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ANGELS HAVEN'T OFFERED CONTRACT TO HERNANDEZ: Responding to reports that Cuban defector Orlando Hernandez is about to sign a contract with the Anaheim Angels, general manager Bill Bavasi said Friday the team hasn't even made the pitcher an offer.

ERSTAD SIGNS: First baseman Darin Erstad, the first overall selection in the 1995 free-agent draft, has agreed to a $7.5 million, four-year contract with the Anaheim Angels.


PANTHERS, GREENE AGREE: Free-agent linebacker Kevin Greene and the Carolina Panthers made up from a bitter contract battle preceding the 1997 season and agreed to new contract terms Friday night.

`BIG DADDY' TRADED: Four years after making Dan Wilkinson the No. 1 pick in the 1994 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals traded him to the Washington Redskins.

MEGGETT FREE ON BAIL: New England Patriots running back Dave Meggett and a former member of the team's practice squad were free on bail Friday after being charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown hotel.

Meggett, the NFL's leading career punt returner, also was charged with robbery, said Sgt. Marilyn McCann.

Meggett, 31, and Steve Brannon, 29, a defensive end with the Barcelona Dragons of the World League, were arrested after a 33-year-old woman complained she was assaulted at the Royal York Hotel around 1 a.m. Friday.

BILLY SIMS IN JAIL: Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims began a one-month jail term Friday in Tulsa, Okla., for failing to pay child support.

Sims, 42, pleaded guilty in October for failing to pay child support to Vicki R. Smith of Tulsa, who had his daughter in 1978.

OHIO STATE'S KATZENMOYER ARRESTED: Ohio State All-American linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer, arrested Friday for drunken driving, will undergo alcohol counseling.

BENNETT SENTENCED: Atlanta Falcons linebacker Cornelius Bennett was sentenced to two months in jail and three years' probation today for sexual misconduct.

MILLS JOINS COWBOYS: The Dallas Cowboys have added a new wide receiver familiar to new head coach Chan Gailey.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers starter Ernie Mills signed a one-year, $325,000 deal Thursday, reuniting him with Gailey. Mills is also a kick returner.


ANOTHER TYSON LAWSUIT: Two days after being sued over a jewelry tab in Las Vegas, suspended boxer Mike Tyson was involved in another court case Friday - this one involving a $6.95 million home he allegedly backed out of buying. A partnership suing Tyson for what it claims is a broken contract was ordered to settle the matter out of court.

BOWE IN COUNSELING: Riddick Bowe, a former undisputed heavyweight champion, is undergoing counseling and therapy for emotional stress.


FEDOROV REJOINS WINGS: The Detroit Red Wings considered Sergei Fedorov pivotal in returning the Stanley Cup to the Motor City for the first time in a half-century. On Thursday, the NHL's reigning champions figured losing the trophy was more likely if they lost Fedorov.

SUTER, CHELIOS CLEARED: The NHL has cleared U.S. Olympic hockey player Gary Suter and captain Chris Chelios of participating in a late-night rampage after the team's elimination from the tournament, a newspaper reported today.


ADVANTA CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Philadelphia, the rematch between top-ranked Pete Sampras and Sjeng Schalken ended much the same as last year's duel - with the best player in the world moving on.

Unlike last year's three-set struggle, Sampras blew past Schalken, the eighth seed, 6-2, 6-2 Friday to move into the Advanta Championships semifinals.

Sampras will face 19-year-old Tommy Haas, the No. 6 seed, who beat Jeff Tarango 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach just his third ATP semifinal.

IGA CLASSIC: At Oklahoma City, Serena Williams and No. 2 seed Sandrine Testud each lost Friday in the quarterfinals of the IGA Tennis Classic. Testud was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by fellow Frenchwoman Sarah Pitkowski, who advanced to her second career semifinal.