AIKMAN'S HOUSE BURNS: A fire at the new Plano, Texas, home of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman caused up to a quarter million dollars in damage, though firefighters took care to save his irreplaceable football memorabilia.

A three-alarm fire started in an attic over the garage around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Monique Cardwell, a spokeswoman for the Plano fire department.

Aikman moved into the $3.2 million home just a few weeks ago after it took more than two years to build. Aikman was not home at the time and there were no injuries.

Fire chief Bill Peterson said the blaze is not suspicious, but officials will investigate the cause.

WHITE SHOCKS LEGISLATURE WITH REMARKS: Reggie White shocked the Wisconsin Legislature, giving a nearly hourlong speech that included remarks on homosexuality, race and slavery that turned the Assembly's applause to stunned silence.

The Green Bay Packers defensive tackle, also an ordained minister, said the United States has gotten away from God, in part by allowing homosexuality to "run rampant." He said homosexuality is a sin, and the plight of gays and lesbians should not be compared to that of blacks.


EAGLESON RESIGNS FROM HALL: Alan Eagleson, once the most powerful man in hockey and now jailed for fraud, became the first member of a North American pro sports hall of fame to resign.

Eagleson resigned from the Hockey Hall of Fame six days before the hall's board was to vote on whether to expel him. Dozens of members of the hall, including Bobby Orr, Ted Lindsay and Brad Park, campaigned for Eagleson's ouster, even threatening to renounce their membership.

The head of the NHL Players Association from 1967 until he resigned under pressure in 1991, Eagleson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989 as one of the game's builders.


STOUDAMIRE STILL LIMPING: Damon Stoudamire says his injured ankle still is bothering him, but he may be back in the Portland lineup when the Trail Blazers meet the Vancouver Grizzlies on Thursday night.

"It's close," Stoudamire said Wednesday. "Whether I come back (tonight), I don't know. It depends on how I feel. I'm still trying to get it right, but it's been responding."

BLAZERS KEEP GRANT: The Portland Trail Blazers signed point guard Gary Grant to a contract for the rest of the season Wednesday.

Grant, a 10-year veteran, had signed two 10-day contracts with Portland after Damon Stoudamire sprained his right ankle. Grant, 32, has played in eight games with Portland, averaging 4.9 points, 4.0 assists and 18.4 minutes.

PITINO SIGNS EX-WILDCAT: Reggie Hanson, who played for Boston coach Rick Pitino at Kentucky, signed a 10-day contract with the Celtics on Wednesday.

Hanson, 29, was in his fifth season in the Japanese Basketball League. The 6-foot-8 forward played the last two of his four college seasons under Pitino and left Kentucky after the 1991 season.

The Celtics also placed Bruce Bowen (left foot) on the injured list.

ISSEL'S BACK: Facing a daunting reclamation project, Dan Issel returned to the Denver Nuggets as general manager. Issel, a Hall of Fame player for the Nuggets who also coached the team, replaces Allan Bristow, who was fired Feb. 4. Denver (8-62) is in danger of breaking the NBA futility record of 9-73 set by Philadelphia in 1972-73.

MCDONALD'S ALL-STAR GAME: Ronald Curry of nearby Hampton High School had 19 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists as the East beat the West 128-112 in the McDonald's All-American High School Game in Norfolk, Va. Curry said Tuesday that he will play basketball and football at North Carolina.


LIPTON CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Key Biscayne, Fla., Anna Kournikova extended her winning streak against top-10 players in the Lipton Championships, beating No. 2 Lindsay Davenport 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

Kournikova, 16, advanced to a semifinal match against No. 8 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Jana Novotna.

In men's quarters, Marcelo Rios closed within two wins of the No. 1 ranking by beating Thomas Enqvist, who hurt a wrist and retired trailing 6-3, 2-0. If Rios wins the tourney, he'll end Pete Sampras' 102-week reign at No. 1.


JONES TO FIGHT HILL: Roy Jones Jr., a former IBF middleweight and super middleweight champion, will face former WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion Virgil Hill on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on April 25.

The fight has a contract weight limit of 177 pounds, two pounds over the light-heavyweight limit. Jones is 35-1 with 30 knockouts.

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CHRIS TRICKLE DIES AT 25: Chris Trickle, a stock car driver who spent 13 months in a coma after being shot on a freeway overpass, died at Columbia Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. He was 25. Trickle, the nephew of Winston Cup driver Dick Trickle, was never able to fully come out of the coma.


BRAZIL BEATS GERMANY: At Stuttgart, Germany, Ronaldo scored on a spectacular run with two minutes remaining, giving World Cup champion Brazil a 2-1 victory over European champion Germany in an exhibition game.


U.S. ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Kristina Koznick was the best U.S. skier on the World Cup circuit this season. To no one's surprise, she proved to be the best on the final day of the U.S. Alpine Ski Championships in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Koznick summoned a World Cup-caliber performance on the second run of the women's slalom on Wednesday, outclassing the field and vividly illustrating the disparity between national and international competition.

Koznick's second run of 48.73 seconds was best by 1.34 seconds.

Gate specialist Sacha Gros won the men's slalom. The combined titles went to Julie Parisien and Dane Spencer.