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Auerbach has heart surgery

Boston Celtics president Red Auerbach underwent open-heart surgery Friday at Massachusetts General Hospital, medical center spokesman Martin Bander said.

Auerbach, 75, was listed in satisfactory condition Friday night in the cardiac surgical recovery room.

A team headed by Dr. Mortimer J. Buckley Jr., the hospital's chief of cardiac surgery, bypassed five arteries during the six-hour operation, Bander said.

Auerbach, the winningest coach in NBA history, had been at MGH last month for procedures to clear two blocked arteries. He returned to the hospital Wednesday complaining of chest pain, Bander said.

A cardiac catheterization showed a recurrent obstruction in one of the arteries that had been opened by coronary angioplasty five weeks ago.

CBA team scraps

gambling promotion

RAPID CITY, S.D. _ A Continental Basketball Association team scrapped plans for a ticket promotion with a reference to the gambling habits of Michael Jordan.

Officials from the Rapid City Thrillers _ formerly the Tampa Bay Thrillers _ said they dumped the promotion idea after complaints from two of Jordan's corporate sponsors, Gatorade and Nike.

On June

6, Thrillers officials announced a promotional contest in conjunction with the Gold Dust casino in Deadwood. Fans who bought a T-shirt would qualify for a drawing for Thrillers season passes at the casino.

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