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Iverson goes pro

WASHINGTON - All-America sophomore Allen Iverson became the first player under coach John Thompson to leave Georgetown early for the NBA.

The guard said his decision boiled done to money. He revealed that he had a year-old daughter living in his hometown of Hampton, Va., and said his 4-year-old sister had been having seizures.

Speculation had been rife that Iverson would leave - he has recently been driving a $130,000 Mercedes on loan from a dealer, an apparent violation of NCAA rules. He averaged 24.7 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals season.

Curses! Phil is fined

NEW YORK - Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Phil Esposito has been fined by the NHL for cursing a reporter.

The league confirmed the disciplinary action, but would not disclose the amount of the fine. It is believed to be $10,000, the maximum allowed.

The incident between Esposito and Asbury Park (N.J.) Press reporter Kisha Ciabattari occurred last Thursday night after the Lightning lost Game 5 of their first-round series against Philadelphia.

Early Derby odds

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Unbridled's Song, the tenderfooted Kentucky Derby favorite, had a fast workout in the early-morning rain then drew the outside post in the field of 20 3-year-olds.

Unbridled's Song, winner of the Florida Derby and Wood Memorial, was made the early 8-5 favorite for Saturday's race, followed by Skip Away at 7-2 and the Overbrook Farm entry of Editor's Note and Grindstone at 6-1.