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ITALY'S CABINET: IMPROVE SECURITY OR FANS BANNED

SOCCER

The Italian Cabinet approved measures Wednesday that could force many of the teams in the nation's top leagues to play in empty stadiums.

Play in Serie A, Italy's top league, will resume this weekend, according to Barbara Moschini, spokeswoman for the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio, the country's governing body for the sport. Inspections today will determine which stadiums will be allowed to have spectators.

The new law mandates the installation of surveillance cameras and other measures. The cabinet's actions must be approved by parliament within 60 days to remain in effect. The cabinet also approved a proposal for long-term changes - putting club stewards in charge of guaranteeing security inside stadiums and involving the clubs in the ownership of the sports arenas.

"The measures are severe and without precedent," Deputy Interior Minister Marco Minniti said. "Our objective isn't to play the games behind closed doors. Our objective is to play the games in safe stadiums with open doors."

Italian news agency ANSA said that six stadiums meet the required security standards, including Rome's Stadio Olimpico. San Siro, home to AC Milan and Inter Milan, is among stadiums completing work to meet the requirements.

Police officer Filippo Raciti, 38, died Friday during clashes between fans of Serie A teams Palermo and Catania. No one has been charged after 38 arrests.

U.S. BLANKS MEXICO: Jimmy Conrad scored his first international goal and Landon Donovan converted a late breakaway, leading the United States to a 2-0 exhibition victory over Mexico in Glendale, Ariz. The sellout crowd of 64,462 was heavily pro-Mexican. Conrad headed home a corner kick by Donovan in the 52nd minute, beating Oswaldo Sanchez inside the left post. It was the first international goal for Conrad, playing in his 19th game for the Americans, and the 24th career assist for Donovan, the U.S. career leader.

TENNIS

Henin returns with win in Paris

Justine Henin overcame a slow start to win her first match of the year and first since separating from her husband last month. Henin beat Emilie Loit 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 at the Open Gaz de France in Paris. "I've had a lot to cope with these last few weeks," Henin said. "It's always good to get your first win under your belt when you come back." Henin, the top seed, had 14 aces against Loit, a quarterfinalist last year. Henin next faces either Ekaterina Bychkova or Tatiana Golovin. Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Katarina Srebotnik, taking the last three points for a 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory. In another second-round match, 2005 champion Dinara Safina outlasted Camille Pin 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5).

COLLEGES

USF's McCarney to earn $140,000

Former Iowa State coach Dan McCarney will make $140,000 in the fall as USF's defensive line coach, making him the highest paid of four new assistants. McCarney, who made $1.1-million last season, is also receiving $225,000 a year for the next three years from a buyout with Iowa State. McCarney agreed to resign after 12 seasons as Cyclones coach. Only one USF assistant, defensive coordinator Wally Burnham ($144,000), was paid more last season than McCarney's salary this season. New receivers coach Mike Canales will make $100,000, more than Lawrence Dawsey made in the same job last season but a dropoff from the $240,000 Canales made last season as offensive coordinator at Arizona. Offensive line coach Mike Simmonds and tight ends coach Larry Scott, both graduate assistants who are entering their first year as full-time college assistants, will make $60,000 and $50,000, respectively.

SWIMMING AND DIVING: The Florida men are second and the women sixth in the SEC Championships at Lexington, Ky. Grant Johnson of Clearwater helped UF win the 800 free relay. Auburn's men and women are in first place.

TENNIS: The Tampa women opened Sunshine State Conference play with a 6-3 loss to host Rollins. Tampa's Jamie Lieberman and Kourtney Stark won in doubles.

FIGURE SKATING

Chinese lead pairs competition

Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo took the pairs lead over Chinese counterparts Tong Jian and Pang Qing by 3.49 points heading into today's free skate at Four Continents in Colorado Springs, Colo. Defending Four Continents champions Rena Inoue and John Baldwin landed their signature throw triple axel and were third. Brooke Castile and Benjamin Okolski, who won the U.S. Championships, are seventh.

ET CETERA

BASEBALL: Mexico's Vinny Castilla, a former Devil Ray, announced his retirement after he went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored during a 4-3 victory over Venezuela on the last day of the Caribbean Series. The Dominican Republic clinched the title Tuesday.

BOXING: Mike Tyson, 40, has checked himself into an inpatient treatment program for "various addictions" while awaiting trial in Phoenix on drug charges, his lawyer said. David Chesnoff wouldn't describe Tyson's addictions, but police said the former heavyweight champion told officers that he used cocaine frequently.

CYCLING: American Floyd Landis could be banned from racing in France for the next two years if the country's antidoping agency issues a maximum penalty today for his positive doping test at last year's Tour de France. ... Tyler Hamilton returned to his first stage race after a two-year doping ban. The Olympic gold medalist was 66th in the first stage of the Etoile de Bessages race in southern France. A day earlier, the 34-year-old American rode in the GP La Marseillaise. He signed a one-year contract with a new Italian-Russian team, Tinkoff Credit Systems.

Times staff writer Greg Auman and Times wires contributed to this report.

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