March 12, 1996 in Sports


Compiled From Wire Services

Bill Nicholson, an outfielder with the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies, who twice led the National League in home runs, died Friday of a heart attack in his home. He was 81.

In 1943, Nicholson hit 29 home runs to lead the league and drove in 128 runs while hitting .309 for the Cubs. The next year, he hit .287 and again led the league with 33 homers and 122 RBIs.

The British Columbia Lions were sold to local ownership fronted by Vancouver businessmen Nelson Skalbania and Mike Jensen.

Bill Comrie of Edmonton, who purchased the Lions in September 1992, said at a news conference the new owners have the financial stability and professional sports experience to operate the CFL team.

Eddie Matthews, the volleyball coach at Whitman College, has resigned to work with the U.S. women’s Olympic volleyball team.

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