Football

LT ARRESTED: Lawrence Taylor, the former New York Giants star linebacker, was arrested in a roundup of deadbeat parents in Bergen County, N.J.

After spending about 10 hours in jail Tuesday, Taylor was released after he paid $6,000 to cover an overdue child-support payment and an outstanding motor-vehicle charge.

Taylor's lawyer, Thomas Melani, said the former football player has been trying to reduce the $12,000 a year he pays to his son and the $50,000 he pays to former wife Deborah and their three children.

Boxing

CARBAJAL CALLS OFF COMEBACK: Michael Carbajal, who retired in July after a bloody title loss, is calling off a comeback fight because of an injured right hand.

Carbajal, 30, was scheduled to meet Mexico's Rafael Orozco on May 30 in a flyweight bout at the Grand Olympic in Los Angeles.

Hockey

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Sweden and Finland won their opening semifinal games in the World Championships, moving one step closer to a title showdown.

Peter Forsberg scored two goals as Sweden beat Switzerland 4-1, and Ville Peltonon scored his fourth goal of the tournament to lead Finland to a 4-1 victory over Olympic champion Czech Republic.

Baseball

METS ACQUIRE WILKINS: The New York Mets acquired catcher Rick Wilkins from the Seattle Mariners for left-hander Lindsay Gulin.

WRITER MUGGED: A baseball writer from Atlanta was mugged by two men in the parking garage at Cinergy Field, with the attackers eluding at least one Braves player who went in pursuit.

Horse racing

PREAKNESS CASUALTIES: Halory Hunter broke down, and Indian Charlie didn't shape up. So both colts are out of the Preakness on Saturday.

Halory Hunter, fourth in the Kentucky Derby, fractured the cannon bone in his left front leg during a workout at Pimlico.

Football

AIKMAN HAS CANCEROUS MOLE REMOVED: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman had a cancerous mole removed from his upper back last week.

The growth on the back of Aikman's left shoulder was a malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. A biopsy performed last week by Dr. Jerald Sklar determined the mole was cancerous.

Tennis

ITALIAN OPEN: At Rome, top-ranked Pete Sampras, preparing for the French Open, beat Sweden's Thomas Enqvist 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in the first round of the Italian Open. Chile's Marcelo Rios beat Italy's Marzio Martelli 6-3, 6-0.

GERMAN OPEN: At Berlin, second-seeded Lindsay Davenport, playing her first tournament on European clay this season, beat Slovakia's Henrieta Nagyova 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in the second round of the German Open.

Basketball

HEAT MIGHT SIGN ALBERT: The Miami Heat reportedly are interested in signing Marv Albert as a broadcaster for their TV games.

"The Heat already have put out `informal and preliminary' feelers to Albert," the Daily News reported today.

TARPLEY IN JAIL: Former Dallas Mavericks star Roy Tarpley was in the Denton County (Texas) Jail, charged with aggravated assault and failure to appear in court.