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Fri., Jan. 12, 1996

Oscar De La Hoya, the WBO lightweight champion, is the Boxing Writers Association of America’s Fighter of the Year for 1995… . A rumored three-way trade centering on the Phoenix Suns’ Charles Barkley is being labeled “pure speculation,” but team president Jerry Colangelo says he’ll do whatever is necessary to turn his team around… . WBO lightweight champion, is the Boxing Writers Association of America’s Fighter of the Year for 1995… . Sam Skinner, a pioneering black sports journalist who often was the first black person to work in what had been all-white press boxes, died Thursday in Burlingame, Calif., after a series of strokes. He was 56… . Roger Crozier, a former NHL goaltender who was rookie of the year after his debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 1964, died of cancer in Newark, Del. He was 53… . In Knoxville, Tenn., Abby Conklin came off the bench to score 19 points and lead fourth-ranked Tennessee to a 69-47 victory over No. 15 Old Dominion in women’s basketball.



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