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Stith rallies No. 21 Virginia
past No. 11 Pitt, 84-80

Bryant Stith returned from an ankle injury and scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half to rally No. 21 Virginia to an 84-80 victory over 11th-ranked Pittsburgh in the opening game of the ACC-Big East Challenge at Richmond, Va.

Virginia (4-2) took the lead for good on a spinning 12-foot jumper by Stith that made it 73-71 with 4:10 left. His three-pointer with 2:30 left gave the Cavaliers a 76-72 lead, and Pittsburgh (4-1) never drew closer.

The Cavaliers, who were playing their sixth game in 11 days, also got 18 points from John Crotty and 15 from Kenny Turner.

Jason Matthews led the Panthers with 24 points. Sean Miller added 11.

Stith went down while battling several players for a rebound midwy through the first half. The Cavaliers' top scoring threat, who already had eight points, needed to be assisted from the floor with what was diagnosed as a sprained right ankle.

Stith started the second half and scored eight consecutive points at one stretch to rally the Cavaliers from a 52-44 deficit.

No. 4 Syracuse (4-0) is paired off against North Carolina State (3-0) in one of two ACC-Big East Challenge games tonight at the Carrier Dome. Seton Hall (2-1) plays Clemson (4-0) in the other game.

At Indianapolis, Darin Archbold scored 19 points, making all 10 of his free throws, as Butler (3-2) shocked Notre Dame, 91-77. Notre Dame (2-5), playing without point guard Tim Singleton, dropped its fifth straight game.

Kentucky enters Top 25;
UNLV still 1st in cage poll

In the Associated Press poll released Monday, Kentucky entered the Top 25. It was the first time Kentucky had been ranked since the final poll of the 1987-88 season. Kentucky (3-0) is serving the second year of an NCAA two-year probation that prohibits post-season play.

UNLV remained No. 1 in the poll. Besides Kentucky, two other teams joined the Top 25 this week -- No. 21 South Carolina and No. 24 Temple.

Agassi eligibility uncertain
for Grand Slam Cup event

The International Tennis Federation has yet to decide whether to allow American Andre Agassi back into its Grand Slam Cup, a spokesman said.

The world's No. 4 player orignally signed to play in next week's $6-million tournament, but then pulled out.

Last Friday he said he would reluctantly take part in the competition in Munich because of the threat of being barred from one or more of next year's grand slam tournaments for reneging on his committment.

But an ITF spokesman said the Grand Slam committee had not decided whether to let him back in or call up Brad Gilbert to play in his place.

"The first question is whether its more fair to move ahead with Brad Gilbert or hold Brad and let Andre back in," Bill Babcock said.

The Cup, with a first prize of $2 million, will feature Grand Slam champions Ivan Lendl, Andres Gomez, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras. Boris Becker and John McEnroe were among stars who declined to play.

Sanchez Vicario, Fernandez
post exhibition victories

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain and Mary Joe Fernandez of the United States won their opening matches of a women's three-day indoor exhibition tennis tournament at Madrid.

Vicario beat Rafaella Reggi of Italy, 6-4, 6-4, and Fernandez defeated Conchita Martinez of Spain, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.

Vicario will meet Jennifer Capriati of the United States, and Fernandez will play Monica Seles of Yugoslavia today, with the winners moving into Wednesday's finals.

German drug scandal grows
with athletes' admissions

A swimmer from former East Germany admitted taking drugs, part of a growing scandal that is shaking the sports in united Germany and threatening to cut off support from rich sponsors.

The merger of the two German states allowed former West Germany to inherit the highly successful East German sports program.

It also left sports officials in western Germany to cope with allegations that many East German stars regularly took performance-enhancing drugs.

But the scandal struck closer to home Monday with allegations that some track and field athletes from former West Germany also used drugs over the years.

The German track and field federation called an emergency session for Wednesday to discuss the allegations, published in two German magazines within the last week.

Raik Hannemann, a swimmer from East Germany who won a silver medal in the 200-meter medley at the 1989 European Championships, admitted Monday that he took performance-enhancing drugs.

"We all took them (anabolic steroids)," Hannemann wrote in a bylined article in a Berlin newspaper.

"I admit that I experimented with several drugs, because I was after privileges, such as an apartment, a place in a university and a car," Hannemann wrote.

East Germany's former communist government richly awarded successful athletes and gave them privileges widely unavailable to ordinary citizens.

Jochen Spilker resigned Monday as coach of western Germany's 400-meter female runners after allegations in the newsmagazine Der Spiegel accused him of giving steroids to his athletes.

"Regardless whether the allegations raised by Spiegel are tenable or not, I feel that the basis for my work has been removed," Spilker said in a statement.

Spiegel's report alleged that several women sprinters from former West Germany had taken anabolic steroids for years.

Sabres' draft pick May
wins junior league honor

Brad May, the Buffalo Sabres' No. 1 draft pick last June, was named the Ontario Hockey League's Player of the Week after collecting seven goals and four assists in three games with the Niagara Falls Thunder. The outburst included two hat tricks.

May underwent reconstructive surgery during the offseason after suffering a serious knee injury while attending a prospects camp in Canada. He debuted with the Thunder on Thanksgiving night and was held scoreless twice before his rampage began.

May's quick starts has drawn the notice of scouts for Canada's World Junior Team. Final selections are scheduled for sometime this week.

CAGE CALENDAR

Canisius, the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College all play at home tonight as Western New York's college basketball season moves into high gear.

Canisius (1-1), coming off a heartbreaking loss to Xavier, should have an easier time tonight when its meets Division III Elmira at 7:30 in the Koessler Athletic Center.

Also in non-conference play, the University at Buffalo entertains Mercy College at 8 p.m. in Alumni Arena. The Bulls (2-2) are coming off a 72-61 victory over Gannon in the consolation game of the Pocono Classic.

Buffalo State (2-1) will be looking for its third straight victory and its second straight in the State University conference play when it meets Oswego State at 8 p.m. in Houston Gym.

Meanwhile, Niagara takes to the road to face Fairleigh Dickenson in a non-conference game. The Eagles (1-2) were bruised by St. John's, 66-49, their last time out.

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