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August 1, 1997

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ The Baltimore Orioles sent pitcher Mike Johnson to the Montreal Expos for a player to be named, announcing the deal 15 minutes before Thursday night’s midnight EDT trading deadline.

Johnson, 21, was 0-0 with a 2.66 ERA for the Orioles as a reliever and 0-1 with a 15.26 ERA as a starter. He pitched well in spring training, but manager Davey Johnson appeared to lose faith in him after a series of poor starts.

The right-hander had never pitched above the Class A level before this season. He was 11-8 for Hagerstown last year.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Linebacker Devon McDonald is returning to the Indianapolis Colts after spending last season with the Arizona Cardinals.

McDonald, a free agent who signed with the Colts on Thursday, is back with the team that waived him just before the regular season last year. The Colts drafted McDonald out of Notre Dame in the fourth round in 1993.

Last season, McDonald played in all 16 games for the Cardinals as a reserve and on special teams.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Peter Fleming teamed with Gene Mayer to defeat Roscoe Tanner and John Fitzgerald 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4) Thursday and advance to the doubles championship match at The Challenge over-35 tournament.

Fleming, who won four Wimbledon doubles titles with John McEnroe, and Mayer, who was once ranked second in the world in doubles, triumphed despite Tanner winning 24 of 25 points on his serve.

The doubles finalists will meet Saturday following the semifinal singles match between Bjorn Borg and McEnroe.


DENVER (AP) _ Forwards Brent Severyn and Yves Sarault signed one-year deals with the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Severyn, acquired before last season from the New York Islanders, played in 66 games for the Avalanche. He had one goal, three assists and a team-high 193 penalty minutes.

Sarault, who signed as a free agent with the Avalanche last year, had two goals and an assist in 28 games last season.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ The Mighty Ducks re-signed defenseman J.J. Daigneault to a three-year contract Thursday. Terms of the deal were not released.

The 31-year-old Daigneault, who was an unrestricted free agent, appeared in 13 games with the Mighty Ducks last season. He was acquired from Pittsburgh in a trade for Garry Valk on Feb. 21.


PHOENIX (AP) _ The Phoenix Coyotes and left wing Jim McKenzie reached agreement on a one-year, $500,000 contract on Thursday.

In unrelated moves, the team signed forwards Darin Kimble and Scott Levins, NHL veterans who spent last season in the minors.

McKenzie tied his career high with five goals in 65 games last season, and had 200 of his career 1,012 penalty minutes.


PHOENIX (AP) _ The Phoenix Mercury acquired guard Mikiko Hagiwara from the Sacramento Monarchs on Thursday for future considerations.

To make roster room, the Mercury waived guard Ryneldi Becenti, who played in only one game after being signed and placed on the active roster July 22.

Hagiwara, noted for her outside shooting, played in 14 games, starting two, for the Monarchs, averaging 3.1 points in 12.4 minutes. She was 9-for-33 from 3-point range (27 percent).


FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) _ Record-setting medalist Beth Bauer of Valrico, Fla., and defending champion Dorothy Delasin of Daly City, Calif., headed for a quarterfinal showdown in the 49th U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship after winning two matches on Thursday.

Bauer, 17, rallied from three down with seven holes left to eliminate Selina Divietri of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1-up. Bauer, whose qualifying score of 134 broke the tournament’s 8-year-old record by four strokes, then beat Lorena Ochoa of Mexico 3 and 2 to gain the round of eight.

Delasin kept pace by beating Andrea Makauskas of Canada 6 and 5 and Summer Sirmons of Cuthbert, Ga., 1-up, surviving the latter match after blowing most of a five-hole lead.


LAKE LANIER, GA. (AP) _ Two-time Olympian Peter Newton, of Bellevue, Wash., won the K-1 500-meter race at the U.S. Canoe and Kayak Championships on Lake Lanier on Thursday.

There were less than five seconds separating the first and ninth place finishers in the race.

Angel Perez, of Miami, was second and Juraj Osusky, of Seattle, was third.

In the women’s K-1W 500-meter race, Ruth Nortje, of Gainesville, beat 1996 Olympians Lia Roussett, of Newport Beach, Calif., and DeAnne Hemmens, Costa Mesa, Calif.


PHOENIX (AP) _ Phoenix has been awarded a West Coast Hockey League franchise.

Veterans Memorial Coliseum general manager Scott Mullen said Thursday the team would play a 64-game schedule. The colisuem was home to the NBA’s Phoenix Suns until 1992 and the Roadrunners of the International Hockey League, who have recently folded.

Mullen promised more hockey along the theme used by the Roadrunners _ ``affordable family entertainment.″ Ticket prices will range from $5 to $13 a seat, and Roadrunners season ticketholders will have first choice to buy seats.

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