Saturday, December 28, 1996 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Abl -- Brown May Play; Osburn Signs


First, Cindy Brown has to get back to Seattle. Then, she might receive medical clearance to return to the Seattle Reign's lineup in time for tomorrow's game against the Columbus Quest.

The forward missed two games before the holiday break because of a concussion she suffered during the All-Star Game on Dec. 15. Brown, who spent the holiday with her family in Portland, was scheduled to be examined yesterday, but the weather interfered. She hopes to return to Seattle today and be examined in time to play tomorrow.

The Reign signed Debbie (Sporcich) Osburn, a native of Pasco, as a replacement for Venus Lacy, who is out indefinitely while rehabilitating a knee injury. Osburn, a 6-foot-4 post player was a four-year letter winner at Oregon and played professionally in Belgium, Italy and Spain.

Last night's games

At Richmond 95, New England 92 - Marta Sobral scored a season-high 31 points to lead four Richmond players in double figures as the Rage beat the Blizzard.

Richmond (12-12) entered the second half with a 48-43 lead after forcing 15 New England turnovers. But the Blizzard (7-14) battled back and trailed by one with 8:03 remaining.

A Sobral layup with 7:03 remaining put Richmond in front for good.

Sobral hit eight of 15 from the field and made five of nine from behind the three-point arc. She hit 10 of 13 free throws.

Adrienne Goodson had 23 points for the Rage and made nine of 10 free throws.

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