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IditarodSWINGLEY LEADS: At Takotna, Alaska, When Doug Swingley pushed well past the other front-runners in the 1995 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race before taking a required 24-hour break, the race's old guard said he'd be sorry.

That's not the way it's done, they said.

He's going too far too fast too soon, they said.

His dogs are going to burn out, they said.

But Swingley, from Lincoln, Mont., won the 1995 Iditarod and set a speed record of 9 days and 3 hours in the process. So on Wednesday, when he repeated his bold move, the reaction from the lead pack was more respectful.

"Swingley's in control right now," said Rick Mackey of Nenana, Alaska, who won the 1983 Iditarod. "He's got 14 dogs, and he's well ahead of us."

Goodwill Games

GOODWILL GOES WINTER: Turner Sports has announced the first Winter Goodwill Games will take be held at Lake Placid, N.Y., next Feb. 17-20. Lake Placid, which hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, beat out Lillehammer, Norway, for the games. There will be competition in seven sports -- bobsled, figure skating, luge, skiing, ski jumping, snowboarding and short track speed skating.


FLYERS-CANADIENS TRADE: The Philadelphia Flyers obtained right wing Mark Recchi from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for right wing Dainius Zubrus and a pair of draft picks. The Canadiens will get the Flyers' second-round pick in 1999 or 2000 as well as either a seventh-round pick in 1999 or a sixth-rounder in 2000.


NEWSWEEK CHAMPIONS CUP: Clay court specialist Felix Mantilla upset top-ranked Pete Sampras 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Newsweek Champions Cup in Indian Wells, Calif.

Defending champion Marcelo Rios also advanced, beating Cedric Pioline 7-6 (7-3), 6-1; Mark Philippoussis beat No. 3 Alex Corretja 4-6, 7-5, 6-2; and No. 4 Carlos Moya defeated Jim Courier 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.

Other second-round winners were No. 8 Richard Krajicek, No. 10 Greg Rusedski, No. 11 Todd Martin, No. 12 Karol Kucera, Chris Woodruff, Jan Siemerink, Marat Safin and Xavier Malisse.

In the Evert Cup, top-ranked Martina Hingis was also upset, 6-3, 7-6 (6-2) by Chanda Rubin in the quarterfinals. In the other matches, No. 5 Steffi Graf defeated No. 4 Jana Novotna 6-2, 6-0; Serena Williams beat No. 6 Mary Pierce 7-5, 7-6 (7-1); and No. 12 Sandrine Testud defeated Henrieta Nagyova 6-1, 6-3.


TYSON LOSES COURT BATTLE: Mike Tyson lost a round in a court battle involving refund demands from up to 2 million people who paid $49.95 to watch the pay-for-view television fight between Tyson and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas.

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled that a number of suits filed against Tyson and promoter Don King could go forward as a nationwide class-action suit in Clark County District Court.

FLORIDA FIRES OFFICIAL: The head of Florida's athletic commission was fired for taking money from Don King and then trying to influence the rest of the regulating board to help the boxing promoter.

Gov. Jeb Bush ordered Morris "Mike" Scionti removed as executive secretary of the athletic commission after the state's inspector general determined there was a conflict of interest.


NCAA SEEKS STAY ON ELIGIBILITY: The NCAA requested a stay of an order throwing out freshman eligibility requirements, saying the ruling would cause chaos at more than 300 college and university sports programs and the upcoming men's and women's basketball tournaments.

The NCAA, which plans to appeal the initial ruling, said it needed more time to write replacement eligibility requirements and another three years to implement the new rules.