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ECHL CONTINUES EXPANSION TALK WITH NEW CITIES

ECHL CONTINUES EXPANSION TALK WITH NEW CITIES

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A group of investors announced Tuesday that it will bring an East Coast Hockey League expansion team to this northwest Ohio city.

Commissioner Patrick Kelly said the league will expand from 11 to 14 teams next season. Toledo and the North Carolina cities of Charlotte and Raleigh were awarded the new franchises. Greensboro and Winston-Salem are two of the cities already in the league.The ECHL is a developmental hockey league for the National Hockey League, he said.

The Toledo franchise has six investors. The team has signed a three-year lease to play at alocal arena.

Kelly said Toledo was chosen because it has a strong hockey tradition and a good population base. The team, whose name has not been chosen, will be packaged as family entertainment.

``In the last two seasons, we have not had a bench-clearing brawl. Maybe Toledo doesn't want to hear that. I know this town used to be a tough town. But I think people who want to see good clean hockey, good body contact, will turn out,' Kelly said at a news conference.

Taylor still questionable EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Lawrence Taylor's hamstring injury does not seem to be as serious as first believed. But Coach Bill Parcells of the Giants said Monday he might not know if the All-Pro outside linebacker would play here Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, and the matter might not be clarified until game day.

Taylor, who played at North Carolina in college, injured his left hamstring on the final play of Sunday's 20-3 victory here over the Miami Dolphins. It was still not clear why he was played the last 63 seconds of a game already won.

Although assistant coaches might have been at fault, Parcells took the blame Monday. And he apologized to television and newspaper reporters for his outburst at his post-game interview.

When Parcells was asked on Sunday why Taylor had not been taken out of the game, he replied, ``I can't think for everybody around here.'

'Cocks no match for Hugo ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Bobby Ross said the additional excitement and hassle of playing a televised game against South Carolina on Saturday will be easy compared to the conditions the last time the two teams met.

Last year, the teams played in Columbia in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo and the Tech players spent the night before the game sitting in darkened hotel rooms.

The matchup Saturday at 4 p.m. in Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium features two undefeated teams. Tech is 2-0 and South Carolina is 3-0.

Wolff fears loss of Bulls DURHAM - The owner of the Durham Bulls says Durham County will probably lose the minor-league baseball team because of poor leadership by local officials.

Miles Wolff has agreed to sell the Bulls to Raleigh broadcasting executive Jim Goodman.

Wolff said he expects the Bulls to play in a baseball park that would be built in west Raleigh near Carter-Finley Stadium.

Goodman has pitched the idea of a regionally subsidized sports center near Research Triangle Park as a new home for the team. While such an arrangement would mean the Bulls' departure from downtown Durham, it would keep the team in Durham County.

Henry Werts dies NEWBERRY, S.C. - Former major league pitcher Henry Werts has died at the age of 92.

Werts, who had a 15-21 record in the majors, all with the Boston Braves from 1926-29, died Monday at his home.

His best season was as a rookie in 1926 when he was 11-9. While with the Braves, Werts pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the world champion New York Yankees, in an exhibition game.

Werts suffered a sprained arm and left the Braves, but he continued to pitch for various minor league clubs, eventually returning to play for Newberry in the Mill League. He was 16-5 in his final season with Newberry.

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