NDIAYE WANTS TO MOVE ON: Makhtar Ndiaye says it's time to move on.

Ndiaye, the North Carolina senior center who admitted that he lied when he said a Utah player had directed a racial slur at him during the national semifinal, said Monday night that he's trying to put that incident in the past.

"It was just stressful," Ndiaye said of the criticism. "It is behind me now, and I'm looking forward to my after-college (life)."

Ndiaye claimed Utah's Britton Johnsen used a racial epithet during North Carolina's loss March 28 in San Antonio. Two days after the game, Ndiaye admitted that Johnsen hadn't used the slur. Johnsen said Ndiaye spit on him, an accusation Ndiaye has denied.


SNEAD HOSPITALIZED: Three-time Masters champion Sam Snead was hospitalized, missing the Masters champions dinner in Augusta, Ga., after the 85-year-old golfing legend reportedly had a mini-stroke, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

Snead, 85, was listed in fair condition at Augusta's University Hospital, said nursing supervisor Bob-bie Clark. Snead was being held in a 24-hour observation room at the hospital.


ASU HIRES EVANS: Rob Evans, who paid his dues during 24 years as an assistant and then oversaw a huge turnaround at Mississippi, was hired as Arizona State's coach.

Evans, 51, replaces Don Newman, who took over as interim coach after Bill Frieder's resignation in the face of a federal point-shaving investigation involving two of his former players. The selection was made a week after Utah's Rick Majerus spurned a $1 million a year offer.

DUQUESNE FIRES COACH: Duquesne fired coach Scott Edgar and said it would honor the final year of his contract. Edgar was 29-55 at the school, including a 11-19 mark last season.


BAUSCH & LOMB CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Amelia Island, Fla., Russian teen star Anna Kournikova routed Germany's Wiltrud Probst 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the Bausch & Lomb Championships.

Defending champion Lindsay Davenport beat France's Alexia Dechaume Balleret 6-0, 6-2, and Monica Seles led Meike Babel 6-3, 1-2 when the German retired because of food poisoning.

SALEM OPEN: At Hong Kong, Michael Chang, a three-time winner of the Salem Open and the defending champion, was beaten in the opening round of the tournament, losing to Christian Vinck of Germany 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.


CUBAN DEFECTOR GOES TO JAPAN: Cuban defector Jorge Luis Toca, held for more than two weeks in a detention center in the Bahamas, was on his way to Japan after accepting an offer of asylum.


FRAZIER ARRESTED: Former heavyweight champion Joe Fra-zier, 54, was arrested in Philadelphia for drunken driving after being pulled over for driving erratically.


NEDVED SIGNS WITH IHL'S THUNDER: NHL holdout Petr Ned-ved signed with the Las Vegas Thunder of the International Hockey League. Nedved, 26, holding out from the Pittsburgh Penguins, had 33 goals and 71 points in 74 games last season.


CARDS ACQUIRE MURRELL: The Arizona Cardinals acquired running back Adrian Murrell from the New York Jets for a third-round draft pick. Murrell rushed for 1,249 yards in 1996 and had 1,086 yards last season.