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UF signs European top talent

The Florida basketball team added to its 2002 roster Wednesday, signing Danish national team member Christian Drejer.

The 6-foot-8 guard/forward averaged 31.6 points and 6.5 rebounds for SISU club team of Copenhagen and was the Danish League player of the year.

Coach Billy Donovan said Drejer is "extremely talented, very versatile and has played against the highest level of competition in Europe since an early age. Christian is a tremendous addition to our team."

Drejer, 19, chose UF over Florida State and Connecticut.

MORE COLLEGES: Wally Pontiff, a 21-year-old third baseman for LSU, was found dead in his parents' home in a New Orleans suburb. The cause of death was unknown. The ACC women's soccer coaches picked FSU to finish fourth among the eight league teams, the program's highest preseason projection. FSU hired Eve Gaw, an ex-Washington pitcher, as assistant softball coach. Syracuse basketball guard DeShaun Williams, who averaged 16.4 points, was dismissed by the university because of academic problems. Ken LaRose, Butler's football coach since 1992, resigned to enter private business.

PRO BASKETBALL: Orlando re-signed forward Pat Garrity and waived guard/forward Jud Buechler. Forward Matt Harpring became an unrestricted free agent after Philadelphia rescinded its qualifying contract offer of about $2.3-million. Utah forward Jarron Collins agreed to a two-year contract. In WNBA, Andrea Stinson scored five of her 17 in overtime to lead Charlotte 73-66 over host Cleveland. Charlotte's Allison Feaster made a 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds left to send it to overtime. Lisa Leslie had 21 points and 11 rebounds as host Los Angeles beat Portland 73-69. Katie Smith scored 20 and host Minnesota beat Utah to end a seven-game losing streak.

GOLF: Tampa's Mallory Code, 17, and Eustis' In-Bee Park, 14, advanced to the second round of match play in the U.S. Girls Junior Championship at Westfield, N.J.

NHL: Florida signed defenseman Dmitry Yushkevich to a one-year contract. Los Angeles acquired forward Erik Rasmussen from Buffalo for forward Adam Mair and a fifth-round draft pick. Montreal signed Michigan defenseman Mike Komisarek to a three-year contract. Ottawa signed unrestricted free-agent center Shaun Van Allen to a multiyear contract. Alexandre Daigle, Ottawa's No. 1 overall pick in 1993 who retired two years ago, agreed to a free-agent tryout with San Jose. Detroit signed veteran left wings Michael Picard and Derek King. Anaheim signed right wing Rob Valicevic and goalie Jean- Francois Damphousse. Forwards Jamal Mayers and Daniel Corso re-signed with St. Louis. Toronto signed free agents Aaron Gavey and Marc Moro. Washington re-signed left wing Chris Simon to a one-year contract. Nashville signed unrestricted free-agent forwards Denis Pederson and Domenic Pittis. Pittsburgh forward Martin Straka, who missed most of last season after twice breaking his right leg, cracked a vertebra in his back in a weightlifting accident Monday in the Czech Republic.

SOCCER: In WUSA, ex-Florida star Abby Wambach scored for host Washington as it tied with Boston. Tiffeny Milbrett scored twice as New York snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over host Philadelphia. In MLS, rookie Jon Busch made six saves as host Columbus beat D.C. United 1-0. Zach Kingsley and Mark Chung scored in the second half as Colorado beat host New England 3-2. Rodrigo Faria scored twice and Mamadou Diallo once as New York-New Jersey beat host Kansas City 3-1.

CYCLING: Jonathan "Jacques" Boyer, 46, a former Tour de France competitor, was charged with 10 felony counts of child molestation in Salinas, Calif.

OBITUARY: Jack Leland Keady, sports editor of the Arkansas Democrat for more than 30 years, died Monday of a heart attack at home in Little Rock. He was 87.

_ ANTONYA ENGLISH

BRIAN LANDMAN, TIMES WIRES

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