SELANNE SIGNS: Teemu Selanne, the NHL leader with 50 goals, signed a two-year contract extension with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks Thursday.
The extension means Selanne is under contract with the team through the 2001-2002 season.
Contract terms weren't announced, but XTRA radio in San Diego, quoting sources, reported Selanne will receive about $7 million in each year of the extension.
INNOCENT PLEA: Two former Northwestern University athletes and a suspected gambler pleaded not guilty Thursday in a point-shaving scandal at the Big 10 school.
Dewey Williams, a former Wildcat basketball player, and Brian Irving, an accused bettor on Big 10 games, entered pleas in U.S. District Court.
Brian Ballarini, a former football player at Northwestern, was charged in a separate indictment with running a campus bookmaking operation. He was also charged with threatening former basketball player Kenneth Dion Lee to get him to pay gambling debts.
ONE MORE YEAR FOR DAVIS: Iowa coach Tom Davis, whose team missed the NCAA tournament and then made a quick exit from the NIT, said Friday he will retire after next season.
Just last week, Davis said he planned to return for the 1998-99 season, the final year of his 10-year contract, but athletic director Bob Bowlsby had been silent on the matter.
Davis, who appeared at a news conference with Bowlsby, said he had considered resigning, but "I thought this would give certain members of my staff an extra year to figure out" what to do.
DUNCAN TOPS AGAIN: Tim Duncan was selected NBA Rookie of the Month for a fifth straight time on Thursday.
The San Antonio Spurs' 7-foot center-forward is the only one to win that honor this season and is on course to become just the third player to sweep the rookie award through an entire season. Ralph Sampson and David Robinson managed that feat, Sampson in 1983-84 and Robinson in 1989-90.
Duncan averaged 23.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assist and 2.25 blocked shots in March.
WARGO LEADS TRADITION: Snow, hail and freezing rain aren't exactly ideal golf conditions, especially in the Sonoran desert.
It was a sight, however, that brought a smile to Tom Wargo's face as The Tradition got under way Thursday.
Wearing that smile and a short-sleeve shirt, Wargo shot a 4-under-par 68 to take a 1-shot lead in the tourney that is one of four majors on the Senior PGA Tour.
David Graham, Hale Irwin and Spain's Jose Maria Canizares shot 69s on Desert Mountain's 6,972-yard Cochise Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus.
DAY LEADING FREEPORT: Glen Day played the first round of the Freeport-McDermott Classic like a man anxious to get to the pool table, or maybe Augusta.
No one came close to Day's early round of 64 - 8-under par and two strokes off the course record
Day made eight birdies on the first 12 holes, then played steady par over the final six.
A victory this week would give the career non-winner a $306,000 payday and a spot in The Masters next week.
CUBAN SEEKS ASYLUM: Jorge Luis Toca, one of four Cuban baseball players who recently defected and are being detained in the Bahamas, is accepting an offer of asylum from Japan.
The 23-year-old first baseman qualified for a visa because his wife, Miyo Toca Gomez, is Japanese. He had been hoping for asylum from Costa Rica, said George Stewart, director general of foreign affairs, but finally decided to accept Japan's offer.
Toca, three other baseball players and a coach fled Cuba by boat on March 19. They were detained in the Bahamas and face repatriation to Cuba unless a third country grants them asylum.