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WNBA EXPANSION DRAFT: The WNBA's Detroit Shock and Washington Mystics will be stocked Feb. 18 during an expansion draft.

The eight other WNBA teams - Charlotte, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento and Utah - will be allowed to protect up to six players. Teams have until 5 p.m. Thursday to submit their protected lists.

Detroit and Washington will alternate selections until each team has selected four players. Each charter team can lose only one player.


JOHNSON FIRES STEVENS: Gary Stevens, the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator for the last nine years, was fired Tuesday by coach Jimmy Johnson, who wants to rebuild the running game in place of Stevens' pass-oriented attack.

COWBOYS' COACHING SEARCH: The Dallas Cowboys coaching search took a mysterious turn as former UCLA coach Terry Donahue caught an early flight to California following yet another interview with owner Jerry Jones.

Donahue spent the night at Jones' mansion after a third meeting, but his hasty exit fueled speculation things didn't go well. Jones is well into his fourth week trying to figure out how to replace Barry Switzer.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Donahue abruptly broke off talks with Jones and told friends he was uncomfortable with some aspects of negotiations.


MARTIN CASE: Attacking the argument that golf carts give players an unfair advantage, Casey Martin's lawyers put on witnesses who said carts neither improve performance nor provide relief from great fatigue.

Gary Klug, professor of physiology at the University of Oregon, and Eric Johnson, the leading money winner on the Nike Tour, testified in the second day of Martin's trail against the PGA Tour.

Martin, who has a rare circulatory disorder in his right leg, is using the Americans with Disabilities Act in an attempt to ride in competition. The PGA Tour contends that allowing Martin to ride would give him an unfair advantage.