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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.


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.


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.


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.