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CONE SIDELINED: David Cone, the New York Yankees pitcher hospitalized with an aneurysm in his right shoulder, is likely to be sidelined at least a month, and possibly the rest of the season.

SURGERY FOR LANGSTON: Mark Langston, the California Angels' most effective starter this season, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to be sidelined as long as two months.

Football

COACHES CLINIC: The annual Utah Football Coaches Association clinic is set for Friday and Saturday at the Fred House Academy in Bluffdale. Featured speakers include San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Greg Brown and national champion coach Don Read of Montana. The gathering, which costs $25, is open to the public. Registration begins at 5 p.m. For more information call Rick Bojak at 561-7435.

IRVIN ASSOCIATE SWORN IN: A onetime associate of Michael Irvin whose clandestine tape purports to show Irvin in possession of cocaine was sworn in as a potential witness in the Dallas Cowboys receiver's pending drug case.

State District Judge Manny Alvarez swore in Dennis Pedini, 31, and instructed him to abide by a gag order in the case.

The move does not bar Fort Worth's KXAS-TV from broadcasting footage that purports to show Irvin discussing cocaine buys and use. Irvin is scheduled to stand trial June 24.

NCAA CERTIFIES BOWLS: The NCAA has certified 19 bowl games, including the first one to be played on foreign soil.

The third-place finisher in the Pac-10 will play an at-large team in Auckland, New Zealand, in the Haka Bowl on Dec. 26.

Basketball

NEW SIXERS G.M.: Brad Greenberg, former Portland Trail Blazers vice president of player personnel, is the Philadelphia 76ers new general manager and vice president of basketball operations. John Lucas, the previous general manager and vice president of basketball operations, remains as coach. The 76ers were 18-64 last season.

Tennis

ITALIAN OPEN: Nine years after winning the Italian Open in her lone appearance, top-seeded Steffi Graf beat Alexia Dechaume-Balleret 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in the second round of the tournament.

Conchita Martinez, the No. 2 seed and three-time defending champion, routed No. 12 Sandrine Testud 6-0, 6-1 in a third-round match. No. 7 Irina Spirlea also advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Krina Habsudova 6-4, 6-2.

U.S. CLAY COURT: Fernando Meligeni staved off five match points in the second set, then routed second-seeded Todd Woodbridge in the third to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Clay Court Championships.

Meligeni, who will face Patrick Rafter, won the final six games of the match for a 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 victory. Rafter beat Jared Palmer 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. Mats Wilander also advanced, beating Gullaume Raoux 6-1, 6-2.

GERMAN OPEN: Top-seeded Boris Becker beat Emilio Alvarez 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round of the clay-court tournament.

In other matches, Carl-Uwe Steeb upset No. 2 Goran Ivanisevic 6-3, 6-4 and No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov beat Stefano Pescosolido 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).

Archery

BARRS WINS: Salt Lake City's Jay Barrs won his eighth career U.S. Field Archery Championship this month in the men's recurve (Olympic) bow event. It was his sixth consecutive U.S. Field title.

Kevin Eldredge of Roosevelt was second in the men's compound bow event, and Janet Barrs of Salt Lake City was second in the women's recruve.

Top three finishers represent the U.S. at the 1996 World Field Championships next month in Slovenia.

Horse racing

UNBRIDLED'S SONG TO REST: Unbridled's Song will probably skip next Saturday's Preakness, according to a published report, although track officials said they had not heard a final decision from the colt's handlers.

Hockey

SHARKS SIGN NOLAN: Right wing Owen Nolan, who led San Jose with 61 points this past season, signed a multiyear contract with the Sharks. Nolan, 23, acquired from Colorado on Oct. 26 for defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh, finished with 33 goals, 29 in 72 games with the Sharks. Details of the contract were not released.