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JOHNSON WITHDRAWS: Michael Johnson has withdrawn from Sunday's Prefontaine Classic track and field meet because of a sore right hamstring.

The soreness developed after Johnson's close 200-meter victory Saturday over Mike Marsh in the Atlanta Grand Prix.

Johnson, who hopes to become the first runner to win gold medals in the 200 and 400 in the same Olympics, was scheduled to run the 400 in Eugene.

"With the Olympic Trials only 21/2 weeks away, all of the potential Olympians have to be cautious," meet director Tom Jordan said Thursday. "While the Prefontaine Classic is one of the important meets of the year, we understand that the biggest events are still to come."

BOXING: The U.S. Olympic boxing team won five of six three-round decisions against its German counterparts Thursday night in its next-to-last tune up for the Olympics.

Super heavyweight Lawrence Clay-Bey of Hartford, Conn., defeated Rene Monse 16-7 in the featured bout. German middleweight Sven Ottke beat Rhoshii Wells of Riverdale, Calif., 8-6.

In other bouts, flyweight Eric Morel of Madison, Wis., edged Zoltan Lunka 17-8; bantamweight Zahir Raheem of Philadelphia beat Dirk Kruger 9-6; lightweight Terrance Cauthen of Philadelphia defeated Kay Huste 12-5; and welterweight Fernando Vargas of Oxnard, Calif., beat Enrico Thormann 15-8.

RECRUITING SECURITY: The Clinton administration plans to recruit 1,000 Atlanta-area federal workers who aren't involved in law enforcement to help provide security for the Olympics.

Tennis

MUSTER'S HEALING: Thomas Muster, forced to withdraw from an ATP Tour event because of an ankle injury, is expected to be at full strength next week when he begins his title defense in the French Open.

SELES INJURED: Monica Seles' plans to play the French Open were jeopardized when a recurrence of pain in her left shoulder forced her to withdraw from the Madrid Open.

A day after her first match since February, Seles said the shoulder she injured en route to her Australian Open triumph hurt once again. She was scheduled to play Irina Spirlea, who withdrew because of a foot injury.

WORLD TEAM CUP: The United States, with Pete Sampras sidelined by back spasms, beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the World Team Cup at Dusseldorf, Germany.

STRASBOURG OPEN: Judith Wiesner upset top-seeded Anke Huber 7-5, 6-1 in the Strasbourg Open to advance to the semifinal match with defending champion Lindsay Davenport. Davenport beat Nathalie Tauziat 6-1, 6-4.

WORLD DOUBLES CUP: Top-seeded Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva beat Elena Makarova and Eugenia Maniokova 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the World Doubles Cup.

Baseball

NO CHARGES FOR PHILLIPS: Chicago White Sox outfielder Tony Phillips won't face criminal charges for punching a heckler last week in Milwaukee.

Instead, Phillips and the fan, Chris Hovorka, 23, of Racine, were cited for disorderly conduct and ordered to pay $287 each. The county charges, similar to speeding tickets, don't carry jail time.

JUSTICE HAS SURGERY: Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice underwent three hours of surgery to repair a damaged right shoulder.

Basketball

HORNETS TO HIRE COWENS: Dave Cowens will be hired as coach of the Charlotte Hornets next week, according to a published report.

Cowens, 47, the Hall of Fame center for the Boston Celtics and now an assistant coach with San Antonio, confirmed he has been offered the job, The Charlotte Observer reported today. Cowens would replace Allan Bristow, fired April 23 after five seasons.

Football

FSU DISMISSES PROSPECT: One of Florida State's top prospects, freshman receiver Randy Moss, was dismissed from the team, a week after admitting he smoked marijuana in violation of his probation.

Moss failed a drug test earlier this month in West Virginia, where he was completing a 30-day jail sentence for a battery conviction. His work-release status was revoked last week and Moss could face a year in jail if found guilty of violating his probation.

HEARST INKS DEAL: Arizona Cardinals running back Garrison Hearst signed a one-year year contract for $2 million. Hearst will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, unless he is able to negotiate a new deal.

Golf

SHORT GAME: The Utah Short Game Championship will be held at Golf in the Round (600 W. 3300 South) on Memorial Day weekend. Qualifying will be held Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. with Championship Match Play on Monday. There are 11 flights for men and women in the chipping and putting contest. Call 973-2345 for more information.

BENEFIT TOURNAMENT: The Bob Reeves Memorial golf tournament is set for June 5 at Glenmoor Golf Course. This year's American Cancer Society event features a special "Coaches Against Cancer" format, featuring University of Utah football coach Ron McBride, Utah State coach John L. Smith, Weber State coach Dave Arslanian and former BYU assistant Dick Felt. Host Club Ninety will present awards and prizes at a dinner immediately after the tournament. Other sponsors include Academy Sports and Coca Cola. For more information contact Randy Snyder at Club NInety, 566-3254 or Rick Spohn of the American Cancer Society at 483-1500.

Auto racing

COCA-COLA 600: Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt were among 16 drivers held out of practice for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 after NASCAR inspectors found inferior tubing in their cars' roll cages.

The same discovery prompted officials to temporarily bar another eight Busch Grand National drivers from practicing for Saturday's Red Dog 300. The diameter of the tubing in question was within two-hundredths of an inch of meeting the sanctioning body's requirements.