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August 16, 1995|From Staff and Wire Reports

The Kings hired former NHL defenseman Rick Green as an assistant coach and said they will retain assistant coach John Perpich.

Green, 39, spent the last three seasons with the New York Islanders as an assistant.

Perpich, 43, was hired by the Kings in June of 1994 after having spent 3 1/2 seasons as an assistant with the Washington Capitals.

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A group of investors hoping to buy the Winnipeg Jets to keep the team from moving has come up short.

The group could raise only $51-58 million of the $80 million necessary for an endowment fund to cover the team's future financial losses and build a new 16,000-seat arena.

Majority owner Barry Shenkarow said the team will move to the United States, with Minneapolis the likely destination and Nashville, Tenn., also a possibility. He said the move will be made after the 1995-96 season.

Tennis

Fifth-seeded Jim Courier lost his opening match in the RCA Championships at Indianapolis for the second year in a row, falling to unseeded Jerome Golmard of France, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), in the second round.

"Well, I am not ready to retire. That is good," said Courier, who last year suggested that he would walk away from the game after losing to Spain's Alex Corretja.

In other matches, top-seeded Pete Sampras advanced to the third round, beating Vince Spadea, 7-5, 6-4; Todd Woodbridge of Australia beat ninth-seeded Corretja, 6-4, 6-1, and 13th-seeded Mark Woodforde of Australia edged Jaime Yzaga of Peru, 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 6-4.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov, in the hunt for his fourth title of the year, rolled past Marc Goellner, 6-1, 6-3, in the second round of the Volvo International in New Haven, Conn.

In another match, No. 8 Richard Krajicek routed Derrick Rostagno, 6-2, 6-2.

Boxing

Former middleweight champion Michael Nunn continued his comeback with a technical knockout of Cecil McKenzie at Las Vegas. The TKO came at 2:07 of the fourth round. Nunn, 32, is 46-3 with 30 knockouts.

Golf

Stanford golf star Tiger Woods and John Harris, the last two U.S. Amateur champions, were selected for the 35th Walker Cup team that will play the British amateur team next month.

The U.S. Golf Assn. also selected Tim Jackson of Germantown, Tenn.; Alan Bratton of College Station, Tex., and Notah Begay II of Albuquerque, N.M., to the team. Six more golfers will be picked after the U.S. Amateur tournament next week in Rhode Island.

The Walker Cup matches, held every other year, will be played in Porthcawl, Wales, Sept. 9-10.

John Cook shot an eight-under-par 63 for a one-stroke victory over Jeff Gove in the Ernst Championship at Medina, Wash.

Cook, who earned $150,000 in the $695,000 event organized by Fred Couples, had a 134 total, eight under par.

Miscellany

Bill Elliott's crew chief, Mike Beam, has been fined $20,000 by NASCAR for using illegal equipment in a Winston Cup stock car race at Watkins Glen, N.Y., last weekend. Elliott's crew used a new deck lid made of unapproved carbon fiber material.

The National Basketball Players Assn. will begin a series of regional meetings today regarding the tentative agreement with the NBA. Union executive director Simon Gourdine said he and three other union officials will meet in pairs with players in 17 cities on eight dates through Aug. 28.

Names in the News

Terry Liskevych, coach of the U.S. women's national volleyball team since 1985, has resigned, effective at the end of 1996. . . . Joe Ferguson, 45, the oldest quarterback in pro football, has retired after signing with the CFL's San Antonio Texans two weeks ago. . . . Karch Kiraly, the No. 1-ranked player on the pro beach volleyball tour, will team with Scott Ayakatubby for a tournament in Boulder, Colo. Kent Steffes, Kiraly's longtime partner, will play with Randy Stoklos.

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