LONDON (AP) _ Russian athletes expelled from Sweden after a trainer was found in possession of steroids were cleared on Tuesday of using the banned substance.

International Amateur Athletic Federation officials said that tests on hurdlers Lyudmila Narozhilenko, Margarita Ponomaryova and Tatyana Reshetnikova and pole vaulter Rodion Gataullin all were negative.

When the four went to Sweden last month for training, they were expelled when customs officials found steroids in the luggage of trainer Lydia Fedotova.

All four submitted urine samples for testing.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Top seeded Henrik Holm of Sweden was defeated by South African Christo Van Rensberg 2-6, 5-7 Tuesday in the opening round of an ATP event.

Second seeded Carl-Uwe Steeb of Germany was defeated Monday.


PARIS (AP) - French soccer, volleyball and handball federations agreed to make available gymnasiums and stadium locker rooms to accommodate homeless people during a killer cold wave.

The nationwide death toll from the week-old cold wave rose to 11 on Tuesday.

The Urban Affairs Ministry, headed by Bernard Tapie, owner of French League champion Olympique Marseille, said officials of the three sports federations will cooperate with public and private welfare organizations in converting sports facilities to temporary shelters.

Some of the needed equipment is to be provided by sporting goods companies, including Adidas and Puma, the ministry said.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Nigerian businessman was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for defrauding a California group that wanted to travel to the Summer Olympics.

U.S. District Judge Charles Haden II also ordered Essan Dalo Emiohe to pay $36,369 restitution to 39 people who were defrauded from November 1991 to June 1992.

Emiohe on Monday also was ordered to obtain approval from probation officers for any bank line of credit in the future.

Emiohe, 38, pleaded guilty to fraud. He was indicted by a federal grand jury last year.

The Californians ordered 115 tickets and deposited payments with Emiohe's firm. No tickets were reserved or sent to the customers, FBI agents said.


MILAN, Italy (AP) - The $800,000 Milan indoor tennis tournament will feature eight of the 12 top ranked players in the world, organizers reported Tuesday.

Swede Stefan Edberg, ranked No.2 by the ATP, No. 4 Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia and No. 5 Boris Becker of Germany were among those entered in the 32- player event scheduled at Assago Forum on Feb. 8-14.

Others included Petr Korda, Ivan Lendl, Wayne Ferreira and Michael Stich.


CORNO ALLE SCALE, Italy (AP) - Angela Grazzinger beat teammate Hilde Gerg by 0.75 seconds as Germany had a 1-2 finish in Tuesday's women's slalom of the European Cup.

The winner was clocked in the aggregate time of one minute, 21.61 seconds following two runs down the Red Track in this Italian resort in the Apennines mountains.

Austrian Renate Goetschl was third