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November 19, 1996

The Angels released right-handed pitcher Phil Leftwich, who was 0-1 in two starts last season. Leftwich also was 6-6 in 19 starts at triple-A Vancouver before being sent to double-A Midland. He was 4-2 in six starts at Midland.

New York Met catcher Todd Hundley, who set a major league record for catchers with 41 home runs, underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his left wrist.

Tennis

It didn't take long for Iva Majoli to pull off the first surprise of the $2 million Chase Championships in New York.

The Croatian right-hander eliminated sixth-seeded Anke Huber of Germany, 7-5, 6-3, in the opening match of the season-ending tournament at Madison Square Garden.

The top two seeds--Steffi Graf and Monica Seles--play their opening matches today.

Miscellany

The Wiz are now the Wizards.

Kansas City's Major League Soccer franchise is changing its name after an East Coast electronics retailer, Nobody Beats the Wiz, raised questions about trademark rights to the name "Wiz" and its promotional use.

Defeating the No. 2 team made Stanford a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll.

Stanford opened the season with a 74-65 victory over Alabama in the Tip-Off Classic on Sunday and received all 42 first-place votes.

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