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Legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel dies at 94

Ray Arcel, one of the most successful boxing trainers in a career spanning six decades, died Monday in New York City at the age of 94, his wife said.

Arcel trained 19 champions, including Roberto Duran, and worked with fighters until he was 82. He started his boxing career as a club fighter in New York for a percentage of the gate and finished it as a cornerman for Larry Holmes in his June 1982 heavyweight defense against Gerry Cooney.

Arcel's first champion was Frankie Genaro, who won the American flyweight title by outpointing Pancho Villa in 1923. His first world championship as a trainer came the next year, when Abe Goldstein outpointed Joe Lynch for the bantamweight crown. He also worked with lightweight champion Benny Leonard and heavyweight champions James Braddock and Ezzard Charles.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Less than a week after hiring Tulane assistant Bob Pruett as defensive coordinator, Florida coach Steve Spurrier shook up assignments on his coaching staff Monday. Ron Zook, who spent the past three seasons as defensive coordinator and secondary coach, will coach linebackers. Pruett, a former Tulane assistant, will led the secondary.

HORSE RACING: The cracked cannon bone in the right hind leg of Dehere, the champion colt who broke down while training last week at Palm Beach, was repaired Tuesday in Pompano. "I think he can race again," veterinarian Wayne McIlwraith said after performing the surgery. Dehere has been withdrawn from the Florida Derby Saturday at Hallandale and the Kentucky Derby May 7.

AUTOS: Mike Wallace said he has agreed to drive for the NASCAR Winston Cup team owned by Junie Donlavey. Wallace replaces Bobby Hillin Jr., who quit Monday after a disappointing 1993 season and a poor start this year.

ET CETERA: Maine resident Julie Parisien, ranked first internationally in the slalom only two years ago, said she is leaving the World Cup skiing circuit for the year and may retire.

_ Compiled from wire reports.

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