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BAGWELL'S BACK: Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell, out since July 30 when his left hand was broken by a pitch, was struck on the left leg by a pitch in the sixth inning as he played for Class AA Jackson in a four-game rehabilitation assignment.

In his first three games at Jackson, the 1994 NL MVP was 0-for-8 with three walks and two strikeouts. He is scheduled to rejoin the Astros Friday.

ANGELS WAIVE LIND: Following their fifth straight loss and eighth in nine games, the AL West-leading California Angels waived second baseman Chico Lind.

College football

TIDE STILL PROBED: The University of Alabama and the Southeastern Conference have reopened an investigation into claims by a tire merchant that he did financial favors for Crimson Tide players.

The NCAA is awaiting the outcome of the joint review, which comes with the Alabama football program on probation for three years because of unrelated rules violations.

Past reviews by the school and the league cleared players of wrongdoing, school officials said.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Boyd Sutherland, owner of Bojo's Mag Wheels and Accessories in Birmingham, claimed he sold thousands of dollars worth of merchandise to current and former Alabama football and basketball players on credit without being paid.


TURNER AGREES: The Cleveland Browns agreed to terms on a three-year contract with All-Pro safety Eric Turner, ending his 40-day holdout four days before the start of the season.

GIANTS QB MOVES: Kent Graham, who lost a quarterback competition for the New York Giants' starting job last year, was waived less than a week before the start of the season. Giants coach Dan Reeves signed Tommy Maddox, who played for him in Denver, to fill Graham's spot on the roster.


FLYERS-LEAFS TRADE: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Dimitri Yushkevich was traded along with a 1996 second-round draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for first- and fourth-round picks in 1996 and a 1997 second-round choice.

University Games

U.S. LEADS: Americans finished 1-2 in the men's 200-meter sprint, keeping the United States ahead of Japan in the overall World University Games gold medals race.

The Americans lead Japan 19-18 in golds and 56-51 in total medals.

Prep volleyball

BINGHAM INVITATIONAL: American Fork defeated Skyline 15-11, 15-9 Wednesday to win the seven-team Bingham Invitational tournament. Orem placed third with Mountain View, Davis, Bingham and Bonneville rounding out the field.