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February 16, 1995

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ A heart condition discovered by NFL doctors at the scouting combine last weekend could threaten Alabama running back Sherman Williams’ shot at a professional career.

Williams, 21, will return to the university today for more tests, in hopes of determining the extent of the condition, his mother, Betty Williams, said Wednesday.

``His problem has something to do with an enlarged heart,″ said Alabama head athletic trainer Bill McDonald. ``It was very surprising to us because we had no indication that he had a problem of that nature in four years with us.″

McDonald said it won’t be clear whether the condition will affect Williams’ future until further tests are done.


CINCINNATI (AP) _ One member of the University of Cincinnati basketball team has been dismissed from the squad after a year-long feud with the coach, and another said he will leave the program after this season.

Sophomore guard Marko Wright, who had been suspended three times this season for disciplinary reasons, was dismissed Wednesday and will transfer to another school, coach Bob Huggins said. Wright played nine minutes in nine games this season.

John Jacobs, a fourth-year junior, said he plans to finish his undergraduate work next fall and will forego his final season of eligibility. He had appeared in all but one of the Bearcats games this season, averaging 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois football coach Lou Tepper says former Ball State coach Paul Schudel will replace Greg Landry as his offensive coordinator.

Landry was fired, Tepper confirmed Wednesday.

``He asked me to hold that statement until Feb. 15 and I abided by that,″ Tepper said. ``We had differences that could not be resolved and I don’t think any further comment publicly would be appropriate.″

Landry, a former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, also wouldn’t discuss why Tepper fired him.

Illinois was 7-5 last season.


DALLAS (AP) _ Dallas Stars center Dave Gagner agreed to a new four-year contract, coach-general manager Bob Gainey announced.

No details were made available by the team Wednesday.

The contract extends through the 1997-98 season for the 30-year-old Gagner, who is in his eighth season with the Stars organization. He set a franchise record last season with his sixth straight season of 30 or more goals.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Philadelphia Flyers traded left wing Josef Beranek to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday for left wing Shawn Antoski.

Beranek, 25, had five goals and five assists for 10 points in 14 games for the Flyers this season. Last season, Beranek had 49 points in 80 games.

Antoski is scoreless in seven games this season. In 70 NHL regular-season games, Antoski has one goal and two assists. He was the second of Vancouver’s two first-round draft choices in the 1990 NHL entry draft.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Dale Carter is serving a 15-day sentence for violating his probation.

Carter surrendered Wednesday at the Jackson County jail.

Carter was on probation after pleading guilty in December of 1993 of attempting to carry a concealed weapon. He was given probation and a suspended sentence.

In May 1994, Carter and another man apparently got in a fight at a hotel, and Carter was charged with assault. He did not inform authorities of his new charge and his probation had nearly expired before they learned of the incident.


PATERSON, N.J. (AP) _ A fourth-degree criminal assault charge filed against New York Giants cornerback Willie Beamon has been reduced to a disorderly persons offense.

Beamon appeared in Superior Court on Wednesday with his attorney to face the charge he tried to run over a police officer Feb. 1 in the parking lot of a Clifton hotel.


ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) _ World soccer’s governing body FIFA gave Nigeria a second chance to host this year’s World Youth Championships.

Wednesday’s meeting of FIFA’s emergency committee upheld a decision last week that the competition should not go ahead as scheduled in March because of health considerations.

However, the committee said it would send an inspection team to the African nation to check on conditions with a view to holding the tournament later in the year.

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