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Senna wins European Grand Prix

DONINGTON, England - Ayrton Senna of Brazil charged from fifth to first on the opening lap and powered to victory in the European Grand Prix on Sunday, his second straight Formula One triumph.

Senna, who averaged 102.901 mph in his McLaren Ford for the 76-lap race on the 2.5-mile Donington circuit, leads the drivers' standings with 26 points.

Sampras claims Japan Open title

TOKYO - Second-seeded Pete Sampras of the United States, who unseated Jim Courier as the top ranked player in the world earlier in the tournament, beat seventh-seeded compatriot Brad Gilbert 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Japan Open on Sunday.

Coggie retains WBA welterweight title

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina - Juan Coggi of Argentina stopped Joe Rivera of Puerto Rico in the seventh round to retain his WBA junior welterweight title Saturday. Coggi improved to 61-2-2 with 36 knockouts and Rivera dropped to 20-2-7.


Celtics' Fox doesn't appreciate fan's gift

BOSTON - A Boston Celtics fan's apparent show of appreciation for getting access to the players for autographs was not appreciated by team officials and especially not by Celtics forward Rick Fox.

According to reports in Boston newspapers today, an unidentified season-ticket holder whose seat was near those of the wives and girlfriends of Celtics players, offered Fox's girlfriend, Kari Hillsman, a container of a substance suspected to be a drug.

It was believed an apparent show of appreciation for Hillsman getting him access to the Boston Garden locker room area so he could get autographs.

Fox told the Boston Herald he confronted the man. "There wasn't a fight," he said. "I was very strong in my position. I told him that I have never associated myself with this kind of thing and I was upset with what happened.

"He was very shocked that I approached him. After that, he was very apologetic and said he was just trying to be appreciative."

It was not indicated in the news reports if it was determined that the substance was a drug. The Boston Globe said Hillsman described it as a "suspicious green substance" she thought resembled marijuana. The Herald said the man offered her a "substance suspected to be a drug in a vial."

Conlan agrees to terms with Rams

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Shane Conlan, a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker in six seasons with the Buffalo Bills, agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Rams.

Conlan's agent, Brett Senior, told The Buffalo News that the former Penn State star decided Saturday night to accept a three-year guaranteed contract worth about $1.8 million a year. The Bills do not have the right to match the offer because Conlan is an unconditional free agent.

`Ironhead' Heyward makes deal with Bears

CHICAGO - The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with New Orleans fullback Craig "Ironhead" Heyward on Sunday. Heyward will reportedly receive a three-year deal for $3 million with a chance to earn another $200,000 a season for reaching accepted weight levels.

Chiefs' Snow faces possible assault charge

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Percy Snow faces a possible misdemeanor assault charge after allegedly threatening a group of golfers Saturday with a gun after his car was hit by a ball, police say.

Sanchez Vicario takes Bausch & Lomb crown

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. - Top-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain beat second-seeded Gabriela Sabatini 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in the final of the Bausch & Lomb Championships on Sunday.

Pirates cut loose LaValliere

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates continued to slash high-priced veterans from their roster, releasing catcher Mike LaValliere on Sunday despite owing him a guaranteed $4.05 million over the next two seasons. Continuing one of the swiftest breakups of a championship team in history, the Pirates have lost via trades, free agency or release 12 of the 25 players on their NL playoff roster last season.