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Thu., Nov. 7, 1996

Kenny Rogers had surgery on his pitching shoulder and elbow, and the New York Yankees’ left-hander is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. … Quarterback John Elway’s strained left hamstring is improved, making it more likely he will play Sunday when the Denver Broncos play Chicago. … Bengals offensive lineman Scott Brumfield was flown back from Baltimore to a Cincinnati hospital to continue his recovery from a serious neck injury. He has regained strength in his upper body but still has limited use of his legs. Doctors think he has a chance to recover fully. … Linebacker Bryan Cox of the Chicago Bears says he will retire if the numbness in his right foot doesn’t go away. He is already out for the season because of a broken thumb.

Thomas Rongen, who was named coach of the year after leading the Tampa Bay Mutiny to a 20-12 record in the Major Soccer League’s first season, is taking over the New England Revolution, which had the league’s worst record. … Bobby Witt decided to exercise his $2 million option with the Texas Rangers. Also, Texas right-hander Jeff Russell, Houston pitcher Danny Darwin, Houston outfielder John Cangelosi and Milwaukee right-hander Doug Jones filed for free agency.

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