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A COMING OUT PARTY: Receivers Terry Glenn of Ohio State and Freddie Scott of Penn State are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.

UCLA tailback Karim Abdul-Jabbar, Auburn offensive lineman Willie Anderson and Oklahoma fullback Jerald Moore also said they were coming out early on the final day underclassmen could declare for the April draft.

Several players previously said they were coming out early, including running backs Lawrence Phillips of Nebraska, Tim Biakabutuka of Michigan, Leeland McElroy of Texas A&M and Moe Williams of Kentucky.

BARNETT HONORED: Gary Barnett, who led Northwestern to a Big Ten title and its first Rose Bowl since 1949, was selected coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association.

HALEY RETURNS: Defensive end Charles Haley, who underwent back surgery five weeks ago, practiced with the Dallas Cowboys for the first time and could be ready for limited action in Sunday's NFC championship.

Haley is expected to be used in passing situations against Green Bay.

WOODSON PRACTICES: Rod Woodson practiced for the first time since seriously injuring his right knee in September, but no one was saying if he might play in Sunday's AFC championship against Indianapolis.


AP'S MALE, FEMALE: Cal Ripken Jr., who remained humble while breaking one of baseball's most hallowed records, was an overwhelming choice as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for 1995.

Ripken, who broke Lou Gehrig's mark of 2,130 consecutive games on Sept. 6, received 192 of 331 first-place ballots in voting by writers and broadcasters. The Baltimore shortstop outdistanced Atlanta pitcher Greg Maddux, who had 47 first-place votes.

Rebecca Lobo, who led Connecticut to the NCAA women's basketball title and a 35-0 record, was selected Female Athlete of the Year. She received 94 first-place votes and 774 points to edge tennis player Monica Seles, who had 600 points.

USOC HONOREES: Sprinter Michael Johnson and skier Picabo Street were honored as USOC's 1995 sportsman and sportswoman.

Johnson, who also won the award in 1993, won both the 200 and 400 meters in the world track championships. Street became the first U.S. skier to win the World Cup downhill title.


TRADE: The Montreal Expos traded infielder Wil Cordero to the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Rheal Cormier.

Boston also gets left-hander Brian Eversgerd, while sending minor-leaguers Shayne Bennett and Ryan McGuire to Montreal.


BIDS TO HOST: Athens, Greece; Cape Town, South Africa; and Rome were among a record 11 cities who submitted bids for the 2004 Olympics at Lausanne, Switzerland.

The three were joined by Buenos Aires, Argentina; Istanbul, Turkey; Lille, France; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Seville, Spain; Stockholm, Sweden, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

The IOC will select the site on Sept. 5, 1997.

MURDOCH EYES EUROPE: Shut out by NBC in the United States, Rupert Murdoch is offering a reported $2 billion for European broadcast rights to the first five Olympics of the next century.

The IOC confirmed a consortium backed by Murdoch's News Corp. submitted a bid to secure exclusive European television coverage of the Games between 2000 and 2008.


KJUS INJURED: World Cup leader Lasse Kjus of Norway sustained a severe concussion in a fall in downhill practice at Kitzbeuehel, Austria, that could jeopardize his chances for the title.


UMASS SWIMMER DIES: A star swimmer for the University of Massachusetts died of a heart attack after collapsing during a meet. Greg Menton, a 20-year-old junior from Dundee, Ore., was pronounced dead about an hour after being stricken, said Kathleen Dalton, administrative coordinator at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Menton collapsed about 10 minutes after he finished the 50-and 100-yard freestyles.