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NO REVUE THIS YEAR: The Utah Jazz officially announced Tuesday that the 1995 Rocky Mountain Revue basketball summer league has been canceled.

BARKLEY LAWSUIT: NBA star Charles Barkley filed a $4 million lawsuit against Nikon, claiming the company used an unauthorized photograph of him in a prominent ad.

The Phoenix Suns forward contends he never gave Nikon Inc. permission to use his photograph to sell cameras.

The lawsuit contends the ad has caused millions of consumers to believe Barkley endorses Nikon's products. Barkley claims he sustained "enormous injury" to his personal and professional reputation, and his value to other sponsors has been undermined.

RILEY'S PRICE: The Miami Heat may lose one of its two 1996 first-round draft picks to the New York Knicks to gain Pat Riley.

And Riley himself may want a piece of the Heat, according to a report published today.

Two Knicks officials indicated the team would be willing to settle its tampering claim against the Heat before NBA commissioner David Stern issues his ruling late this week or early next week, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

Baseball

GEHRIG REMEMBERED: The battle against the disease that killed Lou Gehrig will be remembered the night Cal Ripken breaks the Hall of Famer's record for consecutive games played.

Gehrig died in 1941 of a degenerative disease that slowly destroyed his spine and nerve cells. The Baltimore Orioles, in honor of Ripken's 2,131st consecutive game, plan to raise $1 million by selling 260 seats on the edge of the playing field Sept. 6.

The money will be used to set up a foundation at Johns Hopkins University for research on neuromuscular diseases.

LITTLE LEAGUE SERIES: Teams from Arden Hills, Minn., and Toronto were swept out of title contention at the Little League World Series.

Toms River, N.J., defeated Arden Hills 11-4, the Dominican Republic defeated Canada 7-2, Taiwan beat Saudi Arabia 12-0 and Spring, Texas, topped Yorba Linda, Calif., 8-2.

At 2-0, Taiwan is assured a spot in the international final Thursday, and Spring is guaranteed an appearance in the U.S. title game.

Boxing

TYSON'S NEXT FOE: Mike Tyson will fight Buster Mathis Jr. Nov. 4 in his final tuneup before fighting for part of the heavyweight title in March, his handlers said.

Stung by criticism of Tyson's aborted first comeback fight Saturday against Peter McNeeley, promoter Don King unveiled a schedule that has Tyson challenging for a world title in his third fight March 16.

King said he would drop pay-per-view prices for the Mathis bout because both he and Tyson feel bad about the way the fight ended with McNeeley's manager, Vinny Vecchione, throwing in the towel.

Football

GEORGIA DOME: The Atlanta Falcons will be able to play their opener in the Georgia Dome Sept. 3, despite the collapse of four roof panels during a weekend storm. Repairs have already started and will be completed before the Falcons face Carolina.

Golf

FRED MEYER CHALLENGE: Brad Faxon and Greg Norman won the Fred Meyer Challenge when Norman forced a playoff by sinking a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, and Faxon knocked home a 15-foot putt for birdie on the first playoff hole to win $100,000.

Norman and Faxon combined for a 7-under-par 64 and Paul Azinger and Payne Stewart shot 65 to finish regulation with 13-under 129 totals.

WEST COAST CLASSIC: Scott Verplank shot a course-record 8-under-par 64 and Brandel Chamblee had a 67 to share the second-round lead in the $550,000 West Coast Classic.

Tennis

HAMLET CUP: MaliVai Washington upset fifth-seeded Stefan Edberg 6-1, 6-4, while Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia, the top seed and defending champion, routed Olivier Delaitre of France 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the Hamlet Cup.

TARANGO FINED: American Jeff Tarango was suspended from two Grand Slam tournaments - including next year's Wimbledon - and fined $28,256 for his outburst last month at Wimbledon.

The sanctions were announced by the International Tennis Federation's Grand Slam Committee, which found Tarango guilty of "aggravated behavior and conduct contrary to the integrity of the game."

Tarango stormed off the court July 1, following a dispute with French chair umpire Bruno Rebeuh during a third-round match and was fined $15,500, bringing his total to $43,756.

Tarango intends to appeal, making him eligible to play in the upcoming U.S. Open.

U.S. OPEN SEEDINGS: Monica Seles was seeded second at the U.S. Open behind three-time women's champion Steffi Graf, while defending champion Andre Agassi was top-seeded in men's singles.

Graf is top-seeded for the eighth time, tying the all-time mark of Helen Wills Moody and Chris Evert.

Agassi is seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open for the first time. He becomes the first player since John Newcombe in 1967 to be seeded No. 1 at the Open after being unseeded the year before.

Pete Sampras, a two-time winner, is seeded second, followed by French Open champion Thomas Muster of Austria.

POLE VAULT RECORD: Daniela Bartova of the Czech Republic broke her own women's world record in the pole vault, jumping 13 feet, 93/4 inches at an international meet.

Skiing

BUDGET CUTS: U.S. Skiing, facing budget problems, is cutting funding for ballet.

Ballet coach Jan Bucher Carmichael's position will be eliminated.

"Unfortunately that discipline is not in the Olympics," said Tom Kelly, U.S. Skiing director of operations. "We don't have the funding but will continue to try and make it possible for athletes to compete."

He said athletes might consider selling headgear and clothing sponsorships to finance their own program.

U.S. Skiing's budget this year was $7.4 million, down from $9 million last year.