OREGON PLAYER CHARGED: A University of Oregon football player has been charged with threatening to bring a bomb into a state office because a clerk refused to void his parking fines.
Davis Michael Sanchez, 24, was arraigned Friday in Lane County Circuit Court on two counts of attempted coercion. He was released from jail after posting $1,500 bail.
Sanchez, who racked up $580 in parking fines, claimed it was all a joke. But Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti said the senior had been suspended from the team indefinitely because of a violation of team rules.
EAGLES' MAMULA OUT: Philadelphia defensive end Mike Mam-ula underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee early Saturday after the Eagles' exhibition game against Pittsburgh on Friday night.
Dr. Arthur Bartolozzi, the team orthopedist who performed the sur-gery, said Mamula will need six to nine months to heal.
ETHIOPIAN GETS TOO PUSHY: In a rare finish to a race, first-place finisher Tisfye Bekegir of Ethiopia was disqualified for pushing and shoving spectators during the New York Road Runners Club Manhattan Half-Marathon Saturday in Central Park.
As a result, Jerod Neas of Princeton, N.J., the first U.S. finisher in the New York City Marathon last November, was declared the winner of the 13.1-mile race.
Bekegir took out his anger at some people who were on the course walking, bicycling, skating or roller blading, thus blocking his progress.
COED TEAMS NEEDED: Ri-ver-ton City is still accepting signups for a Monday night coed slowpitch league to begin play on Aug. 24. Fee is $170. For information call 254-0704 or 254-2969.
UTAH TEAM FINISHES FOURTH: The Mony fast pitch team achieved a fourth-place finish at the 19-and-under USSSA world tournament in Richmond, Va., recently. The team consists of players from Copper Hills, Bingham, Jordan, Taylorsville, Highland and Mount Vernon high schools. Mony placed two players on the all-tournament team, shortstop Hana Michiue and catcher Lindsey Martinez.
TRYOUT SCHEDULED: The Titans 16-and-under girls fast pitch team will hold a tryout Monday at 6:30 p.m. Call coach Paul Larsen, 272-1926, for details.
SAMPRAS REACHES ATP FINALS: Pete Sampras overcame a determined attack by Sweden's Magnus Larsson on Saturday night in Mason, Ohio, to reach the ATP Championship finals for the second consecutive year.
Sampras celebrated a hard-fought, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 victory in the 1-hour, 34-minute match by raising his arms to the cheers of the crowd. This victory took almost twice as long as Sampras' 48-minute defeat of Vince Spadea on Friday.
Sampras, the tournament's top seed, will defend his ATP title on Sunday against Patrick Rafter, who earlier on Saturday beat Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-5, 6-0. Rafter, coming off a victory last week in Toronto, is the first Australian to reach the ATP final since the tournament began in 1979.
Sampras can regain the No. 1 world ranking if he wins Sunday's final in the $2.45 million tournament.
HINGIS, DAVENPORT IN FINALS: A red-faced Martina Hingis huffed and puffed chasing down Arantxa Sanchez Vicario's shots in a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 semifinal victory Saturday at the Acura Classic in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Hingis blew a 3-0 lead in the first set, then rebounded from a 1-3 deficit in the second. The Swiss teen-ager broke Sanchez Vicario twice in winning the match's final three games.
No. 2 seed Lindsay Davenport beat fourth-seeded Monica Seles 6-4, 6-2 in 59 minutes Saturday night to reach her third final in as many weeks. Davenport won titles at Stanford and San Diego, where she notched her first career victory over Seles, also in the semifinals.
BURTON WINS PEPSI 200: Starting from the pole proved to be the key for Jeff Burton, who won the Busch Grand National Pepsi 200 at Michigan Speedway on Saturday in Brooklyn, Mich.
Burton, one of 12 drivers breaking the speedway record of 175.511 mph set last year by Hermie Sadler, held off NASCAR regular Bobby Labonte by .225 seconds with an average speed of 167.910 mph for his second Grand National victory this season and eighth of his career.