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BARGAINING SESSION: Players and owners were scheduled to meet today for another bargaining session, and a person familiar with the negotiations said there had been some progress in recent talks.

PADRES, TIGERS TRADE: The free-falling San Diego Padres traded catcher Brad Ausmus and shortstop Andujar Cedeno to the Detroit Tigers for shortstop Chris Gomez and catcher John Flaherty.


NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who helped lead the Florida Panthers into the Stanley Cup finals, headed the NHL All-Rookie team announced Tuesday. Also selected in voting by the Professional Hockey Association were Vancouver goalie Corey Hirsch, Boston defenseman Kyle McLaren, and forwards Daniel Alfredsson of Ottawa, Eric Daze of Chicago and Peter Sykora of New Jersey.


TEXAS TECH FRAUD: A former Texas Tech football player told the NCAA an assistant coach and academic counselor helped him cheat on a correspondence course at Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God in 1993, the Houston Chronicle reported today.

Stephen Gaines, a starting defensive lineman in 1992 and 1993, said he described for the NCAA how he received final-exam answers and other course work through the Texas Tech athletic department.

WALKER RELEASED: Running back Herschel Walker, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Georgia and fourth on the NFL's career list in all-purpose yardage with 15,881, was released by the New York Giants.


EUROPEAN CUP: Patrick Kluivert's late goal in a 4-1 loss to England was a lot more than just a token reply for the Dutch soccer team. It got them into the last eight of the European soccer championship.

It's not many times a goal in a 4-1 defeat deserves wild celebration. But it was enough to eliminate the Scots, who appeared on their way to the quarterfinals for the first time by beating Switzerland 1-0 at Villa Park, Birmingham.

While England celebrated earning the top place in Group A and a quarterfinal match at Wembley against Spain, the Dutch and Scots wound up second. The Dutch advanced because they scored more goals.

Now the Dutch have a tough quarterfinal against Group B winner France, which extended its unbeaten streak to 25 games by downing Bulgaria 3-1 at St. James' Park, Newcastle. With Spain edging Romania 2-1 at Elland Road, the Bulgarians, who reached the World Cup semifinals in the United States two years ago, went out of the competition.

Ally McCoist scored Scotland's first goal of the championship, but it wasn't enough to put the team through, despite the victory over Switzerland.

For France, defender Laurent Blanc scored in the 20th minute before he forced an own goal by Bulgarian striker Luboslav Penev in the 63rd minute. Substitute Patrice Loko scored in the final minute.


WEBER OPEN: Clay-court star Thomas Muster, still fuming over his low Wimbledon seeding, beat Tomas Carbonell 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open grass-court tournament. Muster, ranked No. 2 in the world, was seeded seventh in the Grand Slam grass-court tournament.


COSTAS INKS NEW DEAL: NBC Sports signed Bob Costas to a six-year contract extension, through the year 2002. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Track and field

AGGIE ALL-AMERICAN: Utah State University track and field star J'Dee Wilson has been named Team Member of the Year and a member of the 15-person GTE Academic All-America University-Division first team for spring sports, chosen by the nation's 1,300 college sports information directors (CoSIDA). Wilson, a senior from Pocatello, Idaho, is a biology/pre-med major with a 4.0 grade average.