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SHE HASN’T HAD DINNER WITH ANDRE, NOR HAS SHE MET HIM

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The London tabloids would call her "the other woman." Or at least "the other Wendy."

"Yes, I've gotten several calls from England the past few days," said University of Utah junior Wendy Stewart on Monday morning, the day after Wimbledon ended. "But I told them I'm not the one they're looking for."The calls have come from any number of British newspapers attempting to track down Andre Agassi's girlfriend, who happens to be named . . . Wendy Stewart.

The plot thickened when Agassi - after being pressed at Wimbledon about his relationship with Barbra Streisand - told the press that his steady girlfriend, Wendy Stewart, was going to school in Salt Lake and he would be seeing her soon.

Well, one comment led to another phone call, and British reporters being the bloodhounds that they are, they soon contacted the University of Utah admissions office and found out that the U. indeed had a Wendy Stewart enrolled. They got her number.

But this Wendy had never dated Andre Agassi. Or met him. This Wendy is a senior-to-be from San Clemente, Calif., a third baseman on the U. of U.'s softball team, and single, with no steady boyfriend.

"Not right now," she said. "And it never was Agassi."

"I'd like to meet him," she said of the tennis player. "We've never met, but I'm a fan of his. I think it's fun watching him on the court. He's not boring."

It hasn't come as a total surprise to Wendy that she would be confused as Andre Agassi's girlfriend. A year ago, she became aware that he had a girlfriend by the same name. "And I noticed she spelled it the same too," said Wendy. "I guess if she's a student at the U. she just recently transferred. I've never met her. But I've talked to a lot of people who would like to talk to her."

PLAN B: BYU's hopes of replacing Shawn Bradley with another tall Australian import increased after the basketball coaching staff further researched the case of prospective recruit Cory Reader, a 7-foot, 280-pound 21-year-old and native Australian.

Originally, it had been feared that Reader would not be eligible for amateur basketball in the U.S. because of his participation in an Australian pro-am league. But the BYU staff found that A) Reader played just 11 minutes in that league and B) Several others who participated in the same league went on to play collegiately in the United States.

"We found at least 11 such players," said BYU coach Roger Reid. "Including Andrew Gaze, who played at Seton Hall."

Reid said BYU has submitted an appeal to the NCAA and is awaiting a ruling on the matter. "We don't see where there'd be a problem whatsoever," said the coach, "but then we're not the NCAA."

WEIGHT AND SEE DEPT.: One of the first goals of Larry Eustachy, the new basketball coach at Utah State, is to beef up the Aggies.

"Were slight and not very strong right now," he said. "We had some women gymnasts stronger than some of our players. I'm not kidding. That's the truth."

Eustachy believes that strong seasons start out in the weight room. "We need to be stronger, we need to be tougher," he said. "It helps everything. You defend better, you rebound better, you have longer range on your shots, and when you develop yourself physically you get tougher mentally. Our goal is to be the best-conditioned, strongest team in the league, and then not to lose it in season. That's a mistake I've made in the past."

"Karl Malone came to sign autographs in Logan the other day," said Eustachy, "and do you know what he did while he was here? He found the weight room and lifted weights."

STILL UP THERE: Speaking of Karl Malone, Larry Miller is more convinced than ever that Malone and his All-Star teammate, John Stockton, are not what's wrong with the Jazz.

Miller and the Jazz front office staff recently compiled their players' "batting averages" - statistical averages achieved by adding points, assists, steals, rebounds and blocks and subtracting shots taken, personal fouls and turnovers, all divided by minutes played.

"We feel it's the best barometer to judge a player's performance," said Miller. "Two seasons ago, John had an average of .500 and Karl .505 and we thought that was just phenomenal. This year, John graded out at .454 and that was still the top point-guard batting average in the league. And Karl went to .551. That just blew me away. Even after the season we had, these two graded out that high. They're playing as good as they ever have."

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Detroit Tigers Sparky Anderson on being criticized: "I never worry abut the boos. I try not to listen; it might be someone from my family."