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Internationally

U.S. loses to Sweden

RED DEER, Alberta - Per-Johan Axelsson, Jonas Andersson-Junkka, Anders Soderberg and Per Svartvadet scored goals as Sweden beat the United States 4-2 to improve to 2-0 in the world junior championships.

Nationally

Looks bleak for NHL

With no talks scheduled and not so much as a phone conversation between the main negotiators this week, numerous negative voices are bemoaning the prospects of saving the NHL season.

Howard Baldwin, owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, said, "It is a crying shame we didn't get it done before Christmas. It is a bloody shame. It is a great injustice to the game itself.'

Baldwin hears the clock ticking.

"We are down to the last seconds of overtime," he said. "I don't know why it has gone as far as this. It would be a crime to miss the season."

Independence Bowl set

SHREVEPORT, La. - No. 18 Virginia and unranked Texas Christian slip away from the flashy riverboat casinos tonight to face each other in the 19th Independence Bowl.

The Cavaliers put the nation's top rushing defense against a TCU attack that features the leading rusher and passer in the Southwest Conference.

Injuries and other disruptions cast only a faint shadow over the first meeting ever between the Cavs of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the SWC co-champion Horned Frogs.

"We're ready to line up and go," said Virginia coach George Welsh, whose Cavaliers (8-3) rule as 10-point favorites over the Frogs (7-4).

NFL numbers up

NEW YORK - NFL attendance went up for the fifth straight year in 1994, topping the 14 million mark for the first time.

The total attendance was 14,034,977, an average of 62,656 for 224 games. The league averaged 62,352 last season.

Hill East's top vote-getter

NEW YORK - Detroit rookie Grant Hill continues to lead Eastern Conference voting for the NBA All-Star game.

Hill has 394,777 votes to top the voting at forward.

Shaquille O'Neal of Orlando leads centers with 308,424 votes and the Magic's Anfernee Hardaway is the top guard with 252,642.

Former Yankee dies

OKLAHOMA CITY - Allie Reynolds, a star right-hander for the New York Yankees on six World Series champion teams from 1947 to 1954, died of cancer. He was 77.

NFL sets draft order

NEW YORK - Houston, which finished an NFL-worst 2-14, will follow expansion Carolina and Jacksonville in the draft. Carolina won the right to choose first in a coin toss during the 1994 draft.

Washington will pick fourth, followed by Cincinnati and the Los Angeles Rams. Seattle or Tampa Bay will have coin toss to determine the seventh and eighth picks. The expansion teams have extra picks at the end of the first round as part of the league's player access plan.

Charger arrested

SAN DIEGO - San Diego receiver Shawn Jefferson was jailed briefly after being arrested for investigation of drunken driving and gun violations.

Jefferson was pulled over Monday night by a San Diego County Sheriff's deputy responding to a report that shots had been fired in Alpine. Backup offensive lineman Curtis Whitley was questioned at the scene and released.

Bengals hire Krumrie

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati added Tim Krumrie, who ended his 12-year career as a defensive lineman Saturday, to its coaching staff as a defensive line assistant.

Waters resigns

DENVER - Charlie Waters resigned as Denver's defensive coordinator amid speculation head coach Wade Phillips may be next to leave.

Oakley out for 8 weeks

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York Knicks forward Charles Oakley is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks after surgery to repair a dislocated toe on his right foot.

New York activated forward Doug Christie, sidelined since undergoing ankle surgery before the season, from the injured list to take Oakley's roster spot.

Laker player honored

NEW YORK - Los Angeles Lakers forward Cedric Ceballos, who scored a career-high 50 points against Minnesota and averaged 35.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games last week, is the NBA player of the week.

Holyfield seeks license

LAS VEGAS - Two-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will get to fight in Nevada again if the state athletic commission accepts a unanimous recommendation by its medical advisory board. Holyfield's license to fight in Nevada was suspended after he was diagnosed with a minor heart problem.

Erickson says `no'

MIAMI - Miami coach Dennis Erickson, rumored to be a leading candidate for the Seattle Seahawks job if Tom Flores is fired, said Tuesday he has "no interest" in going to the NFL and plans to stay with the Hurricanes.

"College football is what I want to do," Erickson said at an Orange Bowl news conference. "I'd like to win a few more national championships here."