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HARNISCH SUSPENDED: New York Mets pitcher Pete Harnisch was suspended for eight games and coach Steve Swisher for two for their actions in Saturday's brawl with the Chicago Cubs.

NL president Len Coleman also fined the pair and nine others, with the fines ranging from $350 to $1,000. The players' association appealed Harnisch's suspension, and he will remain eligible to play pending a hearing.

WETTELEND WANTS FREEDOM: The players' association has asked baseball's independent arbitrator to make reliever John Wetteland a free agent, accusing the New York Yankees of paying only half his salary this season.

The grievance, filed with management's Player Relations Committee on May 7, says the Yankees in April paid Wetteland based on a $2 million annual salary rather than the $4 million agreed to Feb. 13.

MCLAIN ARRAIGNED: Denny McLain, a 31-game winner for the Detroit Tigers in 1968, was arraigned on federal charges of conspiracy, theft of pension plan money, mail fraud and money laundering.

McLain, 52, former business partner Roger Smigiel and their financial adviser Jeffrey A. Egan are accused of transferring more than $12 million of Peet Packing Co. pension plan money to Michigan National Bank, then converting $3 million of that for personal and company use.

BUZZ HONORS: Salt Lake outfielder-first baseman Brent Brede has been named the PCL player of the week, following teammate Todd Walker who earned the honor the preivous week. Brede hit .533 (16-for-30) with two doubles, a triple, a home run and 10 RBI in six games, raising his average from .326 to .360.


6TH MAN AWARD: Toni Kukoc of the Chicago Bulls won the NBA Sixth Man Award, receiving 45 of 113 votes from a media panel.

Kukoc, a 6-foot-11 forward from Croatia averaged 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 81 games, 61 off the bench.

SURGERY FOR SABONIS: Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Sabonis, 31, is expected to recover in time to play for Lithuania in the Olympic Games.


FAVRE ADMITS ADDICTION: A seizure made Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre accept the hard truth that he is addicted to prescription pain medication.

Favre, the NFL's most valuable player last season, revealed that he became dependent on drugs from his many injuries and operations.

Favre said he sought help under the league's substance abuse policy and decided to voluntarily enter a drug treatment facility after sustaining a seizure while in the hospital for ankle surgery in February.


JETS FIRE SIMPSON: In one of their last acts in Winnipeg, the Jets fired coach Terry Simpson, saying they want to "move in a different direction" next season as the Phoenix Coyotes.

Simpson, who had a year left on his contract, directed the Jets to a 36-40-6 record this season and was 43-46-7 overall with the team. He previously coached the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers.

- Phil Esposito signed a three-year contract to remain general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.


GERMAN OPEN: Top-ranked Steffi Graf, upset last week in the Italian Open by Swiss teen Martina Hingis, routed Tami Whitlinger-Jones 6-1, 6-2 in the second round of the German Open. Hingis, 15, beat Jolene Watanabe 6-3, 6-0.

- Top-seeded Thomas Muster of Austria routed countryman Herbert Wiltschnig 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the Italian Open.

- Vince Spadea upset fifth-seeded Karim Alami of Morocco 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the America's Red Clay Championship.

PREP TENNIS: Rowland Hall-St. Mark's seeks its seventh consecutive boys tennis title Friday at the combined 2A/1A state meet at Brigham Young University. The Winged Lions, who dominated the 1A ranks, will battle defending 2A champion Grantsville for top honors. Plays begins at 9 a.m. at the outdoor courts adjacent to the Smith Fieldhouse. On Saturday, Dixie puts its two-year title reign on the line when the 3A competition invades the BYU facility.


WINTERTON FINISHES FIRST: Bart Winterton of Roosevelt finished first in the boys' compound bow competition during last weekend's national trials in Salt Lake City. He qualified for the U.S. team to compete in July at the 1996 Junior World Championships in Chula Vista, Calif.


UTAH SUCCESS: Cole Sanderson of Wasatch High won the 138.5-pound weight class at the Junior World Team Greco Roman Trials in Atlanta. He defeated Brandon McNabb of Wisconsin 5-0 in the finals. Sanderson will now represent the United States at the World Championships in Poland in August. Other Utahns that placed in Georgia include: Cael Sanderson (second at 163 in Greco Roman and freestyle); Wasatch teammate Derek Jones (third at 101 in Greco Roman) and Uintah's Ryan Lewis (third at 101 in freestyle).