Sports briefs

Published: Tuesday, April 29 1997 12:00 a.m. MDT

Baseball

ISINGHAUSEN'S TESTS: The New York Mets won't discuss a published report that a spot has been detected on pitcher Jason Isringhausen's lung.The New York Times reported today that the spot was found and more tests have been ordered for Isringhausen, who developed chest pains over the weekend. The report was based on unidentified sources.

General manager Joe McIlvaine said the team had no medical reports on Isringhausen, who is being tested in New York.

IRABU DEAL APPROVED: Baseball's ruling executive council voted to approve the New York Yankees' acquisition of negotiating rights to Hideki Irabu.

However, the Japanese pitcher and the Yankees still cannot negotiate until the deal is approved by Japan's commissioner's office.

Football

WASHINGTON SIGNS OTTON: The Washington Redskins signed former University of Southern California and Weber State University quarterback Brad Otton to a free agent contract.

Otton compiled a 16-7-1 record as the Trojans' starter and his 216 consecutive passes attempted without an interception is a Pacific-10 Conference and school record. As a senior, the 6-foot-6, 235-pound Otton completed 196-of-370 passes for 2,649 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Hockey

NHL INVESTIGATES ATTACK: The NHL is investigating an incident in which Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek attacked a writer Friday night.

Hasek, who apologized to Buffalo News reporter Jim Kelley, apparently was angry about a column questioning the severity of a knee injury that has sidelined the goalie since Game 3 of the playoff series against Ottawa.

U.S. DOWNS NORWAY: Ted Donato, Donald Brashear and Michael Sullivan scored goals as the United States beat Norway 3-1 to improve to 2-0 in Pool B play in the world championships in Turku, Finland. The United States and Sweden share first place in six-team group with four points each.

Tennis

AT&T CHALLENGE: Rain forced the suspension of play in the AT&T Challenge, one of just three U.S. clay-court events. Defending champion Michael Chang was scheduled to begin play today against Fernando Meligeni at Duluth, Ga.

BMW OPEN: Top-seeded Thomas Enqvist of Sweden beat Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the BMW Open in Munich, Germany. Australia's Mark Philippoussis beat Germany's Alexander Radulescu 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5).

CROATIAN OPEN: Christina Brandi of Bradenton, Fla., beat Noelle Van Lottum of France 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of the Croatian Open at Bol, Croatia.

Golf

WILSON DROPS DALY DEAL: In barely a month, John Daly lost his sobriety, his wife and his main endorsement deal, the final blow coming on his 31st birthday.

Daly, who emerged as a superstar when he won the 1991 PGA Championship, signed a 10-year deal with Wilson Golf in 1994 that reportedly paid him between $1 million and $3 million a year, depending on incentive clauses.

All that ended when Wilson broke the contract a month after the long-hitting winner of the 1995 British Open re-entered alcohol rehab following his withdrawal from The Player Championship the morning after a drinking binge landing Daly in a hospital.

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