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May 2, 1991

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Mickey Hatcher, released by the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 24, was hired by the team as a non-playing coach for their Albuquerque farm club in the Pacific Coast League.

Hatcher, 36, played 12 years in the major leagues and had a career batting average of .280. He will join Albuquerque next Monday in Tucson, the Dodgers said Wednesday.

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TURKU, Finland (AP) - South Africa has been reinstated as a member in the International Ice Hockey Federation.

The IIHF said Wednesday that two other countries, Israel and Turkey, have been accepted as new members, increasing the total to 40.

In view of the political changes in South Africa, and that country’s acceptance by the International Olympic Committee, the IIHF said that South Africa now can take part in international competitions, exhibitions and attend the next congress of the IIHF.

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CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) - Lyle Alzado, whose lawyer said last month that the former NFL star has inoperable brain cancer, was charged with battery on a peace officer, authorities said.

Alzado, charged Wednesday, is scheduled to be arraigned on May 21 at Culver City Municipal Court on one count of misdemeanor battery on a peace officer, according to Mike Botula, a spokesman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.

Alzado, 42, is free on $5,000 bail.

Alzado is charged with assaulting a female deputy marshal who was serving papers on him pertaining to a civil matter on April 16, Botula said.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Pensacola Tornados of the Continental Basketball Association will move to Birmingham for the 1991-92 season, team president Tom McMillan announced.

Terms of a lease agreement have been finalized with the city’s 5,000-seat Bill Harris State Fair Arena, McMillan said Wednesday.

The Tornadoes averaged 1,900 for 28 home games this season.

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RICHFIELD, Ohio (AP) - David Doyle scored three goals as the Kansas City Comets beat the Cleveland Crunch 8-6 to force a seventh game in the Major Soccer League Eastern Division final.

Kevin Hundelt scored two goals and Iain Fraser, Jan Goossens and Kim Roentved added goals for the Comets in Wednesday night’s game. Hector Marinaro scored four goals for Cleveland, giving him 11 in the series.

Game 7 is Saturday in Cleveland.

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LETHBRIDGE, Alberta (AP) - Ray Whitney scored a goal and added five assists as the Spokane Chiefs defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 7-2 to capture their first Western Hockey League championship with a 4-0 sweep in the best-of-7 series.

Steve Junker scored two goals and Brent Thurston, Murray Garbutt, Cam Danyluk and Mike Jickling added goals for the Chiefs in Wednesday night’s game.

Spokane will represent the WHL in the Memorial Cup tournament starting May 11 in Quebec.

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