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Salt Lake pays Deer-ly in loss to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Rob Deer hit a pair of home runs and had five RBIs to lead the Las Vegas Stars to an 8-6 victory over Salt Lake in Pacific Coast League action Monday night.

Deer's two-run homer in the third inning gave the Stars a 3-2 lead. He added a three-run shot in the seventh to put Las Vegas up 7-2.

Salt Lake scored a run in the eighth inning and in the ninth got a three-run homer from Steve Hazlett for an 8-6 score.

Both of the Deer runs came off losing pitcher Scott Klingenbeck (3-3). Kevin Legault relieved Klingenbeck after Deer's second home run. But the first batter he faced, former Buzz player Ricardo Ingram, scored a home run to put the Stars ahead 8-2.

Ingram wound up leading Las Vegas with three hits.

Pete Smith (3-2) earned the win, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings. Allowing Tom Quinlan's solo homer in the second inning, he retired 13 batters.

Ron Villone earned his third save of the season. With runners on first and third, he retired Brian Raabe on a fly to center field.

`Coach' Lucas fired

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - John Lucas, who lost his job as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers last week, was fired as coach of the team.

Brad Greenberg, hired as the team's general manager last Wednesday, said two of Lucas' assistants, Ron Adams and Tom Thibodeau, also were dismissed.

Lucas, 42, was 42-122 in two seasons with the 76ers, including a 18-64 mark this past season. He was 94-49 in two seasons with San Antonio.