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Destroyers announce staff

Buffalo Destroyers head coach Ray Bentley Friday announced his coaching staff for the 2001 Arena Football League season.

The new hires include line coach Gene Zinni, secondary coach Vincent Clark, wide receivers coach Darryl Henry and quality control/administrative assistant Ryan Gallo. Bentley also appointed holdovers Tony Kimbrough director of player personnel, Rudy Klwaiter as assistant line coach and director of self scouting and Steve Morris assistant head coach and assistant special teams coach.

Zinni is the former coach of the semi-pro Twin City Geminis and has coached at Sweet Home, the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State. Clark spent seven years in the National Football League as a defensive back and was an All-American at Ohio State.

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Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman and the team have agreed to terms on a new five-year contract that will compensate him as both coach and general manager.

The University of Miami named Rob Chudzinski to replace Larry Coker as offensive coordinator. Coker was hired as head coach of the Hurricanes on Feb. 3, five days after Butch Davis left the program to become coach of the Cleveland Browns. In other college football news, Oklahoma will open defense of its national championship against visiting North Carolina Aug. 25 in the Hispanic Fund Football Classic.

Riddick Bowe posted $2,500 bail Friday in Hempstead, L.I. after his arrest on charges he hit his wife in the head, dragged her across their home and threatened her life. The 33-year-old former heavyweight champion pleaded innocent to assault charges.

Tournament host Parker Bohn III had a 230 average in the first round of match play to maintain the lead in the Parker Bohn III Empire State Open in Latham. Bohn, who rolled a 300 game in the final round of qualifying, had a 26-game pinfall total of 6,379 -- 79 ahead of Brian Himmler. Niagara Falls' Patrick Healey Jr. (6,121) is fifth and Joe Ciccone of Buffalo (5,763) is 18th.

Von Damien Green scored 14 points, including five free throws in the final 42.4 seconds, to help Manhattan (11-12 overall, 8-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to a 67-61 win over Rider (13-9, 8-5). . . . Ray Mercedes scored 25 points to lead Cornell (6-14, 2-5) to a 73-70 Ivy League victory over Yale (6-13, 3-3).

Quinn Hancock and Dane Jackson scored and Mike Noronen made 18 saves as the Rochester Americans blanked the Philadelphia Phantoms, 2-0, in the American Hockey League.

Chris Hollens, Bob Carroll, Mike Pasley, Matt Buchheit and Mike Smietana scored as the Buffalo Lightning opened the best-of-seven Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League playoffs with a 5-2 win over Mississauga. Game Two is in Mississauga Sunday.

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