Tomba wins 3rd slalom

LECH AM ARLBERG, Austria - Italian star Alberto Tomba overcame bruised ribs today to easily win his third World Cup slalom of the season.

Tomba, a three-time Olympic champion who won previous slaloms in Tignes, France, and Sestriere, Italy, beat Austria's Thomas Sykora by 1.49 seconds with a two-run time 1:44.73. Tomba, who turned 28 on Monday, had the top times in both heats for his 25th career slalom victory and 36th overall title.

Tomba, who leads the overall World Cup standings with 350 points, moved within four of Pirmin Zurbriggen for third place on the career victory list. Ingemar Stenmark is the leader with 86.


Montana denies tax woes

NEW YORK - Kansas City quarterback Joe Montana, linked by the Daily News to a tax fraud investigation of the sports autograph business, said he has always reported all income from such shows.

Peter Johnson of International Management Group, Montana's agent, denied any wrongdoing after the News reported Montana had received $75,000 from Michael Bertolini to sign 1,000 footballs. Bertolini has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a case involving some of baseball's most prominent players.

Williams' charged

DALLAS - Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Erik Williams was sentenced to two years' probation in connection with a one-car accident Oct. 24 in which he tore knee ligaments that ended his season.

Williams also will be required to perform community service, including talking to high school students about alcohol problems. Williams agreed Nov. 4 to plead no contest to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

Bengtson dies

SAN DIEGO - Former Green Bay Packers coach Phil Bengtson died Sunday at his home after a long illness. He was 81. Bengtson, a longtime defensive coordinator under Vince Lombardi, was 20-21-1 as head coach from 1968-70.

McNair wins I-AA honor

NEW YORK - Alcorn State's Steve McNair, third in voting for the Heisman Trophy, won the Walter Payton Award as the top player in Division I-AA.

McNair, who threw for 4,863 yards and 44 touchdowns, received 78 of 89 first-place votes and 249 points from a panel of sports information directors, coaches, athletic directors and writers.

Frazier cleared to play

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier was taken off an anti-coagulant drug and cleared to scrimmage in Miami on Saturday.

After the scrimmage, Frazier will begin taking a different anti-coagulant until about 24 hours before the Orange Bowl.

Frazier has been taking anti-coagulant medication since shortly after a blood slot was discovered in his right leg Sept. 25. The blood clots recurred and he underwent surgery in early October.

NHL talks stall

The NHL Players Association will meet in Toronto on Wednesday, virtually assuring there will be no negotiations at least until Thursday.

A source close to the negotiations told The Associated Press that the players will probably take a vote to decide whether or not they want to accept the owners' latest offer.