up a fourth-round draft pick to the Canadiens. Toronto also sent left wing Nikolai Borschevsky to Calgary for a 1996 sixth-round draft choice.

Nationally

Injury hurts Oly chances

NEW YORK - A shoulder injury to Kent Steffes, one of the best players in beach volleyball, could have a major effect on U.S. representation in the Olympics next year.

Steffes and Karch Kiraly form the top team in the sport, which makes its Olympic debut next summer at the Atlanta Games. When Steffes underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a tear in his shoulder, it virtually eliminated him and Kiraly from grabbing the one automatic Olympic berth available this year.

Instead of participating in 18 1995 overseas events in which the top U.S. team will earn an Olympic spot, Steffes and Kiraly must turn their attention to the Olympic trials in June 1996, a one-shot affair.

Payne gets OSU job

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Eddie Payne, who led East Carolina to its winningest season in 20 years, has been hired to help resurrect the slumping Oregon State men's basketball program. OSU replaced Jim Anderson, who coached the Beavers for six seasons and was not offered a new contract.

Payne reportedly will have a package of between $200,000 and $250,000 at Oregon State. Payne made a base salary of $76,500 at East Carolina and $2,500 for 17 weekly television shows.

Brandon has surgery

CLEVELAND - A steel rod was placed in Terrell Brandon's right tibia, repairing a stress fracture that will keep the Cleveland Cavaliers guard sidelined for the rest of the NBA season.

Brandon injured his leg during the fourth quarter of Tuesday's game against the Boston Celtics.

Brandon, the team's third-leading scorer, played 67 games, starting 41. He was averaging 13.3 points, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 39 percent from 3-point range, all career highs.

Oilers fire coach

EDMONTON, Alberta - George Burnett, his team on a seven-game losing streak, was fired as coach of the Edmonton Oilers, two days after ousting Shayne Corson as captain.

Burnett, in his first season as coach, was replaced for the rest of the season by assistant Ron Low. Burnett, 33, was the NHL's youngest coach. Low inherits a team that is 12-20-3 and in ninth place in the Western Conference.

Savard back in Chicago

CHICAGO - Denis Savard returned to the Blackhawks to replace Jeremy Roenick, the Chicago scoring star who is out with a season-ending knee injury.

The Blackhawks sent a sixth-round choice in the 1996 draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Savard, 34, who played for Chicago from 1980-90.

During his decade with the Blackhawks, the flashy Savard scored 1,013 points. Only Hall of Famers Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull had more points for Chicago.

Bennett opts for draft

TEMPE, Ariz. - Mario Bennett, whose knee injuries limited him to 87 games at Arizona State over four seasons, passed up his final year of eligbility and declared for the NBA draft.

Bennett, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound center who set a Pac-10 record with 115 blocks this season, decided after leading the Sun Devils (24-9) to their first NCAA regional semifinal game in 20 years that he had accomplished what he could in college.

Top seeds advance

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. - The top three seeds - Conchita Martinez, Gabriela Sabatini and Maggie Maleeva - advanced to the quarterfinals on another windy, rainy day at the $430,000 Bausch & Lomb Championships.

Top-seeded Martinez routed Irina Spirlea of Romania 6-1, 6-2 and will face fifth-seeded South African Amanda Coetzer, a 7-5, 7-5 winner over Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain. No. 2 Sabatini overwhelmed Argentine Bettina Fulco-Villella 6-1, 6-0, and will play sixth-seeded compatriot Ines Gorrochategui, a 6-2, 7-5 winner over Wiltrud Probst of Germany.

Third-seeded Maleeva outlasted Chanda Rubin 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 and meets Italy's Laurence Courtois, who surprised No. 7 Zina Garrison Jackson 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

The other quarterfinalists are Poland's Katarzyna Nowak, a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Meike Babel of Germany, and No. 8 Sabine Hack of Germany, who downed Silvia Ramon of Spain 6-1, 7-5.

Evans indicted in slaying

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A grand jury has indicted a repeat felon on charges of first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery in the slaying of an Atlanta Braves replacement pitcher.

Police say Neal Douglas Evans, wanted at the time for parole violations, tried to rob Dave Shotkoski while the player took an evening walk March 24 near the team's hotel. When Shotkoski tried to run away, police say Evans shot him.

Evans, 30, of West Palm Beach, was on his fourth conditional prison release. He was indicted Thursday.

Locally

Rocky Mtn. wins state

PARK CITY - Rocky Mountain Gymnastics of Murray defeated USA Gymnastics World of Woods Cross 112.90-109.85 with Hunt's Gymnastics of Salt Lake third (107.675) last weekend in the Level 10 state championships at Park City's Treasure Mountain Middle School. Gymnasts from six teams participated.

Rocky Mountain and USA Gym World split the four age-group all-around titles, gaining two each. Rebecca Stern of USAGW won the age 9-12 title (35.975), Rocky Mountain's Tina Ellis won the 13-14 title (38.6), USAGW's Chalyce Waldren beat 10 others for the 15-16 title (36.875) and RMG's Kim Richards won the 17-older title (36.375).

Those who scored 34.0 and above qualified for the U.S. Gymnastics Federation-sanctioned regional meet in two weeks; nationals for seniors are in Lincoln, Neb., and for juniors in Boca Raton, Fla.

Hoopsters wanted

There are still openings for Utah basketball players 20-and-under for the 16-team Great Australian International Tournament held in Melbourne the first week of July. Former BYU great Jay Cheesman will be the coach. The Utah team is also scheduled to play New Zealand team the last week in June. For more information call Ron Steinke at 942-3985.

Dixie Fastpitch to start

ST. GEORGE - The 15th Dixie Fastpitch Softball Classic starts Friday night and runs until Sunday. Teams from Nevada and Utah will makeup the 25-team Men's Double A tournament, with 10 teams from Salt Lake City entered.

The top two teams in the tourney will qualify for the the North American Fastpitch Softball Tournament, which will be held at Cottonwood and ey complexes and Harmony Park Aug. 23-27.

Entered in the Dixie Classic are teams 23-under and 18-under.