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John Scully Retires from Boxing
John Scully has announced his retirement from boxing following a TKO loss in the seventh round to IBO Light Heavyweight Champion Drake Thadzi (30-8-1) at Boston's FleetCenter on August 1. The bout marked the first time Scully (37-9) did not make it to the end of a fight.

Scully cited his increasing inability to make weight for fights as the main reason for his retirement. He lost 26 pounds training for the Thadzi fight but then had to lose another eight on the day of the bout, leaving him "physically and mentally drained."

Although a resident of Windsor, Scully fights out of the San Juan Center in Hartford. He has trained at the center for years and has also spent many long hours instructing and encouraging young boxers at the center. He said he plans to continue working with the kids at the center and also plans to promote amateur boxing shows.

Things went better at the FleetCenter for undefeated Eric Harding, who also fights out of the San Juan Center. Harding (14-0-1) knocked out Dave Hamilton (9-5) in the second round of a scheduled 10-round bout. The win gave Harding the New England Super Middleweight title.

Blizzard GM Named ABL Vice President
Pam Batalis has resigned from her position of General Manager of the New England Blizzard in order to become Vice President of Sales for the American Basketball League (ABL). The announcement was made last Thursday by ABL Co-Founder and CEO Gary Cavalli.

Christopher Sienko, the Blizzard's Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships, was named interim General Manager of the team.

Under Batalis, the Blizzard led the ABL in total attendance and revenue for the past two seasons. Last year the team increased its attendance by a whopping 77 percent. Batalis, whom Cavalle said is considered the "ABL's top salesperson," was recently named one of the Top 50 Women's Sports Executives by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal.

Sienko, like Batalis, has been with the Blizzard since the team's inception. Concerning his plans for his new position, he said, "I'm hoping to maintain the same course that Pam has already set for this team. Our goals are no different."

Cavalle said a search for a full-time general manager for the Blizzard has already begun and that Sienko, who has indicated that he is interested in the position, will be considered one of the leading candidates.

Wolf Pack Announces 1998-99 Season
The Hartford Wolf Pack will open its second American Hockey League season on Friday, October 9, in New Haven against the Beast of New Haven. The following night, October 10, the Pack will play its first home game at the Hartford Civic Center against the Providence Bruins.

Twenty-eight of the team's 40 home games will be played on the weekend: eight on Fridays, 17 on Saturday and three on Sunday. The team will also play three holiday specials at home: Thanksgiving night, November 26 against New Haven; the day after Christmas, December 26, again against New Haven and New Year's Eve, December 31, against Hershey. Several home games are currently scheduled to be televised by the Madison Square Garden Network.

Trinity Opens Football Season Against Colby
Trinity College will open its 1998 football season at home against Colby College on Saturday, September 26, at 1:30 pm. The rest of the team's schedule is as follows: (H=Home, A=Away):
Williams, (A) Sat., 10/ 3, 1:30pm
Hamilton (A) Sat., 10/10, 1:30pm
Tufts (H) Sat., 10/17, 1:30pm
Bowdoin (A) Sat., 10/ 24, 1:30pm
Middlebury (H) Sat., 10/31, 1 n
Amherst (H) Sat., 11/ 7, 1pm

Nutmeg Games, Trinity College
August 7
Boys: 18 and under
: Claudio Armandi (silver), Tom Chacaga (bronze); 16 and under: Mario Cardinale (bronze); 14 and under: Pedro Bermudez (silver); 12 and under, A group: Darryl Jones (silver); B group: Alex Mukdaprakorn (gold), Aaron Feliciano (silver), Austin Feliciano (bronze)

Girls: 14 and under: Alexis Rodriguez (gold); 12 and under: Maria Spinoso (gold); Arlena Mukdeprakorn (silver)

Hartford Recreation Basketball
Week of July 26
Pee-Wee Division

Colt 19 Day 14
Goodwin 20 South End 10
KDA 33 DeLucco 32
SAND 24 Chappelle 18

Junior Division
Colt 47 Day 33
South End 33 Pope 19
Colt 36 Pope 32
Day 38 South End 29
Chappelle 41 KDA 39
Wish 49 SAND 36

Week of August 2
Pee-Wee Division

Day 30 South End 12
Goodwin 23 Colt 17
KDA 28 Chappelle 9
SAND 39 DeLucco 19

Junior Division
South End 34 Colt 31
Day 47 Pope 28
KDA 50 SAND 48
Chappelle 49 Wish 35
Pope 34 South End "B" 22
Colt 27 Day 26

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