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Devils deal captain Muller to Canadiens

The New Jersey Devils traded forward Kirk Muller, their unhappy captain, to Montreal in a four-player deal yesterday involving the Canadiens' Stephan Richer.

Muller, who had walked out of camp last week over a contract dispute, was sent to the Canadiens along with veteran goaltender Rollie Melanson for Richer and Tom Chorske, both right wings.

"I am really happy," said Muller, a native of Kingston, Ontario. "Any kid who grows up in Canada is excited to play in Montreal."

* John Purves scored two goals to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-1 victory over the Hartford Whalers in an NHL exhibition game in Norfolk, Va.

Victor Gervais opened the scoring for Washington 1 minute, 58 seconds into the game, and Purves connected about two minutes later on a power-play goal for the 2-0 lead.

Brad Shaw scored on a power-play for Hartford at 7:58 of the first period to make it 2-1. The Capitals (3-1) scored three goals in the third period.


The NCAA placed the University of District of Columbia on three-year probation and said only the school's commitment to change prevented heavier sanctions.

"The committee determined that major violations of the NCAA rules occurred," a report by the Committee on Infractions said. "Had the university not already taken steps that exceeded the required minimum penalties as set forth in [the bylaws], the committee would have exacted more serious penalties."

The NCAA report cited repeated ineligibility violations in football, women's basketball, women's track and field and tennis. The report said those teams used students whose grades were too low, who already had played for four seasons or who were not enrolled full time.

Auto racing

Mark Martin set a Martinsville (Va.) Speedway record to grab zTC the top starting spot for the Goody's 500 Winston Cup race.

Martin put his Ford Thunderbird on the pole for tomorrow's 500-lap event with a fast lap of 93.171 mph. It will be the third consecutive time Martin will lead the field into a Winston Cup race on the .526-mile, low-banked oval.

* Bobby Rahal took advantage of perfect qualifying conditions to smash the track record and take the provisional pole in the Texaco-Havoline 200 at Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Rahal, a two-time CART PPG Cup Indy-car championship, did not wilt in the face of a challenge from series point leader Michael Andretti, touring the 4-mile, 14-turn road course at 134.466 mph.

That broke the record of 131.289 set last year by Danny Sullivan.


Top-seeded Monica Seles defeated Japan's Maya Kidowaki, 6-0, 6-0, in 48 minutes in the quarterfinals of the Nichirei International Ladies Championship in Tokyo.

In an all-American quarterfinal, fourth-seeded Amy Frazier defeated unseeded Debbie Graham, 7-5, 6-1, and third-seeded Katerina Maleeva beat fifth-seeded Laura Gildemeister, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

* Top-seed Conchita Martinez of Spain, the defending champion, led the advance into the semifinals of the Paris Women's tournament with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Emanuela Zardo of Switzerland.

* Martina Navratilova's former companion Judy Nelson says she won't agree to a non-publicity agreement in order to settle her palimony lawsuit against the tennis star.

Nelson said a tentative settlement with Navratilova calls for her to receive a house in Aspen, Colo., and cash in a package worth slightly more than $1 million. Forty percent would go to her lawyer, she said.

Two issues remain unsettled, however. One is the non-publicity pact that Nelson said she refuses to accept.

College football

A van carrying seven freshmen from the University of Washington team collided head-on with a car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 5 in Ashland, Ore.

The driver of the car was killed, and two people in the van were injured seriously.

One of the players, Richard Washington, 18, of Long Beach, Calif., was in serious condition at Providence Hospital in Medford. A girl in the van, Adraenne Jamison, 17, no hometown available, was in serious condition at Rogue Valley Memorial Hospital, also in Medford.


Jose-Maria Olazabal of Spain shot a 3-under 68 to hold his lead in the Epson Grand Prix of Europe in Chepstow, Wales, with a 36-hole score of 132.

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