Penguins name Bowman interim coachWaiting until just...

Penguins name Bowman interim coach

Waiting until just three days before their season opener to appoint a temporary replacement for the seriously ill Bob Johnson, the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins named Scotty Bowman as interim coach yesterday.


The Penguins waited as long as possible out of respect to Johnson, who learned in late August he has two brain tumors. Johnson is undergoing treatment at his Colorado home, but has vowed to coach again.

Bowman, who was entering his second season as director of player development and recruitment for the Penguins, has 736 career NHL victories and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last week.


* Quebec Nordiques president Marcel Aubut has lodged a complaint with the NHL over tampering with top draft pick Eric Lindros, a club spokesman said.

The Nordiques have said as many as six teams had tampered with Lindros by contacting his family or his agent, Rick Curran.

* The NHL Players Association doesn't plan to strike the start of the season despite the lack of a new collective bargaining agreement, union vice president Ryan Walter of the Vancouver Canucks said.

Talks between the NHLPA and the league broke off a week ago in Toronto. The old agreement expired on Sept. 15, but the full exhibition schedule went on as planned. The regular season is scheduled to start tomorrow night.

* New Jersey Devils forward John MacLean, who tore ligaments in his right knee Monday, will be sidelined indefinitely. Team spokesman Dave Freed said no surgery is planned for MacLean, who has scored 40 goals in each of the past three seasons.

* The Baltimore Skipjacks completed their two-game preseason series with the Hershey Bears with a 6-5 overtime victory last night at the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pa.

Defenseman Ken Lovsin beat Bears goalie Yannick Degrace 21 seconds into overtime with a slap shot from the left point. Bears forward Len Barrie had tied the game with 1:05 remaining in regulation.

Harness racing


Hall of Famer Frank Ervin, who guided pacer Bret Hanover to three consecutive Harness Horse of the Year titles in the mid-1960s, has died in Winter Park, Fla., after a seizure. He was 87.


A woman who says Mike Tyson fathered her child filed a $12 million palimony and paternity lawsuit in Los Angeles against the boxer and Don King, claiming Tyson backed out of the relationship at the promoter's urging.

Both Tyson and King denied the allegations, suggested that Tyson's paternity of the child hadn't been proved, and alleged the suit was motivated by greed.

Natalie Fears, a 26-year-old real estate agent, claimed in her Superior Court suit that Tyson promised to establish a $5 million

trust for their son, D'Amato Tyson.



The U.S. Soccer Federation has requested that Maryland Bays forward Phillip Gyau play for the U.S. National team against North Korea on Oct. 19 at RFK Stadium in Washington. Gyau will begin working out with the U.S. National team on Oct. 14.

Bays forward Jean Harbor also will join the U.S. National team for that Oct. 19 game if he can become a U.S. citizen before that date.

* Messiah (9-0-1) remained undefeated with a come-from-behind win over Western Maryland (4-4) in a Middle Atlantic Conference interdivisional men's game in Westminster. Brian Redding (Westminster) scored the Green Terrors' goal, his fourth of the season.

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