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MORE COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Dan Gadzuric, one of the nation's most highly recruited prep centers who had been considering applying for the NBA draft, announced he will attend UCLA. The 6-foot-11 Gadzuric attends Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass. Former Cincinnati point guard Charles Williams, suspended for NCAA rules violations, sued the school for negligence and asked for at least $175,000 in damages. He was ruled ineligible because he received academic benefits that violated rules. He also received an airline ticket and other assistance from a professor. Ohio State guard Damon Stringer, charged with assault in the attack of a motorist, has left the team, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

HORSES: A gambler who once went to prison for stealing a mare in foal to Secretariat was charged with trying to fix races at Churchill Downs by stuffing sponges in horses' noses to reduce their air supply. William Michael McCandless, 51, of Hendersonville, Tenn., was indicted on six felony counts for trying to "gain an advantage in gambling on the outcome of the race" in May 1996 and twice in June 1997. A veteran of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry who was on its governing board last year says she has given up "sanctioning torture" after 30 years. Dr. Pam Reband of North Wilkesboro, N.C., said she no longer can justify "soring" horses, the practice of injuring hooves and legs by using kerosene, mustard oil or painful shoeing. The wounding makes the horses prance with an exaggerated gait judges rate highly.

SOCCER: U.S. national team coach Steve Sampson announces the American roster and alternates for next month's World Cup in France at 6:30 tonight during Sportscenter on ESPN.

PRO FOOTBALL: Miami Dolphins OT Brent Smith had successful surgery to repair a hernia and a torn abdominal muscle. He is expected to be ready for training camp in July. The sexual assault case involving the New England Patriots' Dave Meggett has been delayed until May 26. Meggett and Steve Brannon, a former CFL player now with NFL Europe's Barcelona Dragons, are accused of sexually assaulting a woman in February at a Toronto hotel. Meggett also is charged with robbery.

BASKETBALL: Ochiel Swaby scored 26 points as the Tampa Bay WindJammers beat Connecticut 107-101 at Clearwater Central Catholic in a USBL game. They host Atlantic City at 7:30 tonight. The victory was the first for assistant coach Jeff Rudom, who coached in place of Tommy Brown.

TENNIS: Michael Chang honed his game for the French Open by defeating David Prinosil 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the second round of the German Open in Hamburg. Rain and heavy wind forced postponement of opening-day matches at the America's Red Clay Championship men's tournament in Coral Springs. Amanda Coetzer was named player of the month for April.

RUNNING: Terrorists forced the rerouting of the Belfast marathon in Northern Ireland after they apparently aimed two mortar bombs at a police station. Neither hit the intended target. About 2,500 people ran the marathon, won by Irishman Tommy Hughes in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 34 seconds.

STEROID USE: Some boys and girls as young as 10 are taking illegal steroids to do better in sports, according to the first survey to look at the use of the bodybuilding drugs as early as fifth grade. The survey found that 2.7 percent of 965 youngsters questioned at four Massachusetts middle schools are using anabolic steroids. Experts said that represents a significant problem.

GOLF: Seven-time Florida Women's State Amateur champion Leslie Shannon of Fort Lauderdale finished as the top qualifier for this year's tournament with par 72 at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers.

COLLEGES: Florida State OF Brian Cox was named ACC Player of the Week in baseball.

SKIING: Gordon Lange, coach of the U.S. cross-country team in the past two Olympics, resigned.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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