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LOOKING FOR SHARPE: An arrest warrant has been issued for former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Luis Sharpe, who vanished between drug treatment programs in Phoenix.

Sharpe, 36, was placed on three years' probation last month for attempting to assault a police officer and possessing a crack-cocaine pipe.

The sentence followed a series of arrests for drug possession, assault and trespassing. Sharpe also was shot several months ago while being robbed.

Horse racing

ARLINGTON CHALLENGE: Arlington Park chairman Richard Duchossois announced that Cigar's owner, Allen Paulson, and trainer, Bill Mott, have accepted an invitation for the horse to run in the 11/8-mile Arlington Citation Challenge on July 13 in Chicago.

The special race will offer a $750,000 purse, with a $300,000 bonus for the winner if Cigar runs. If he does not run, the purse will drop to $300,000. The 6-year-old Cigar will try to match Citation's modern thoroughbred record of 16 consecutive victories.

Cigar had to pass up the Hollywood Gold Cup because of a bruised right front foot. The race will be run under allowance-type conditions, with Cigar carrying 130 pounds.


SETTLES STAYING: Jess Settles, a first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, said he will withdraw his name from Wednesday's NBA draft and return to the University of Iowa for his senior season.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward averaged 15.1 points and 7.5 rebounds a game for the Hawkeyes, who went 23-9 last season and earned their first NCAA tournament berth in three years.


FOSCHI BANNED: Jessica Foschi, the 15-year-old New York swimmer who tested positive for steroids last summer, was banned from competition for two years.

FINA, the sport's international governing body, ruled following a decision by U.S. swim authorities to place Foschi on two years' probation after concluding she didn't knowingly take the banned substance.

The suspension will be backdated to Aug. 4, 1995, when Foschi failed her drug test during the U.S. championships in Pasadena, Calif.

Foschi failed to qualify for the Olympics during the U.S. trials in March.


IRVIN MUST STAND TRIAL: Dallas Cowboys star receiver Michael Irvin must stand trial on drug charges, a judge ruled in rejecting several motions to have evidence suppressed and the indictment thrown out.

Criminal District Court Judge Manny Alvarez ruled on the defense motions after a daylong hearing. However, he also has issued a gag order preventing all parties in the case from talking.

Irvin's trial was set to begin Tuesday with jury selection. He could receive up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Irvin, 30, Jasmine Jennipher Nabwangu, 22, and Angela Renee Beck, 21, were indicted April 1 on cocaine and marijuana charges arising from a police search of the Irving hotel room in which they were having a party.

FORTAY SATISFIED: Bryan Fortay, who sued the University of Miami over what he claims were broken promises to make him the starting quarterback, settled with the school.

The school issued a release saying both sides "have resolved their differences on terms mutually satisfactory to all parties, and all claims are dismissed."

Fortay charged in the $10 million federal lawsuit that coach Dennis Erickson reneged on a promise to make him the starting quarterback. Gino Torretta got the job and went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1992.


STRAWBERRY MISSES DEADLINE: Darryl Strawberry missed a deadline for paying $300,000 in overdue child and spousal support, prompting a court commissioner to set a July 5 trial date for the eight-time All-Star.

Strawberry, 34, who is playing for the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League, is charged with "willful failure to provide," a misdemeanor. He could be sent to jail for a year if convicted.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Mark Goldman said Strawberry agreed in April to pay $300,000 to his ex-wife Lisa to avoid criminal prosecution.

Milton Grimes, Strawberry's attorney, acknowledged his client agreed to pay $300,000, but his current $2,000-a-month salary is not sufficient to meet his obligation.

ALL-STAR GAME: Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox led all American League first baseman in balloting in his bid for a fourth straight All-Star Game appearance.

Other leading vote-getters at their positions were Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez; Baltimore second baseman Roberto Alomar; Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken; New York third baseman Wade Boggs; and outfielders Ken Griffey Jr. of Seattle and Albert Belle and Kenny Lofton of Cleveland.

PLAYERS OF WEEK: Milwaukee's Greg Vaughn, who had five homers and 10 RBIs, won the American League player of the week award.

Colorado's Ellis Burks, who had six homers in six games, was selected National League player of the week. Burks, also NL player of the week May 13-19, was 11-for-26 with a 1.115 slugging percentage and nine RBIs.


BASEBALL TEAM WINS: Clemson's Matt LeCroy hit two home runs and added a single Monday night as Team USA routed Japan 17-7 on Monday night in Fort Mill, S.C., to extend its winning streak to 36 games.

SOCCER VICTORY: Clint Peay scored on a 28-yard kick past goalkeeper Paul Evans as the U.S. men's Olympic soccer team defeated South Africa 2-0 in Richmond, Va., Monday night in a match delayed two hours by lightning.