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L.A. continues to celebrate

LOS ANGELES - The triumphant UCLA Bruins, bleary-eyed from a night's celebration after winning the school's first NCAA basketball championship in 20 years, arrived home and were met by about 500 fans at Los Angeles International Airport.

Then, it was a quick bus ride to campus and another to Burbank for a five-minute appearance on the "Tonight Show."

The team was to visit Disneyland on Wednesday, and a celebration was planned in late afternoon at Pauley Pavilion on campus.

The championship was the first for a major Los Angeles area team since the Dodgers won the 1988 World Series. Since then, the area has been hit by riot, fire, earthquake and flood.

Atlanta hit with complaints

ATLANTA - With 15 months to go before the Centennial Olympic Games, Atlanta organizers are getting an earful of complaints from international sports federations.

"It was a high-profile ambush," one federation source said.

The main criticism was over plans to house 1,000 federation officials - including judges, referees and technical delegates - in university dormitories rather than hotel rooms.

"You can't expect people of status to stay in universities," said Anwar Chowdhry, president of the international amateur boxing association. "It's impossible to have two judges sharing the same room."

50 million watched UCLA win

NEW YORK - More than 50 million people watched UCLA's NCAA championship game victory over Arkansas, CBS Sports said Tuesday.

UCLA's 89-78 victory was the fourth-most watched NCAA title game, with a 19.3 rating and a 30 share. That converts to about 50.8 million viewers.

The most watched NCAA championship game was in 1993, when North Carolina beat Michigan. That game attracted 51.6 million viewers.

Next in line was the Michigan-Duke final in 1992, with 51.5 million viewers, followed by Arkansas-Duke last year (51.4 million).

Plane-crash report out

PHOENIX - The plane crash that killed internationally acclaimed gymnastics coach Mark "Stormy" Eaton last month occurred after he and his pilot buzzed a former student's workplace and clipped a power line, the National Transportation Board reported Tuesday.

Eaton, 44, and the pilot, David M. Ellis, 55, were killed. Eaton's girlfriend and passenger, Pamela L. Murphy, 35, was injured.

According to the safety board and the Coconino County, Ariz., Sheriff's Department, the three were en route to Scottsdale, Ariz., from Page in northwestern Arizona near the Utah line in a single-engine plane March 15.

Carter gets new Hawaii job

HONOLULU - Former University of Hawaii quarterback Michael Carter was chosen quarterback coach for the Rainbows on Tuesday. Carter had been coaching the receivers, but was promoted to quarterbacks coach after Ken Niumataolo stepped down last week to take an assistant's job at Navy. He joins former Hawaii offensive coordinator Paul Johnson, who left for Navy after the season.

Celtics' Fox out for season

BOSTON - Boston Celtics forward Rick Fox had surgery on both ankles and will miss the rest of the season.

Ducks, Red Wings make trades

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim acquired forward Mike Sillinger and defenseman Jason York from the Detroit Red Wings for left wing Stu Grimson, defenseman Mark Ferner and a 1996 sixth-round draft choice.

Dolphins get new defensive end

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Chicago Bears traded defensive end Trace Armstrong to the Miami Dolphins for two picks in this month's NFL draft. Armstrong, 29, played for the Bears for six seasons, accumulating 411 tackles and 42 sacks. He was their first-round draft choice in 1989 out of Florida.

Locally

Lacrosse League begins season

The Utah High School Lacrosse League began its second season this week.

Six teams comprised of high-school age players are participating. The teams are Sandy, North, Park City, Judge, Alta and Provo/Orem.

The season kicked off Tuesday with Park City's 7-6 win over North. Alta plays Provo today; North takes on Sandy and Park City faces Judge on Friday. All game times are 5 p.m. For more information, call 568-3661.