VENICE, Italy (AP) _ Venice mayor Ugo Bergamo said Monday that this Italian lagoon city will join Milan in its bid to host the summer Olympics in 2000.

Milan, Italy's industrial capital, already formed an Olympic committee to promote its candidacy and Venetian officials said they will join the existing body supporting the Italian bid.

Venice would host Olympic events such as sailing, canoeing, fencing and possibly swimming.

The site for the 2000 Games will be picked by the International Olympic Committee next year.

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MILAN, Italy (AP) - Reggie Theus scored 28 points Sunday as Varese beat Clear Cantu 89-87 in the Italian first division.

Theus is second in the league in scoring with a 28.7 average, trailing only Oscar Schmidt of FernetBranca Pavia, who is averaging 38.2. Schmidt scored 36 points in FernetBranca Pavia's 89-75 victory over Trapani.

Darren Daye scored 33 points as Scavolini Pesaro defeated Stefanel Trieste 97-81. Pesaro (19-6), which won the Italian Cup on Wednesday by beating Benetton in overtime, took over undisputed possession of first place in the league.

Philips Milan, Benetton Treviso and Knorr Bologna all lost and droped two points back.

Italian forward Roberto Premier scored 23 points, while Dino Radja scored 16 and Rick Mahorn 10 as Messaggero Roma beat Philips 92-88. Benetton lost to Phonola Caserta 86-69 and last-place Ticino Siena upset Knorr Bologna 72-62.

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SHEFFIELD, England (AP) - Hillsborough Stadium, site of the 1989 English Football Association Cup semifinal in which 95 fans died, may host another FA Cup semifinal next month.

The stadium will be used for the semifinals only if Sunderland of the second division beats Chelsea of the first division in their quarterfinal. If Chelsea wins, the game will be at Highbury, Arsenal's stadium in north London.

Sunderland and Chelsea were set to play Monday night, with the winner playing either Southampton.

The other semifinal on April 5 will be between Liverpool and Portsmouth at either Villa Park in Birmingham or Highbury.

Hillsborough has not hosted an FA Cup semifinal since the April 15, 1989, game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. The stadium is used regularly as Sheffield Wednesday's home field.

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MILAN, Italy (AP) - RAI, Italy's state-owned television network, canceled live broadcasts of a boxing match and a marathon because the athletes are candidates in next month's parliamentary elections.

RAI canceled Francesco Damiani's 10-round victory Saturday night over Frankie Swindell and Sunday's marathon run by Gelindo Bordin in Monza.

Damiani is running on the Republican ticket and Bordin is running for the Socialists. They are part of a trend in which parties seek celebrities outside politics.

Giovanni Salvi, deputy general director of RAI, said Monday that mentioning the athletes' names during the sports broadcast would give them electoral publicity.

It was unclear how the policy will affect the Davis Cup match between Brazil and Italy at the end of March. Paolo Cane of the Italian team is running for parliament as a Socialist.

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Sporting Lisbon of the Portuguese first division on Monday fired coach Martinho Peres. The Brazilian will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Antonio Dominguez.

Sporting club president Luis Sousa Sintra announced he terminated Peres' contract after Sunday's 1-1 tie with Salgueiros.

Sousa Sintra said he was interested in hiring Artur Jorge of the French club Paris St. Germain coach Artur Jorge or Carlos Queiros, coach of Portugal's national team.

Sporting is in third place, eight points behind league-leading FC Porto.