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Alabama's Sanderson to resign, report says

Alabama basketball coach Wimp Sanderson has decided to resign and will make it official next week, a newspaper reported yesterday, making him eligible for an annual pension of $75,000.


Sanderson, 54, who was accused of striking his longtime secretary, Nancy Watts, in March, will announce his resignation Monday after a three-decade-long tenure in which he became the school's all-time winningest coach, The Birmingham News said.

Pro basketball


Louisiana State center Shaquille O'Neal wants to play for one of the Los Angeles teams, and because neither is in the NBA draft lottery, he is considering threatening to sit out the season to force a trade, the Los Angeles Times reported. O'Neal, who is virtually assured of being the No. 1 pick, couldn't be reached for comment.

* Dan Issel is the choice of general manager Bernie Bickerstaff to be the Denver Nuggets' new coach, The Rocky Mountain News reported.


Earl Banks, who spent 1960 to 1987 at Morgan State, the last 14 as athletic director, was one of 10 people selected for %J induction into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Banks also served as football coach, compiling a 96-31-2 record. The honorees will be inducted June 9 in Marco Island, Fla.


Tickets for the Johns Hopkins-Towson State NCAA tournament quarterfinal game tomorrow (8 p.m.) at Minnegan Stadium are available at Towson Center, Hopkins' Newton White Athletic Center, Hecht Co. stores and TicketMaster. Tickets are $6. Call (410) 830-2244 (Towson State) or (410) 516-7490 (Johns Hopkins).


The Washington Redskins agreed to a two-year lease extension at RFK Stadium, ending a period of uncertainty about where the Super Bowl champions would play next season. The " Redskins will continue to search for a site for a new facility.


* San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana underwent "minor" surgery on his right elbow to loosen annoying adhesions. He is expected to resume training, including throwing, within the next to or three weeks, the team said.


Connie Petracek overcame fatigue caused by mononucleosis earn an Olympic berth at the women's air-pistol trials in Chino, Calif., with 1904.6 points. Libby Callahan of Upper Marlboro finished second, with 1881.4. Darius Young and Ben Amonette earned men's Olympic berths.


Cindy Coburn-Carroll won three matches to take the stepladder finals of the Women's International Bowling Congress' Queens Tournament in Lansing, Mich.



Jim Courier and Pete Sampras, the top two seeds, continued their march toward a possible all-American final at the Italian Open in Rome by beating Sergi Bruguera of Spain and Goran Prpic of Croatia, respectively.

* Top seed Steffi Graf advanced to the quarterfinals of the Berlin Open by beating Helena Sukova, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.


Heavyweight Tommy Morrison stopped Art Tucker in the second round in Atlantic City, N.J.


German marathon runner Iris Biba was suspended by the German Athletics Federation after testing positive for anabolic steroids. Biba has said she apparently took the steroid Stanozol by mistake, instead of the sleeping tablets that were given to her by her coach.


Auto racing

Three-time Formula One champion Nelson Piquet of Brazil, whose bid for his first Indianapolis start ended in a crash on May 7, underwent more surgery Wednesday. Doctors reported they implanted skin grafts on both feet and his left ankle during 6 1/2 hours of surgery. Piquet was listed in good condition.


Alessandro Melli scored in the final minute of the first half and Marco Osio scored 15 minutes into the second half, as Parma upset Juventus of Turin, 2-0, in Parma and won the Italian Cup for the first time.

* Krassimir Balakov scored with 29 minutes left and Emil Kostadinov added two goals in the final 20 minutes, as Bulgaria beat Finland, 3-0, in Helsinki, Finland, in a qualifying game for the 1994 World Cup.



Steven Richardson of England rolled in five birdie putts on the back nine to shoot a course-record 7-under-par 65 and take the lead after the first round of the Spanish Open in Madrid.