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Christie captures 3rd straight European 100mHELSINKI, Finland - Britain's Linford Christie, arguably the finest sprinter in European history, captured his third straight 100-meter title at the European Championships to tie Soviet Valery Borzov's record from the 1970s.

Christie, an Olympic champion in 1992 and world champion last year, clocked a relatively slow winning time of 10.14 seconds.

Irina Privalova took the women's 100 in 11.02; Mikhail Shchennikov won the men's 20-kilometer walk in 1:18.45; and Ana Biryukova sailed 48 feet, 101/4 inches to win the women's triple jump.

Aussies next up for Dream Team II

TORONTO - Dream Team II faces Australia tonight in the Group I qaurterfinal opener at the World Championship of Basketball.

Russia, Puerto Rico, the United States and Australia play each other once, with the top two teams advancing to the semifinals, along with the top two teams from Group II - China, Croatia, Canada and Greece.

The other quarterfinal pool opened play with Croatia defeating China 105-73 and Greece beating Canada 74-71.


Dolphins say Marlins smart to resist salary cap

MIAMI - Miami Dolphins players disappointed with the NFL's current labor agreement say their baseball counterparts at Joe Robbie Stadium are smart to resist a salary cap.

The Florida Marlins unanimously oppose a cap, the primary obstacle in stalled labor negotiations as Friday's strike deadline approaches.

"I hope they hold steadfast," Dolphins linebacker Bryan Cox said.

"I'd tell them they don't want to be in the same situation we're in," running back Aaron Craver said.

"I wish we had taken a stand," running back Mark Higgs said.

The introduction of a salary cap in the NFL this season hurt the value of mid-level players, and many have taken pay cuts, including Craver and Higgs.

"I could go on for two hours on this subject," said Craver, who will receive the minimum base salary of $162,000 this year despite two seasons of NFL experience.

"Under the cap, the big-time players are the ones that get all the money. Players in my situation have to take pay cuts if they want to be on the team. If you're a backup making $300,000 to $400,000, you're in trouble."

Hobson not Alabama-bound, Tide A.D. says

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama's athletic director said he hasn't offered a job to Boston Red Sox manager Butch Hobson, under fire with his team heading toward its third straight losing season.

The Mobile Register reported Sunday that Hobson, who played football and baseball at Alabama in the early 1970s, was being wooed by his alma mater with a job as special assistant in the athletic department.

Rangers name Campbell as new coach

NEW YORK - Colin Campbell was appointed coach of the New York Rangers today, ending the tumult that has marred the franchise's first Stanley Cup in 54 years.

Campbell, 41, was an associate coach under Mike Keenan last season but has never been a head coach in the NHL. His only experience running a team came in a half-season with the AHL Binghamton Rangers in 1993.

A low-key coach, Campbell's style is expected to be in stark contrast to the intense, confrontational approach of Keenan.

Bettman wants NHL bargaining to resume

NEW YORK - After going almost five months without any collective bargaining talks, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has taken a heavy-handed approach to make sure the bargaining resumes.

Bettman sent a letter to the players association calling for 16 rules changes unless a new contract is reached by Sept. 1, the day before training camps open.

The NHL has been without a collective bargaining agreement since Sept. 15, 1993. The players association said the league wants to eliminate salary arbitration and reduce rosters, now unlimited, to 22 players.

Lendl cruises at ATP championship

MASON, Ohio - Unseeded Ivan Lendl easily defeated 16th-seeded Jaime Yzaga 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the $1.72 million ATP Championship.

Other seeded players advanced easily except for 15th-seeded Andrea Gaudenzi of Italy, who was upset by MaliVai Washington.

Winners included 11th-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov, No. 12 Wayne Ferreira, and 13th-seeded Cedric Pioline.

Cauthen inducted into Racing Hall of Fame

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jockey Steve Cauthen, who rode Affirmed to a triple Crown in 1978, became the youngest person ever inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame.

Cauthen, 34, was enshrined along with trainer Jimmy Croll and horses Ta Wee, Eight Thirty, Flatterer and Arts and Letters.

In 1977, Cauthen, just 17-years-old, won 487 races and set an American jockey record with more than $6 million in earnings. The next year he guided Affirmed to his Triple Crown victory, beating Alydar each time in what became one of the sport's most storied matchups.

Cauthen, who spent 14 of 17 riding years in England, won 2,794 races before retiring in 1993.


Weber spiker Dickamore out for the season

Injuries suffered in a horse riding accident last week will take senior outside hitter Marvett Dickamore out of the lineup for the upcoming 1994 volleyball season. Dickamore, a 6-1 senior at Weber State and a second team All-Big Sky pick last season, was a prep standout at Weber High School.

Dickamore led the Wildcats last year in hitting percentage (.259), kills per game (3.4 kpg) and total kills (365) was among the Big Sky Top Ten in kill average and hitting percentage. She is a three-year starter for Weber State and was the 1993 team MVP.