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Football

SURGERY FOR AIKMAN: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow next week to relieve pain caused by degenerative arthritis and other problems with his passing arm.

WARREN'S NEW DEAL: Chris Warren has reached a tentative agreement with the Seattle Seahawks on a $10 million, three-year contract, making him one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL.

Warren, second in the AFC in rushing with 1,346 yards in 1995, would have become an unrestricted free agent Feb. 17.

STEELERS FIRE ERHARDT: Only days after Neil O'Donnell's three interceptions doomed the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl, offensive coordinator Ron Erhardt's contract was not renewed.

Tight ends coach Pat Hodgson, once a New York Giants assistant coach with Erhardt, also is out and receivers coach Chan Gailey probably will be promoted to offensive coordinator.

Basketball

WEBBER ENDS SEASON: Washington Bullets forward Chris Webber put an end to his most frustrating season by undergoing surgery on his left shoulder.

Webber, who signed a six-year, $57 million contract before the season, had been playing in pain since he dislocated his shoulder in a game against Golden State in December 1994. The third-year star appeared in only 15 games this season, averaging a team-high 23 points and eight rebounds.

The rehabilitation process is expected to take around six months.

SUNS ACTIVATE MANNING: Forward Danny Manning, sidelined nearly a year with a knee injury, was activated by the Phoenix Suns and is expected to play tonight at Cleveland.

Manning, who signed with Phoenix as an unrestricted free agent in September 1994, has been out since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during practice last Feb. 6.

MARCIULIONIS OUT: The slumping Sacramento Kings will be without guard Sarunas Marciulionis for at least five games.

- In Chicago, the Chicago Bulls, on pace to break the NBA record for victories in a season, put starting center Luc Longley on the injured list Thursday because of a a ligament sprain in his left knee.

Baseball

COUNTERPROPOSAL: Baseball players might make their long-awaited counterproposal to owners next week.

The sides might meet Tuesday or Wednesday in New York, according to an official familiar with the talks who spoke on the condition he not be identified. Union head Donald Fehr said the counteroffer was close to completion, but wouldn't commit to a definite date next week.

Owners made a proposal Nov. 15, their first offer since March 27.

BELCHER IN K.C.: Free agent Tim Belcher, who pitched in the playoffs for Seattle last season, agreed to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals for $975,000.

Left-hander Chris Haney, who had filed for salary arbitration, settled by agreeing to a $500,000, one-year deal, a raise of $280,000.

- And in Phoenix, the Arizona Diamondbacks signed a Cuban right-handers Larry Rodriguez and Vladimir Nunez, hoping they might be ready for the majors when the expansion team begins play in 1998.

Golf

PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM: Justin Leonard, who just missed his first victory last week in a playoff, shot a 5-under-par 67 for a share of the first-round lead with John Elliott in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Leonard, who lost to Phil Mickelson on the third extra hole in the Phoenix Open, played at Poppy Hills and Elliott opened at Pebble Beach.

Fuzzy Zoeller, Joey Sindelar, Jeff Maggert, Lee Rinker, Woody Austin, Loren Roberts, Craig Stadler, Tom Purtzer, Steve Jurgensen, Mike Springer, Franklin Langham were a stroke back at 68. Nick Faldo shot a 69 and defending champion Peter Jacobsen and Mickelson, who also won the Nortel Open, were five back after 72s.

HEINEKEN OPEN: Australia's Wayne Smith, the runner-up the last two years, birdied three of the final four holes for a 6-under-par 66 and a share of first-round lead in the Heineken Classic in Perth, Australia.

New Zealand's Greg Turner also opened the PGA European Tour-Australasian PGA Tour event with a 66 on The Vines course and Canada's Rick Gibson shot a 67. John Daly was five back at 71 and playing partner Greg Norman shot a 73.

Boxing

TYSON'S NEW DATE: Mike Tyson has a new fight date, and Nevada regulators have new plans to prevent the scheduling of major fights on the same night.

Tyson's promoter, Don King, wasted no time in asking for a June 22 date for a heavyweight title unification fight in light of a new regulation by the Nevada Athletic Commission on fight scheduling.

The fight at the MGM Grand hotel-casino would reportedly match Tyson against either WBA champion Bruce Seldon or whoever holds the disputed IBF crown at the time. Tyson, however, must first beat WBC champion Frank Bruno in their March 16 fight at the MGM Grand.

Skiing

WORLD CUP: In Val D'Isere, France, Germany's Katja Seizinger won her fourth World Cup title of the season today, beating Austria's Renate Goetschl by 0.26 seconds in a super-giant slalom.

Seizinger, who won her 21st career title and ninth in super-G, finished the 34-gate, 1,673-foot Oreiller-Killy course in 1 minute, 11.32 seconds. She took the lead in the super-G standings and moved within four points of Austria's Anita Wachter in the overall standings.