June 6, 1996 in Sports



Tommy Collins, a popular fighter of the 1950s who once was beaten so savagely that his defeat sparked a national outcry to reform boxing, died Monday in Boston. He was 67. Although he weighed in at 123 pounds, Collins packed a powerful punch that enabled him to knock out 70 percent of his victims.

Al Sims, assistant coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, is set to be hired today as coach of the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks scheduled a news conference to introduce their new coach.

Shannon Miller served notice that she is not over the hill yet with a solid first-place performance in the compulsories of the National Gymnastics Championships at Nashville, Tenn.

In the men’s competition, four-time national champion John Roethlisberger overcame a slow start to take the lead after the compulsories.

The top 14 finishers from this week’s competition go to the Olympic trials later this month in Boston.

Erin Hartwell won the 1,000-meter time trial at the U.S. Olympic cycling trials at Trexlertown, Pa.

The U.S. Figure Skating Association rescinded a ban it imposed last April on Christine Brennan, a sportswriter for The Washington Post, for what the federation said was opinionated coverage.

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