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Internationally

U.S. wins in hockey

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Mike Knuble, Craig Charron and Jon Morris each had a goal and an assist as the United States beat Austria 5-2 in its Pool B opener in the World Championships. In Pool A, Canada beat Switzerland 5-3.

Nationally

Drug tests scrutinized

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - In the wake of reports that defensive tackle Warren Sapp failed seven drug tests, the University of Miami's drug-testing program could fall under NCAA scrutiny.

Questions about institutional control already loom at Miami, where in-house investigations of Pell Grant fraud and play-for-pay allegations are ongoing. ESPN and Newsday said last week that Sapp, selected No. 12 by Tampa Bay in the NFL draft Saturday, failed six tests for marijuana and one for cocaine.

'Bama responds to NCAA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama officials said they will respond in person to the NCAA about violations, a sign the program could face stiff penalties.

Alabama had hoped to resolve the case - which involves bank loans obtained by Gene Jelks and the eligibility of another ex-player, Antonio Langham - through the summary disposition process. The school proposed a loss of four scholarships this year, but the NCAA balked at that penalty in February.

Dolphins sign McGwire

MIAMI - The Miami Dolphins signed former Seattle quarterback Dan McGwire to a two-year contract.

Roenick's injury not bad

CHICAGO - An MRI exam showed Chicago Blackhawks star Jeremy Roenick sustained no structural damage when he injured his left knee April 2.

The test revealed that the knee was hyperextended and Roenick sustained a severe bruise to his tibia, but the anterior cruciate ligament was intact.

Neely is top player

NEW YORK - Boston right wing Cam Neely, who had five goals and two assists in three victories last week, was selected NHL player of the week.

Montana buys auto team

MINNEAPOLIS - Joe Montana is to become the latest former NFL star to buy into an auto racing team, sources told The Associated Press.

Montana is scheduled to appear at a news conference today at the Target Center, and it has been widely believed on the IndyCar circuit he will become a part-owner in the Target-Chip Ganassi Racing Team.

McClenathan wins title

COMMERCE, Ga. - Cory McClenathan won the Top Fuel title in the rain-delayed NHRA Fram Nationals, driving a dragster owned by former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs.

Conference USA formed

CHICAGO - Conference USA, a 12-school league made up mostly of teams from the Great Midwest and Metro conferences, will begin basketball competition this season.

Alabama-Birmingham, Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Memphis and Saint Louis from the Great Midwest will join Louisville, North Carolina-Charlotte, Southern Mississippi, South Florida and Tulane of the Metro.

Houston of the Southwest Conference will began participation in 1996, the first year six football playing members (Houston, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Southern Mississippi and Tulane) will compete for a championship.

Young America triumphs

SAN DIEGO - Young America beat Stars & Stripes by 52 seconds, reducing Dennis Conner's chances of reaching the America's Cup finals.

Conner now must beat America3's Mighty Mary today to reach the match against Team New Zealand. If not, the round will finish in a three-way tie and Young America and Mighty Mary will have a sailoff Wednesday to determine the defender.

Locally

Summerhays gives clinic

Utah's Bruce Summerhays will give a clinic at Golf in the Round Thursday afternoon. Summerhays, who is in his first full year on the PGA Senior Tour, will talk about his tour experiences at 4 p.m. and give a golf clinic at 5 p.m. Golf in the Round is located at 600 West 3300 South.