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January 4, 1992

DENVER (AP) _ Former NBA players Kelvin Upshaw, Conner Henry and Darwin Cook were among 33 players selected in the CBA’s dispersal draft of the Bakersfield Jammers.

Teams picked in reverse order of their current average standings points. The Yakima Sun Kings had the first choice and took Henry, a former Boston Celtics guard.

The CBA did not release results of the draft, held Tuesday, until Friday. Each CBA club could pick from a list that included the Jammers’ former active roster, reserve lists (NBA, suspended, injured), NBA affiliates and-or acquired CBA draft selections.

Upshaw, also a former Celtic, went to the Fort Wayne Fury. Cook, who played for several NBA teams, was taken by the Quad City Thunder.

Some current NBA players also were chosen. Should they wind up in the CBA, they would have to report to the teams that drafted them on Tuesday.

Among those players were Golden State’s Tyrone Hill (Yakima) and Bo Kimble of the Los Angeles Clippers (Omaha).


PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have added Stanford coach Dennis Green to a list of candidates to replace retired coach Chuck Noll.

Green was to be interviewed Friday by Steelers personnel official Tom Donahoe, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Saturday.

Donahoe was in California to interview Mike Holmgren, offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.

Holmgren, Green and Chicago Bears assistant Vince Tobin, who will meet with Donahoe on Saturday, become the first men the Steelers have interviewed.

Green, 42, has been a head coach at Northwestern (10-45) and Stanford (16-18). Stanford went 8-4 in 1991 and lost to Georgia Tech 18-17 in the Aloha Bowl.

Green was a 49ers assistant coach in 1979 and from 1986 to 1989.


TORONTO (AP) - Dan Sherry of Canada will meet England’s Nigel Benn, a world-ranked super middleweight, in London on Feb. 19, with the winner getting a guaranteed title bout against Chris Eubank, the World Boxing Organization champion.

″I can’t think of a better way to start the year,″ Sherry said Friday. ″I want another crack at Eubank and this is my opportunity to do that.″

Eubank handed Sherry the first loss of his pro career last February when he stopped Sherry in the 10th round.

Then Sherry lost his Canadian middleweight title Sept. 27 when he was stopped in the seventh round by Otis Grant.

Sherry (18-2) will face a very tough test in Benn, a devestating puncher who has stopped 27 of his 34 opponents and has lost only three bouts.

″A win over Benn will get my career back on track,″ he said. ″It will get me a world ranking and I’m confident I can beat him.″


DALLAS (AP) - The American Baseball Coaches Association will induct University of Texas coach Cliff Gustafson into its Hall of Fame at the group’s 47th annual convention.

Gustafson has spent 25 years at Texas, winning 20 Southwest Conference titles and two national championships.

Other inductees tonight include: Tom Noland, who coached high school baseball for 40 years in Michigan; University of Iowa coach Duane Banks; Russ Tiedemann, who led 11 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh teams to the NAIA World Series; and Fresno State coach Bob Bennett.

The convention, which attracted more than 2,000 people from amateur baseball, began Thursday and runs through Sunday.

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