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IVERSON DECISION: Allen Iverson is expected to disclose his NBA plans today, and the Georgetown star is likely to become the first player in coach John Thompson's 24 years to leave early for the pros.

Iverson, who has two years of eligibility left, has been driving a $130,000 Mercedes on loan from a dealer since early April, an apparent violation of NCAA rules that would come into play should he decide to return.

LEWIS' WIDOW SUES: The wife of the late Reggie Lewis sued the team of cardiologists that said the Boston Celtics star eventually could return to basketball after he collapsed during a playoff game.

Donna Harris-Lewis claims in a suit filed in Suffolk Superior Court that Dr. Gilbert Mudge Jr. of Brigham and Women's Hospital and three associates were negligent in telling Lewis he could play again.

Lewis collapsed during an April 29, 1993, playoff game in Boston Garden and died three months later.

NASH RESIGNS: John Nash, who worked for six years to build the Washington Bullets into an playoff team, abruptly resigned as general manager without ever realizing his goal.

Nash offered no reason for his sudden departure and gave no indication as to his plans for the immediate future. Nash, 49, came to the Bullets after serving in the same capacity with the Philadelphia 76ers.

MILLER A FREE AGENT: Oliver Miller has filed for his free agency, leaving the Toronto Raptors with an unexpected $2.5 million windfall.

Miller exercised a right in his contract to declare himself a free agent a day after the NBA season ended. The team can use the $2.5 million he was to be paid next season on free agents.

MASSIMINO HIRED: Rollie Massimino, who coached Villanova to an NCAA championship but faltered as Jerry Tarkanian's successor at UNLV, was hired as the coach at Cleveland State.

Massimino, 61, who is returning to coaching after a two-year absence, replaces Mike Boyd, who resigned March 25. Massimino signed a four-year contract that will pay him a base salary of $100,000 a year.

Football

OILERS MOVE: NFL owners voted 23-6 to allow the Houston Oilers to move to Nashville, Tenn., for the 1998 season.

The Oilers will remain in Houston for two years, playing out their Astrodome lease while a 65,000-seat stadium is built in Nashville.

The Oilers will be leaving the city where they were founded in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. It marked yet another franchise shift in a league in which six other teams have relocated since 1982 - three in the past year alone.

PARCELLS RENEGOTIATES: New England Patriots coach Bill Parcells has renegotiated his contract so that it will expire after the 1996 season instead of 1997, ESPN reported.

The move is another indication of growing discord between Parcells and Patriots owner Bob Kraft, and could clear the way for Parcells to land another job after next season.

BLADES PLEA: Seattle Seahawks receiver Brian Blades pleaded no contest to a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of his cousin in a July 5 shooting.

Blades, a former University of Miami star, was charged with shooting Charles Blades the head with a 38-caliber semiautomatic handgun at the player's home. A sentencing hearing was set for May 28.

FALCONS SIGN MATHIS: Terance Mathis, who has caught 189 passes for 2,381 yards for Atlanta, signed a four-year contract with the Falcons.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Mathis who came to the Falcons in 1994 as a free agent from the New York Jets.

Tennis

AT&T CHALLENGE: Jimmy Connors, at age 43 making one of his infrequent appearances on the ATP Tour, lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to Richey Reneberg in the first round of the AT&T Challenge in Atlanta. Top-seeded Michael Chang, seeking his third consecutive AT&T title, beat qualifier Michael Sell 6-3, 6-4.

- In Munich, Germany, top-seeded Thomas Muster extended his winning streak on clay to 36 matches, routing Stefano Pescosolido 6-1, 6-1 to reach the second round of the BMW Open. Second-seeded Boris Becker also advanced, beating Francisco Roig 6-4, 6-4.

- In Prague, Czech Republic, second-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov beat David Skoch 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Czech Open.

Hockey

U.S. WINS: Parris Duffus made 29 saves and Chris Tancill scored the winning goal as the United States beat Sweden 3-2 in Vienna, Austria, to give the Americans a shot at their first world championship medal in 34 years.

Chris Luongo and Dan Plante also scored for the United States, which will face the winner of today's quarterfinal between Germany and the Czech Republic in Friday's semifinals. Canada, which beat Finland 3-1, will play the winner of today's game between Russia and Italy.

Horse racing

UNBRIDLED'S SONG: While Unbridled's Song remained in the Kentucky Derby picture, the colt might not start Saturday because of a left front hoof and heel problem.

Entries must be made by 5 p.m. EDT today, with post-position draw to be held at about 6:15 p.m. Unbridled's Song was given a Z-bar shoe to enable the injured heel to be treated more easily.

Baseball

AAA ALL-STAR TICKETS: Tickets for the 1996 Triple-A All-Star Game, scheduled for July 10 at Franklin Quest Field went on sale today. Tickets are available at the Franklin Quest box office, any Smith's Tix location or by calling 467-8499 (locally) or 1-800-888-8499.

Prices are $12 for field level, $10 for club level with general reserved prices set at $8 for adults, $7 for students or seniors and $6 for children 12 and under.

NIPPER DEMOTED: Struggling to recover from the worst start in franchise history, the Boston Red Sox demoted pitching coach Al Nipper and replaced him with Sammy Ellis - their fifth pitching coach in two years. Nipper will take over Ellis' job as coordinator of minor league pitching.