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Bandits make three deals

The Buffalo Bandits made three separate deals on Friday -- on the eve of the start of training camp at HSBC Arena.

Andrew Whipple, a four-year starter at the University of Maryland, was acquired from the Rochester Knighthawks for a second-round draft choice in 2003. Whipple had 22 goals and 62 points in 1998, his senior season with the Terps. He was a member of the Knighthawks last season but did not play.

Forwards Jamie Taylor and Scott Frizzel were obtained from the New York Saints for Rusty Kruger. Taylor led the Junior A Burlington (Ont.) Chiefs in scoring this summer with 12 goals and 47 points. Frizzel is a defensive specialist who played for the Burnaby (B.C.) Lakers. Kruger never played a game with the Bandits, who acquired him from Rochester in a seven-player deal on May 18.

The Bandits sent rookie Keith Cromwell, whom they acquired in a draft-day trade with Columbus, to the Philadelphia Wings for their first-round draft choice in 2003.

In other Bandits news, Jim Meredith, who had been an assistant coach for the past two years, has taken a similar position with the expansion Calgary Roughnecks.

It's not Miller Time anymore

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando guard Mike Miller will miss four to six weeks after suffering a foot injury in the Magic's 112-93 preseason victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

Miller, last season's NBA Rookie of the Year, was diagnosed with a chip fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

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Rochester goalie Mika Noronen stopped 31 shots, including 16 in the second period, as the Americans got a goal from rookie center Ales Kotalik and tied the Norfolk Admirals, 1-1, in the American Hockey League.

Former Texas A&M baseball coach Tom Chandler has died of a rare form of Parkinson's disease. He was 76. Chandler, who died at his Texas home of progressive supranuclear palsy, had a 660-329-10 record in his 26-year A&M career, which ended in 1984.

Steve Crowe, who covered auto racing, boxing and sports broadcasting for the Detroit Free Press, died at age 47. Crowe died while taking a nap before a scheduled appearance of his rock band, Skillet. His death was attributed to heart disease.

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