The University of Tennessee acknowledged Monday in a response to the NCAA that one of its assistant football coaches _ who was fired Friday _ broke recruiting rules at least six times and then lied about it to an NCAA investigator. But the university denied it ran a summer football camp for blue-chip recruits, as the NCAA alleged in a letter of inquiry on April 8. Acting university president Joe Johnson wrote to the NCAA that assistant coach Jack Sells violated recruiting rules at least six times as alleged by the NCAA. The violations involved transportation and improper contacts. Johnson's letter said the in-house investigation also uncovered two other possible rules violations by Sells, 29, who was fired Friday after less than three years on coach Johnny Majors' staff. Johnson said the university does not believe the problem pervades the football program. The NCAA is expected to review the situation within the next few months.New arena: The Flyers and 76ers will stay in Philadelphia, playing in a $100-million, 21,000-seat arena to be built entirely with private funds, Mayor W. Wilson Goode said Monday. "It's a good deal for everybody," said Goode, who had labored with Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey over the past three years to scuttle a New Jersey bid to move the teams across the Delaware River to Camden. Until the new six-level arena is ready in the 1994-95 season, the teams will continue to play in the 17,000-seat Spectrum, which will be part of the 60-acre entertainment complex.
Auto racing: Ricky Rudd inched 29 points closer to NASCAR Winston Cup points leader Dale Earnhardt after Sunday's Banquet Frozen Foods 300 stock car race at Sears Point International Raceway. Rudd, who finished second to Davey Allison, trails Earnhardt, who finished seventh, by 53 points, 1,862-1,809. Ken Schrader is third (1,666), Darrell Waltrip fourth (1,662) and Ernie Irvan fifth (1,654). Allison leads the circuit in money winnings with $767,880. Earnhardt is second with $621,135.
Basketball: St. Petersburg Junior College men's basketball coach Jack Coit, who led the Trojans through three consecutive 20-win seasons, has resigned because of a salary disagreement with the school, he said Monday. Coit, who five years ago relinquished a head coaching position at St. Petersburg High to take command of the Trojans' program, will begin coaching the Green Devils again in the upcoming school year, according to St. Petersburg principal Bill Grey.
Track and field: The American Arbitration Association on Monday temporarily lifted a suspension against sprinter Butch Reynolds and declared him eligible for the U.S. Track and Field Championships in New York this week. The Athletics Congress suspended Reynolds from all international track and field competititon for two years, dating from Aug. 12, 1990, saying he had tested positive for steroids in an event in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on that date. Reynolds said the charge resulted from a mix-up in testing procedures.
Cycling: Overall leader Franco Chioccioli of Italy won the 15th stage of the Tour of Italy cycling race Monday, arriving alone in the Alpine resort of Aprica following a 132-kilometer stage over four mountain passes. Earlier, American Greg Lemond pulled out of the race because of fatigue. He was 51st overall after Sunday's 14th stage.
Et cetera: Mark Breland scored a lackluster unanimous decision over Henry Anaya in a 10-round middleweight fight Monday night in Secaucus, N.J. It was Breland's second victory in as many fights since moving up in weight after losing the World Boxing Association welterweight title last July. All-Pro wide receiver Andre Rison of the Atlanta Falcons was ticketed for speeding 111 mph and driving with a suspended license near East Lansing early Sunday, Michigan state police said. Inessa Kravets of the Soviet Union set a world best for the women's triple jump when she leaped 14.95 meters (49.04 feet) at a meet in Moscow.
_ Compiled by Gary Hickok.