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Internationally

Schneider retires

GENEVA - Swiss ski racer Vreni Schneider announced her retirement today at a news conference in Zurich, leaving the sport as the reigning World Cup overall, slalom and giant slalom champion.

Chang begins defense

HONG KONG - Top-seeded Michael Chang began his title defense in the Hong Kong Salem Open, routing Switzerland's Jakob Hlasek 6-1, 6-3. Second-seeded Wayne Ferreira of South Africa and third-seeded Jim Courier also advanced.

Nationally

Magic eyes '96 Olympics

LOS ANGELES - Magic Johnson, whose NBA career was cut short in 1991 when he tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, wants to play for the United States in the 1996 Olympic Games at Atlanta, his agent said.

"It's his desire to participate in the Olympics in 1996," Johnson's agent, Lon Rosen, said from his office in suburban Century City. "He's been playing for the last year and a half on his tour. . . . He averages 40 minutes a game and is in excellent shape. He feels as good as ever."

Lions sign Majkowski

PONTIAC, Mich. - The Detroit Lions signed free agent quarterbacks Don Majkowski and Don Hollas. Majkowski spent last season with Indianapolis and Hollas played the past four seasons with Cincinnati.

- In Indianapolis, the Colts matched Carolina's three-year offer sheet to restricted free agent safety Jason Belser. Belser signed Monday for a reported $1.9 million, including a $300,000 signing bonus.

3 more go early to draft

NEW YORK - Three more underclassmen - juniors Scotty Thurman of Arkansas, Rodrick Rhodes of Kentucky and Chris Carr of Southern Illinois - announced they will enter the NBA draft.

Earlier, Joe Smith of Maryland, the college Player of the Year; Corliss Williamson, who was Thurman's teammate at Arkansas; Gary Trent of Ohio University; and Mario Bennett of Arizona State, entered the draft.

Mercer picks Kentucky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ron Mercer, the Naismith Award winner as the nation's top prep player, will sign with Kentucky, the Nashville Banner reported. Mercer averaged 26.3 points for Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

Fullerton signs Hawking

FULLERTON, Calif. - Bob Hawking, Cal State-Fullerton's interim coach last season, agreed to a three-year contract to remain at the school.

Too much, too little wind

SAN DIEGO - The America's Cup came up with a dubious distinction when one race was postponed because the wind was blowing too hard and the second was called off when the wind dropped to practically nothing.

PSU shoots for the `Sky'

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland State said Tuesday the school will seek admission to the Big Sky Athletic Conference and would move up to NCAA Division I level if accepted. Portland State, a Division II member, doesn't belong to a conference.

Locally

Lacrosse action

In High School Lacrosse League action Tuesday night, North held off an Alta rally for a 5-4 victory. In action last week, Alta trounced South, 16-4 and Judge beat Provo, 5-2.

This week's games are Park City at Alta and Provo at South on Friday. For information on game times and locations, call 568-3661.