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White claims remarks made up, misreported

Green Bay Packers defensive end Reggie White says he never claimed that police were "out to get" black youth. White also said he never said some things reported by the Knoxville News-Sentinel, and that some of his other comments were taken out of context. White did not back off some of his statements, but said he had been misunderstood.

He believes building prisons is a lucrative business, one that profited from large numbers of black inmates. "I think jail is a business," White told Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Eugene Kane. "And certain people don't want young people to be successful."

Many people outside the black community make money off the misery of drugs, crime and guns, White said. No other media outlet found his remarks controversial, Kane wrote. White said the main theme of his talk last week was meant to inspire young people to take personal responsibility for their lives.

BUCS: Steeler free-agent WR Andre Hastings visited Tampa Bay as the last stop on his tour of six NFL teams. Hastings led the Steelers in receptions last season with 72 for 739 yards and 6 touchdowns. A timetable for negotiations has not been set. He is believed to be seeking $1.5-million to $2-million a year. "I think what they're looking for is somebody to come in and score. One of my philosophies is touchdowns make you famous. Everything else is null and void."

MORE NFL: Raider QB Jeff Hostetler visited the Redskins to look into a backup position to Gus Frerotte. Hostetler has been looking for a new job since Oakland signed Jeff George. He has talked to four other teams _ New Orleans, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and the New York Jets _ but the Redskins made it clear they are interested. Miami signed tight end Walter Reeves, 31, for two years, and former FSU receiver Lawrence Dawsey, 29, agreed to a two-year contract.

WINTER SPORTS: Hilary Lindh completed her career with a victory in the super-G in the U.S. Championships at Sugarloaf-USA in Carrabassett Valley, Maines. Lindh, 27, won the downhill Thursday, and is retiring to return to studies at the University of Utah. Tommy Moe won again, winning the men's super-G after capturing the downhill.

TRACK AND FIELD: The Council of the International Amateur Athletic Federation in Turin, Italy, said it will accept two-year drug bans in countries that refuse to apply four-year penalties. Civil courts in several countries have ruled that four-year bans are excessive and infringe on an individual's right to earn a living.

BOWLING: Steve Jaros used a high game of 276 to up his lead at the PBA's Peoria Open with a total of 8,124 pins. The top five _ Jaros, Wayne Webb, Mark Williams, Ernie Schlegel and Bob Learn Jr. _ advanced to today's final.

EQUESTRIAN: Alison Firestone aboard Major won the $25,000 MacGregor Challenge Cup at the Winter Festival in Tampa. Freestyle, ridden by Eric Hasbrouck, was second, and Moritz with Lise Quintero up took third.

BOXING: Junior featherweight Arnel Barotillo stopped Enrique Valenzuela (16-10) in the eighth round in Sydney, Australia, for his 10th straight win. Barotillo, 22, is 14-7-1 and is the IBF's top-ranked contender. Rudy Zavala (25-6-2, 20 KOs) stopped Ruben Castillo in the third round at Reseda, Calif. Castillo (70-10-2, 37 KOs), who has been a professional fighter since 1975, announced his retirement after the bout.

SWIMMING: UF's Mandy Crowe made the NCAA finals, taking eighth in the 100 back (54.78), and Jennifer Hommert finished sixth in the 400-yard IM (4:17.03). Florida was in 14th place with 64 points and Stanford led with 286.5.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Former University of Southern Mississippi player Larry Norton, 23, of Dothan, Ala., was killed and 21-year-old Rod Thomas was seriously injured when the vehicle in which they were traveling left the road and hit a tree in Covington County south of Seminary, the Mississippi Highway Patrol reported. Former Nebraska linebacker Larry Arnold, 22, faces a federal charge that he conspired to distribute cocaine with former teammate Ramone Worthy, 23. The indictment alleges the two conspired to distribute the drug from November 1994 through at least August 1996 in Nebraska and elsewhere. Drug charges against South Carolina tailback Troy Hambrick were dismissed in Columbia, S.C., when prosecutors and a magistrate agreed the player did not know marijuana was in the car he drove. Hambrick was arrested on Jan. 27 for driving without a license in an unregistered car with no license plate and no insurance.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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