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Bradley's progressing

Philadelphia's toothpick of a center, Shawn Bradley, is showing his game may have some teeth after all.

Bradley, whose play and overall promise was questioned by team owner Harold Katz at one point this season, is making rapid improvement in the late part of the season even though the upturn has come way too late for the 76ers.

In his last 10 games, he's averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds. He had eight blocks and notched his ninth double-double in 10 games Thursday night in the 76ers' win over New Jersey.

What's helped quiet the boos from Philly fans: Bradley, who's set a franchise record by fouling out of 17 games, staying out of foul trouble and shedding his bulky knee braces.

The team plans to have him play in two summer leagues, unlike the last off-season, when he rested and didn't play basketball.

Williams remains free

IRVING, Texas - Erik Williams will remain free on probation until the courts resolve his latest brush with the law.

Williams, arrested Thursday on allegations he and a companion sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl at his north Dallas home, has been serving two years probation for an Oct. 24 drunken driving accident.

An All-Pro offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys in 1993, he missed most of last season when he severely damaged his knee in the wreck.