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Decathlon Dan done left Reebok

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sorry Dave, Dan's gone.

Dan O'Brien, the world decathlon record holder and half of Reebok's highly successful "Dan & Dave" ad campaign, is defecting to Nike. O'Brien was to sign four-year contracts Friday with Nike and Foot Locker shoe stores. At next week's U.S. Outdoor Championships, he'll wear Nike apparel and shoes and compete for Foot Locker.

Capriati leaves clinic

MIAMI - Jennifer Capriati checked out of a substance abuse clinic Friday, accompanied by her mother and apparently uncertain about her future. Capriati spent 23 days at Mount Sinai Medical Center following her arrest May 16 for marijuana possession.

Rockets' dancers to be left home

HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets' dance team, the Rockettes, won't make the trip when the NBA Finals move to New York. Some dance team members are upset. The Knicks paid for their dancers' way to Houston.

"We've done so much to help this team," one dancer who asked to remain anonymous told the Houston Chronicle. "It seems that we should get to go to New York City, too. Aren't we part of the team?" She said teammates are also upset that they're paying for new uniforms.

UNLV investigating more charges

LAS VEGAS - UNLV officials moved Friday to investigate allegations that a former football coach had players sign up for and then drop summer-school classes to receive tuition refund checks.

Several former players told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the alleged scheme was an accepted way to get money, and that former coach Jim Strong (1990-93) encouraged players to split their refund checks with other players. Strong was fired four years into a five-year contract.

Tyson's friends kept him too busy

INDIANAPOLIS - If boxer Mike Tyson doesn't impress a judge Monday with his educational record, his celebrity friends could be to blame.

Tyson dropped out of his high school program at the Indiana Youth Center for more than a year because of numerous visits from friends such as Whitney Houston, Spike Lee and Charles Barkley, said Phil Slavens, assistant superintendent of operations at the prison.

"They said, `If you're not going to take it seriously, why even be there?"' said Slavens.

Tyson re-entered the program in September, flunked a general equivalency exam in March and is expected to re-take the test later this month.

"(The visits) had significant impact on what he was able to accomplish," said David Catlin, supervisor of education at the youth center.

Rison's girlfriend surrenders

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Hip-hop star Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes surrendered to police Friday on charges that she set fire to the two-story mansion belonging to her boyfriend, Atlanta Falcons receiver Andre Rison, and smashed his cars.

Lopes, 22, a singer with the group TLC, is accused of felony arson and criminal damage to property. Court officials said Lopes waived her right to a hearing in Fulton County magistrate's court, which had been scheduled for Monday.

76er owner unavailable

PHILADELPHIA - If John Lucas is going to the Philadelphia 76ers, it doesn't look like it will happen in the next few days. Team owner Harold Katz was unavailable for comment Friday, leaving word with his secretary that "he was not to be disturbed this weekend."

Giants to donate to AIDS

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants have announced plans to offer partial proceeds from a game next month to help find a cure for AIDS. Club president Peter Magowan said the venture will mark the first time the Giants have used ticket money for a charitable cause. "To the best of my knowledge this has never been done by a team in professional sports," he said.

A dollar from each ticket sold for the Giants' game against the Colorado Rockies on July 31 will go to AIDS causes.

Ex-Y. player top volleyball coach

Penn State volleyball coach Tom Peterson has been named Coach of the Year by Volleyball Monthly Magazine. Peterson, a former BYU player, coached the Nittany Lions to the national championship in May.


McArthur takes Dixie qualifying

ST. GEORGE - John McArthur captured medalist honors at the Dixie Region qualifying for the Men's State Amateur golf tournament by shooting a 3-under par 69 at Sunbrook Golf Course.

Ten of the 35 participants made it to next month's Men's State Am with scores of 75 or better. Others qualifying were Tad Hunt with 70, Michael Evans with 71, Joe Miera with 73, Jason Hurst and Mike Jorgensen, 74s, and Kenny Hollifield, Jared Barnes, Toru Inoue and Larry Williams with 75s.