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Tennis

NAVRATILOVA RESIGNS: Martina Navratilova officially relinquished her position as president of the WTA Tour's Players Association during the group's annual meeting.

Navratilova was succeeded by Marianne Werdel-Witmeyer, who previously served as vice president. Other officers elected for the 1995-96 year include Katrina Adams as vice president, Nicole Arendt as treasurer and Mercedes Paz as secretary.

Baseball

MATTINGLY FED UP: Don Mattingly is fed up with the state of baseball. Enough so that he is considering playing in Japan next year.

Mattingly, the New York Yankees regular first baseman since 1983, has struggled through injuries to his eye, back and hamstring this season.

"I've thought about Japan a little bit," he said. "If I'm going to play baseball, I want it to be where it's a game. I want it to be where it's a fun place, where it's baseball and I don't know if I can find that in the United States anymore."

Mattingly insisted he would be willing to trade Yankee pinstripes for a foreign uniform and environment because of his love of the game itself.

"Sure, why not? Why would anyone question that?," he asked. "Baseball is baseball. I play the game as a sport. What's happening to this game, it isn't sport anymore. And that goes for all sports, not just baseball."

BAGWELL REHAB: Jeff Bagwell went 0-for-2 with two walks in his first game in four weeks as the designated hitter for the Houston Astros' Double-A Jackson team.

Bagwell, the 1994 National League MVP, hadn't played since breaking his left hand July 30 when hit by a pitch. It was the third straight season he suffered that injury.

Bagwell, 27, was hitting .283 with 16 homers and 66 RBI at the time of his injury.

DeLEON TRADED: Jose DeLeon was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Montreal Expos for Jeff Shaw in a swap of right-handed relievers. DeLeon, 34, was 5-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 38 games, while Shaw, 29, was 1-6 with three saves and a 4.62 ERA in 50 games.

PIAZZA HONORED: Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza, who hit .467 with eight homers and 14 RBI, was selected National League player of the week. B.J. Surhoff of Milwaukee won American League honors, hitting .464 with three homers and 10 RBI.

Football

ON PROBATION: Boise State football coach Pokey Allen placed Tony Hilde on probation - then passionately defended his decision one day after the quarterback was arrested and accused of assaulting police officers.

"I'm running this football team, and if anybody else wants to run it, they can, but they're not going to while I'm here," Allen said Monday. "That's the way I'll always feel. I've been the boss. I am the boss.

"When people don't want me to be the boss of this team, and they don't like my penalties, they better get a new coach. It's that simple."

The decision allows Hilde to continue practicing with the team. He will be the starting quarterback when the Broncos open their season Sept. 9 at Utah State.

Boxing

MCNEELEY DECISION: Vinny Vecchione will get his $179,820 cut of Peter McNeeley's purse despite what Nevada's top boxing official called his "strange and unexpected" action in stopping McNeeley's fight with Mike Tyson.

State boxing commissioners agreed to release Vecchione's money, but said he would have to appear before the commission if he ever wanted to work a fighter's corner in the state again.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission, in releasing the money, decided against holding a formal hearing on Vecchione's action in stopping the fight after only 89 seconds with McNeeley still on his feet.

Commissioners also voted unanimously to change state boxing regulations that call for a fighter to be automatically disqualified if a cornerman comes into the ring.

Under the proposed new regulation, the referee would have the discretion to order the cornerman out of the ring and allow the fight to continue.

BOUT CANCELED: Tim Witherspoon's heavyweight bout with Carl Williams was called off when New York boxing authorities refused to allow Williams to fight for medical reasons.

Dr. Robert Schultz, head of the medical unit of the New York State Athletic Commission, said the decision stemmed from Williams' MRI. Williams, of Milwaukee, has a 17-18 record.

Golf

RYDER CUP: Nick Faldo and Jose Maria Olazabal were added to the European Ryder Cup team as wild-card members for next month's competition against the defending champion United States in Rochester, N.Y.

The 38-year-old Faldo, once No. 1 in world rankings, will be making his 10th consecutive Ryder Cup appearance, tying the record held by Christy O'Connor Jr.

Olazabal, playing his fifth straight Ryder Cup, has teamed with fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros in the most successful Ryder Cup partnership in history with 11 wins, two losses and two halves.

Hockey

NEW GRIZZLIES: The Utah Grizzlies announced the additions of Jean-Marc Plante as director of public and media relations and Kyle Schultz as director of broadcasting to their staff Monday.

Plante spent last season as a public relations assistant with the NHL's Florida Panthers, while Schultz joins the staff after having been the voice of the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks of the East Coast Hockey League.