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Olympics

O'BRIEN WILL MISS GAMES: Dan O'Brien, the defending Olympic champion in the decathlon, said he plans to withdraw from the U.S. trials because of a foot injury. And he will miss the Sydney Games.

BAN ON BODYSUITS LIFTED: The governing body of U.S. swimming, bowing to pressure from suit manufacturers, voted to lift the ban on full-length bodysuits at the Olympic swimming trials next month.

EAST GERMAN CONVICTED: The former head of East German sports was convicted of directing the systematic doping of the nation's Olympic athletes in a secret program that ravaged their bodies. Manfred Ewald and longtime medical director, Manfred Hppner, were placed on probation. They faced maximum sentences of two years in prison.

Football

TITANS SIGN GEORGE: Eddie George became one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL when the Tennessee Titans announced they signed the three-time Pro Bowl selection to a $41.25 million multi-year contract extension.

REDSKINS SIGN SAMUELS: Offensive tackle Chris Samuels, the No. 3 overall pick in April's NFL draft, signed a $55 million, seven-year contract with the Washington Redskins. The deal includes a $10 million signing bonus.

DOLPHIN ARRESTED FOR DUI: Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain was arrested and charged with speeding and drunken driving.

Basketball

GRIZZLIES SIGN SWIFT: Stromile Swift, the No. 2 overall pick in last month's NBA draft, signed with the Vancouver Grizzlies. The 6-foot-10 forward from LSU signed for the maximum allowed under the collective-bargaining agreement, $8.388 million for three seasons.

RODMAN PLEADS GUILTY: Dennis Rodman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving and driving without a valid California license stemming from his arrest in December.

NCAA EXPANDS TOURNAMENT TO 65: The field for the NCAA men's basketball tournament will expand by one next season to 65 with an "opening-round" game the Tuesday before the first round begins.

Hockey

BLACKHAWKS SIGN ZELEPUKIN: Free-agent forward Valeri Zelepukin signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. Zelepukin played last season for the Philadelphia Flyers, with 11 goals and 22 assists in 77 regular-season games.