Johnson accepts job on AIDS panelBasketball star...

Johnson accepts job on AIDS panel

Basketball star Magic Johnson yesterday accepted President Bush's request that he join the National Commission on AIDS, saying he wants to focus attention "on what all of us must do to fight this disease."


"I hope that my participation will help to increase the attention of the American people to the AIDS crisis and focus their awareness on what all of us must do to fight this disease," Johnson said in the letter released by the White House.



Defending champion Andre Agassi, top-seeded Jim Courier and Pete Sampras joined Ivan Lendl in the semifinals of the ATP Tour World Championships in Frankfurt, Germany.

In today's semifinals, Sampras plays Lendl and Agassi meets Courier.

* Top seed Monica Seles will face Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in today's semifinals of the $350,000 Virginia Slims of Philadelphia. No. 4 seed Jennifer Capriati will play second-seeded Gabriela Sabatini tonight.

* Unseeded 19-year-old Audra Keller, the only remaining American in the Jell-O Tennis Classic in Indianapolis, will meet two-time champion Katerina Maleeva of Bulgaria, the top seed, in today's final.

Figure skating

Rob McCall, who with partner Tracy Wilson formed one of Canada's most successful ice dancing teams, died at his Toronto home at age 33 after suffering from ailments including brain cancer during the past 20 months.

McCall and Wilson were seven-time Canadian ice dance champions, three-time world figure skating bronze medalists and winners of bronze medals at the 1988 Calgary Olympics.



Bill Elliott overcame Geoff Bodine for the pole position for the Hardee's 500 in a late shootout at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. Elliott's fast lap of 177.937 mph on the 1.522-mile oval bumped Bodine's 176.840 to the outside of the all-Ford Thunderbird front row for tomorrow's race.


Francesco Damiani of Italy, who meets heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in a title fight Nov. 23, missed his workout for treatment on his right ankle.

"He turned it while moving laterally working on the heavy bag yesterday," said Mike Boorman, publicist for Main Events.

Boorman said X-rays were negative and quoted Chandler as saying there was no reason Damiani won't be fighting next Saturday night.



Rodrick Rhodes, a senior at St. Anthony's in Jersey City, N.J., and rated one of the top high school forwards in the nation, signed a national letter of intent to play for Kentucky.

* A tape secretly made by former Auburn football player Eric Ramsey in 1990 includes segments in which Ramsey asks coach Pat Dye about a bank loan and says an assistant coach had been "helping" Ramsey, a newspaper reported.

The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser said Ramsey did not specifwhat kind of help he had gotten and that parts of the tape were vague in meaning and barely audible.

* Several items of memorabilia from Duke's 1991 Final Fouchampionship were taken from the trophy case at Cameron Indoor Stadium, including a game ball from the 1991 NCAA championship, one of the nets from the Hoosier Dome baskets and coach Mike Krzyzewski's 1991 Coach of the Year trophy from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.


Davis Love III birdied five of the last seven holes for a 7-under-par 66 and jumped into a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the $750,000 Kapalua (Hawaii) International.


* A U.S. seniors golf team won three matches and lost one to lead a Japanese team, 6-2, after the first round of the $550,000 Du Pont Cup Japan-United States team competition in Sawara, Japan.