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UF official not worried about NCAA action

After meeting Wednesday with an investigator in the State Attorney's office, University of Florida General Counsel Pam Bernard said she is confident the NCAA will not take any action regarding the disclosure that former basketball player Dwayne Schintzius and a Gator fan solicited prostitutes in Gainesville. Bernard will continue to investigate the case and then file a report with the NCAA, a university representative said. Timothy Permenter, who owned the Gainesville escort service and is now serving a 20-year prison term for racketeering, attempted murder and other felony charges, told the Gainesville Sun that Gator fan Bobby McKibbin arranged dates with prostitutes for UF athletes other than Schintzius. If Permenter's charges are true, the players would have violated NCAA rules. Bernard, however, has determined that no current UF basketball players are involved. And any NCAA infractions committed by former athletes are moot, a UF representative said, since the university has already been investigated and penalized by the NCAA for violatons during that time. Chuck Smrt, an NCAA enforcement director, said Wednesday any previously undisclosed infractions would be reported to the Committee on Infractions. The committee would then determine whether additional penalties are appropriate.Sports daily goes under: The National said Wednesday it was halting an 17-month effort to become the nation's first all-sports daily newspaper, buried under losses and dogged by problems in attracting paying customers. The newspaper, controlled by Mexican media baron Emilio Azcarraga, said it would cease publication with today's issue. "We were just losing too much money," Frank Deford, the editor and publisher, said after breaking the news to the staff about 3 p.m. Wednesday. He said the paper lost about $100-million. That was about as much as Azcarraga reportedly was prepared to spend over the five years that it was expected to take to become profitable. "If we were losing money and could see a turnaround that would be one thing," Deford said. "But we were staring into the face of months and possibly years of no improvement."

Track and Field: World heptathlon record-holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee and decathlete Dan O'Brien lost chances at records at the U.S. national championships Wednesday when officials neglected to have a wind gauge present at the decathlon 100 meters and heptathlon 100-meter hurdles. O'Brien ran what would have been the fastest 100 meters ever in a decathlon when he clocked 10.23 seconds. Joyner-Kersee's time was not the fastest ever 100-meter hurdles in a heptathlon, but the lack of the wind gauge negated world-record possibilities for her entire heptathlon effort. The International Amateur Athletic Federation is likely to try to prevent Butch Reynolds from competing in this week's U.S. national championships, spokesman Franco Fava said Wednesday, stating that the IAAF was "shocked" by the decision of U.S. track officials to accept a temporary lifting of Reynolds' two-year suspension for alleged use of steroids. Arbitrator Richard Gombart of The Athletic Congress temporarily lifted TAC's suspension to allow Reynolds, the world record holder at 400 meters, to compete in New York beginning Wednesday, ruling that the suspension, based on a positive test after an August meet in Monte Carlo, was improper because there was evidence that two urine samples that allegedly came from Reynolds did not come from the same man.

Boxing: Former world middleweight boxing champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler was convicted of assault and battery on his former girlfriend, Lisa Pilagonia, an seven-blow attack that dislocated her jaw and left bruises and cuts on her arms, face and neck. Hagler was convicted Tuesday by Boston Municipal Court Judge Michael Greco, who sentenced the former boxer to one year of probation and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service. But Hagler appealed for a trial before a six-person jury, and that wipes out the judge's verdict and sentence, according to Hagler's lawyer, Morris Goldings. Trial is scheduled for July 15.

NFL: The Phoenix Cardinals traded free safety Lonnie Young to the New York Jets for an undisclosed future draft pick on Wednesday. Lawyers for Cincinnati Bengals receiver Reggie Rembert entered an innocent plea on his behalf on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and having no operator's license in Covington, Ky. Rembert is scheduled for trial on July 31. A paternity suit against Washington Redskins wide receiver Ricky Sanders that orders him to pay $10,000 per month to support a daughter with severe health problems born to Catherine Michelle Bumgardner of Austin was upheld Wednesday by a Texas appeals court.

NCAA: A bill that would require the NCAA to bar the use of illegally obtained evidence, allow cross-examination of witnesses and require speedy hearings in NCAA investigations of athletic programs won approval Wednesday from an Illinios Senate committee. NCAA officials oppose the measure, saying it would put Illinois universities under one set of rules and all other universities under another. The NCAA, over the objections of its top enforcement officers, has changed a long-criticized policy and begun tape recording investigators' interviews.

College basketball: Larry Brown has met with South Carolina officials, but it's unclear whether the San Antonio Spurs coach will again leave the NBA for college basketball. Brown met for several hours Tuesday night with three members of the South Carolina search committee in Dallas.

_ Compiled by Tonia Moore.