Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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McSorley: Would Have Stayed In LA For Less

Marty McSorley says his trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins didn't have to happen. On Friday, the Los Angeles Kings matched a five-year, $9 million offer by the Blues and then dealt McSorley for center Shawn McEachern.

McSorley said the Kings could have signed him in December to a deal that would have averaged $1.1 million per season. "It was an overture to let them know I wanted to stay," he said.

The deal makes McSorley the Penguins' second-highest paid player behind Mario Lemieux. McEachern was Pittsburgh's 17th-highest paid player last season.

"I just don't want people to say I'm grabbing the cash," McSorley said at the Kings' practice rink in Van Nuys, Calif. "I told the Kings I would take $200,000 to $250,000 less to stay in LA to play for a contender."

***** MOTOR SPORTS Unser Jr. Ends Victory Drought

Al Unser Jr. took the lead from Bobby Rahal two-thirds of the way through the race and went on to win the Molson Indy Vancouver, his first victory since the 1992 Indianapolis 500. Unser, who started the day in fifth position in his Galles Lola-Chevrolet C, finished 11.2 seconds ahead of Rahal, the runner-up. Stefan Johansson moved ahead of pole-sitter Scott Goodyear with one lap remaining in the 102-lap event in British Columbia to wind up third as Chevrolet engines swept the first three places. Goodyear was fourth on the 10-turn, 1,648-mile temporary road course.

Damon Hill won his second Formula One race in succession, while teammate Alain Prost took a big step toward his fourth world title at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps. Hill held off Michael Schumacher to win by 3.668 seconds. Prost finished third, helping clinch the constructors world title for Williams-Renault with four races remaining. Prost is within one victory of his first world title since 1989.

Former champion driver Roger McCluskey, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the United States Auto Club, died Sunday (Aug. 29, 1993) in Indianapolis after a three-year bout with cancer. He was 63. He had 17 Indianapolis 500 starts and had five USAC national championships: sprint cars in 1963 and 1966, stock cars in 1969 and 1970, and IndyCar in 1972.

***** TENNIS Unseeded Players Win OTB Titles

Thomas Enqvist used a powerful serve and baseline game to beat Brett Steven 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-0) for the men's championship at the OTB International in Schenectady, N.Y. Larisa Neiland defeated Natalia Medvedeva 6-3, 7-5 to win the women's title. All the singles finalists were unseeded. …

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