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Doctor: Pesticides caused Ali sluggishness

Doctors said former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali left a clinic in Hilton Head Island, S.C., this week after the latest "plasma exchange" treatment for a neurological disorder. Dr. Rajko D. Medenica said Ali no longer takes medicine to treat Parkinson's disease. Medenica said Ali's weakness, tiredness, and problems with speech and coordination were caused by exposure at his training camp to "pesticides that have an affinity for neurological cells." Ali has been treated at the Hilton Head clinic and an affiliated clinic in Denver every three weeks for the past four months, Medenica said. Ali's condition has "improved and stabilized" since he began the treatments four month's ago, the doctor said.

BOXING: David Santos of St. Petersburg won the Florida junior-lightweight state championship and raised his record to 16-0 with a second-round technical knockout of Jeff Hannah Friday night at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. Donnie Herring, Jerry Brown, Tony Brooks, Dynamite White, Jerry Reyes and Daryl Woods also won as Tampa Bay fighters swept the seven bouts. Tommy Morrison, coming off a third-round knockout of Tui Toia on Sunday, will fight Bryan "Bam Bam" Scott in a 10-round heavyweight bout March 27 in Tulsa.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Right-hander Paul Wilson allowed one hit and faced the minimum number of batters as Florida State (12-2) beat Coastal Carolina 4-0 at Tallahassee's Dick Howser Stadium. Wilson (4-1) went the distance, struck out 10, and did not walk a batter. Matt Schilling lined a sharp single to right to lead off the eighth inning for Coastal Carolina (4-3). Doug Carroll hit his fourth home run of the year, and South Florida (4-3) built a 10-0 lead in a 13-9 victory over visiting Florida Atlantic (8-2).

COURTS: Federal officials and the University of Colorado have reached an agreement on compliance with the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law that bans sex discrimination in student athletic programs. After a review by the U.S. Education Department and the Office for Civil Rights, the university was found in compliance because it "already taken steps to ensure compliance with Title IX by developing its own plan for achieving equity." The school offers 15 intercollegiate sports _ eight men's programs and seven women's.

TENNIS: In a rematch of last year's final, sixth-seeded Amanda Coetzer upset defending Evert Cup champion Mary Joe Fernandez 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) to reach the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, Calif. The second-seeded Fernandez squandered a 3-0 lead in the third set. Top seed Steffi Graf never trailed in defeating Ginger Helgeson 6-1, 6-3. MaliVai Washington beat Stefano Pescosolido 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in Scottsdale, Ariz., to reach the semifinals of the Nuveen Championships. Karsten Braasch scored a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Jordi Burillo, who upset Stefan Edberg in the first round. Local favorite Paul Haarhuis beat Alexander Volkov of Russia 7-5, 6-4 at Rotterdam, Netherlands, in the ABN-AMRO. Haarhuis and Jacco Eltingh ousted Michael Stich and Patrick Kuhnen 6-3, 6-4 in doubles.

_ Compiled from wire reports.