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Petty Enterprises tabs Nadeau for No. 44 seat

Jerry Nadeau got a full-time job Tuesday when Petty Enterprises hired him to drive the No. 44 Dodge for the rest of the Winston Cup season.

Nadeau, out of regular work since Hendrick Motorsports released him in May, replaces Steve Grissom. He filled in once this season for Grissom, nearly winning in Sears Point, Calif., before breaking a gear while leading with two laps to go.

NHL: The Islanders re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Adrian Aucoin to a two-year deal, avoiding salary arbitration. He led New York's defensemen with 12 goals this past season after arriving from the Lightning in June 2001 with Alexander Kharitonov for Mathieu Biron and a draft pick. The Avalanche re-signed Dan Hinote, Brad Larsen and former Lightning player Bryan Muir.

TENNIS: Marissa Irvin upset Justine Henin 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif. Carlos Moya beat Andreas Vinciguera in the Idea Prokom Open at Sopot, Poland. For the women, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario beat Marta Marrero. Sebastien Grosjean and Gustavo Kuerten won first-round matches at the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles.

POLICE ACCUSE DUPAY: Police accused former Florida basketball standout Teddy Dupay of grabbing a driver in a traffic dispute. UF police said Dupay and an acquaintance, Kresten R. Lagerman, committed simple battery when they grabbed the victim's wrist in Sunday's incident. State Attorney's Office investigator Spencer Mann said a decision to file charges could come today.

SOCCER: Eight Italian teams, including AS Roma and Lazio of Serie A, were told they will be kicked out of their leagues if they don't solve their finances. The teams have until Thursday to show how they plan to improve their finances. D.C. United midfielder Marco Etcheverry was picked for his seventh MLS All-Star game, to be played Aug. 3 in Washington. He was named a reserve, as were San Jose's Joe Cannon, Wade Barrett and Ariel Graziani, Dallas' Jason Kreis and Joselito Vaca, and Kansas City's Chris Klein. Flamboyant English player Paul Gascoigne, 35, will try out for D.C. United starting Friday.

HORSES: War Emblem pulled out of next week's Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said the change in plans was related to the horse's weight and not to the death of owner Prince Ahmed bin Salman. Fool's Goal was made morning-line favorite for Saturday's Breeders Crown Open Trot at the Meadowlands.

GOLF: Jarred Texter shot 1-under 69 to lead after a round of stroke play at the U.S. Junior Amateur in Duluth, Ga. Lightning and rain suspended play with 75 players yet to finish. Chanin Puntawong, 15, of Bradenton, had a hole-in-one with a 6-iron at the 183-yard 7th. In-Bee Park, who lives in Eustis, shot 2-under 71 to keep the stroke-play lead at the U.S. Girls' Juniors Championships in Westfield, N.J., with 48 players unable to finish because of lightning. Marc Carter shot 67 on his home course, Old Memorial, to lead after one round of the North Florida PGA's West Central Chapter Championship.

COLLEGES: Tanisha Gilbert won an appeal to have her basketball scholarship at Minnesota reinstated. Former women's athletic director Chris Voelz tried to revoke it on claims Gilbert didn't maintain academic standards. An NCAA committee ruled eligibility won't be reinstated to athletes who have played on a pro team after their first opportunity to enroll in a Division I school.

SAILING: One of Dennis Conner's $5-million America's Cup yachts sank during training in the Pacific Ocean near Long Beach, Calif. All sailors aboard the 80-foot yacht were rescued and the boat was later raised.

ARENA FOOTBALL: Storm defensive specialist John Williams was named the league defensive player of the week after having 10{ tackles (five solo), two forced fumbles and two pass deflections Saturday in Tampa Bay's 67-61 win over Georgia. Nathan Trout joined Pete Elezovic and Don Silvestri in the battle to replace kicker Mike Black, who sustained a season-ending knee injury against Georgia. Trout made 2 of 4 field goals and 1 of 2 extra points with Orlando this season. An 'N Sync charity event at TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando forced the Predators to play Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. Friday instead of Saturday in the opening round of the playoffs. Detroit did not renew the contract of coach Mouse Davis, who worked alongside Storm coach Tim Marcum with the Atlanta Falcons in 1994. Davis will work for the Fury as an adviser.

BOXING: IBF cruiserweight champ Vassiliy Jirov sued ex-manager Ivaylo Gotzev, seeking to force him to pay $150,000 promised for a fight on Feb. 1. A bout between Vincenzo Cantatore and Wayne Braithwaite for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title, scheduled Thursday in Rome, was postponed. Organizers cited financial problems.

_ FRANK PASTOR, TIMES WIRES

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