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ISINGHAUSEN'S TESTS: The New York Mets won't discuss a published report that a spot has been detected on pitcher Jason Isringhausen's lung.The New York Times reported today that the spot was found and more tests have been ordered for Isringhausen, who developed chest pains over the weekend. The report was based on unidentified sources.

General manager Joe McIlvaine said the team had no medical reports on Isringhausen, who is being tested in New York.

IRABU DEAL APPROVED: Baseball's ruling executive council voted to approve the New York Yankees' acquisition of negotiating rights to Hideki Irabu.

However, the Japanese pitcher and the Yankees still cannot negotiate until the deal is approved by Japan's commissioner's office.


WASHINGTON SIGNS OTTON: The Washington Redskins signed former University of Southern California and Weber State University quarterback Brad Otton to a free agent contract.

Otton compiled a 16-7-1 record as the Trojans' starter and his 216 consecutive passes attempted without an interception is a Pacific-10 Conference and school record. As a senior, the 6-foot-6, 235-pound Otton completed 196-of-370 passes for 2,649 yards and 20 touchdowns.


NHL INVESTIGATES ATTACK: The NHL is investigating an incident in which Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek attacked a writer Friday night.

Hasek, who apologized to Buffalo News reporter Jim Kelley, apparently was angry about a column questioning the severity of a knee injury that has sidelined the goalie since Game 3 of the playoff series against Ottawa.

U.S. DOWNS NORWAY: Ted Donato, Donald Brashear and Michael Sullivan scored goals as the United States beat Norway 3-1 to improve to 2-0 in Pool B play in the world championships in Turku, Finland. The United States and Sweden share first place in six-team group with four points each.


AT&T CHALLENGE: Rain forced the suspension of play in the AT&T Challenge, one of just three U.S. clay-court events. Defending champion Michael Chang was scheduled to begin play today against Fernando Meligeni at Duluth, Ga.

BMW OPEN: Top-seeded Thomas Enqvist of Sweden beat Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the BMW Open in Munich, Germany. Australia's Mark Philippoussis beat Germany's Alexander Radulescu 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5).

CROATIAN OPEN: Christina Brandi of Bradenton, Fla., beat Noelle Van Lottum of France 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of the Croatian Open at Bol, Croatia.


WILSON DROPS DALY DEAL: In barely a month, John Daly lost his sobriety, his wife and his main endorsement deal, the final blow coming on his 31st birthday.

Daly, who emerged as a superstar when he won the 1991 PGA Championship, signed a 10-year deal with Wilson Golf in 1994 that reportedly paid him between $1 million and $3 million a year, depending on incentive clauses.

All that ended when Wilson broke the contract a month after the long-hitting winner of the 1995 British Open re-entered alcohol rehab following his withdrawal from The Player Championship the morning after a drinking binge landing Daly in a hospital.

GREEN FACES SUSPENSION: Ken Green faces a 90-day suspension and $5,000 in fines because of alleged misconduct this season, including a public verbal attack on a fellow player, the Palm Beach Post reported.


GENDER EQUITY: While gaining in their long race for equality in college sports, women are still at least 10 years away from pulling even with men, NCAA executive director Cedric Dempsey said.

According to an NCAA study, women's programs made gains in several areas between 1992 and 1996, including expenditures, coaches' salaries and scholarships. In the some 300 Division I schools, women had an increase of 6 percent in total participation, while men declined nearly 10 percent.

The survey showed that in 1996, Division I schools had an average of 225.6 male athletes and 129.6 female - a women's increase of 18 per school from 1992. Much of the discrepancy is due to football.

Track and field

NOON SUSPENDED: Brent Noon, a three-time NCAA shot put champion at Georgia, was suspended for four years by USA Track & Field after testing positive for a banned drug. The out-of-competition test, performed March 18, 1996, turned up traces of the steroid methandieone.

Auto racing

WINSTON WASHED OUT: Rain washed out the Winston 500 for the second straight day, and NASCAR officials rescheduled the Talladega, Ala., race for May 10 - the next open weekend for the Winston Cup cars.


LEVEL 10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Five youngsters from Sandy's 3-year-old Olympus School of Gymnastics and one from Draper's Bailies' Gymnastics will participate in the 1997 Level 10 national championships Friday through Monday at Disney World athletics complex near Orlando, Fla. They qualified at the Region 1 meet in Santa Barbara, Calif., earlier this month by placing in the top 14 in each age division against other gymnasts from Utah, California, Arizona and Nevada.

Mindy Hilton, 17, of Bailies joins the Olympus five in vying for national titles. The five from Olympus are 17-year-olds Britnee Bowden and Michelle Waldram; Taryn Apgood, 16; Jacey Draper, 11; and Dayna Smart, 12. Only one other Region 1 team (from San Jose, Calif.) placed more qualifiers in the national meet.

High schools

PREECE PASSES: Former Uintah coach Dennis Preece, who won eight wrestling and one golf state championship between 1965-1977 at the Vernal school, died Friday after suffering a stroke. He was 57.