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Skating star Curry dying of AIDS

John Curry, a former world and Olympic ice skating champion, is dying of AIDS and has returned to Britain to spend the last few years of his life with his family, a press report said. Quoted in the London Mail on Sunday, Curry said he has known since December 1987 he was HIV-positive and that it became full-blown AIDS in the summer of 1991. He believes he may have contracted the disease during a homosexual relationship several years ago. "My whole circle of friends died. I don't mean lovers, but I'm talking about people you go to the theater or to dinner with," the 1976 Olympic champion told the Mail. Now 43, Curry was quoted as saying he knew he was homosexual at age 15 and never tried to hide it. After winning world and Olympic titles, the British skater came to the United States and worked professionally as a skater and choreographer.

NBA: LaPhonso Ellis, chosen fifth overall by the Denver Nuggets, has signed a five-year contract worth more than $13-million. The 6-foot-8 power forward averaged 15.5 points and 11.1 rebounds during his four-year career at Notre Dame. The Indiana Pacers signed first-round draft pick Malik Sealy, the 14th overall selection, to a multiyear contract. No other terms were released. Sealy, a 6-foot-8 swingman, averaged 22.6 points per game for St. John's last year.

SOCCER: USF junior goalkeeper Jeff Gopsill, who helped the Bulls shut out No. 14 San Francisco and No.

19 Stanford last weekend in California, was named the Metro Conference player of the week. Tampa Bay Rowdies forward Jean Harbor is one of two forwards who will play for the U.S. World Cup team Friday against Canada in Greensboro, N.C. Harbor, a native of Nigeria, recently earned his American citizenship. Scott Christian, a 15-year-old Kentucky high school soccer player died Sunday, 36 hours after he was injured in a game. He suffered a bruised diaphragm in a collision with another player, went into cardiac arrest in a hospital emergency room Sunday morning and died soon after.

ET CETERA: Heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee and golfer Pat Bradley were named amateur and professional sportswomen of the year by the Women's Sports Foundation. The South Florida men's cross country team moved up three spots to No. 7 in the NCAA Division I poll. Despite 300 games by John Hricsina and John Tavano, Jerry Brunette Sr. holds a 111-pin lead in the Hammer Naples (Fla.) PBA Senior Open. In Claymont, Del., Carol Norman won six of eight games in match play and held a 1-pin lead over Carol Gianotti of Australia after four rounds of the Columbia 300 Delaware Open. New Mexico State basketball player Loren "Teeter" Marshall is hospitalized in El Paso, Texas, with a gunshot wound to the leg, while police investigated a melee at a post-football game fraternity party.

_ Compiled by Anthony Epifano