Johnson and Ogden Named All-Americans

From Staff and Wire Reports

USC wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson and UCLA offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden were named to the Associated Press All-American football team Wednesday along with quarterback Tommie Frazier, who led top-ranked Nebraska to its third consecutive undefeated regular season.

Johnson and Ogden are expected to be among the top picks in the NFL draft early next year. Johnson set a Pacific 10 Conference record with 90 receptions and an NCAA record with 12 consecutive 100-yard receiving games.

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Fresh off his fourth consecutive victory over Navy, Army Coach Bob Sutton was rewarded with a two-year contract.

Sutton's five-year record at West Point is 24-30-1.

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NCAA officials questioned outgoing Georgia Coach Ray Goff for two hours in an investigation of possible recruiting violations in the school's football program. The probe centers on whether Georgia committed major NCAA violations recruiting in south Florida during the 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95 academic years.

Tennis

After top-ranked Pete Sampras advanced to the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, Germany, he said he wants to skip the first round of Davis Cup competition next year. Sampras won two singles matches and combined with Todd Martin to win the doubles in the Cup final victory over Russia last weekend.

"The way I feel now about the first round is that I would rather not play," Sampras said after beating fellow American Patrick McEnroe, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1). "I'm not planning on playing the first [round of the] Davis Cup." The United States begins defense of the Cup at home against Mexico Feb. 9-11.

Meanwhile, Martin defeated Sergi Bruguera, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, to reach the quarterfinals; Andrei Medvedev defeated Aaron Krickstein, 6-2, 7-6 (10-8), and Yevgeny Kafelnikov defeated Renzo Furlan, 6-4, 6-1.

Baseball

Hal Morris decided to stay with the Cincinnati Reds for $5 million over two years, while the New York Yankees neared completion on their long-developing deal for Seattle first baseman Tino Martinez. Sources say the teams have agreed to a 3-for-2 deal, with another player going to New York and three players going to the Mariners. . . . The New York Mets agreed to a $5-million, two-year contract with shortstop Jose Vizcaino. Vizcaino, who earned $1,355,000 in 1995, gets $2.3 million next season and $2.7 million in 1997. . . . The Angels signed shortstop Dick Schofield to a minor league contract and invited him to attend spring training. Schofield played 12 late-season games for the Angels in 1995, batting .250. . . . The Baltimore Orioles said they won't offer arbitration to designated hitter Harold Baines and pitchers Jamie Moyer and Mark Eichhorn.

Auto Racing

The Indy Racing League announced the entries for its inaugural race next month, a lineup that will be without many of the sport's biggest names. CART, which sanctions the rival IndyCar series and includes the most prominent racing teams and drivers, has threatened to boycott the Indy 500 next May unless plans to award 25 of the 33 starting spots to IRL regulars are scrapped.

Names in the News

Arizona State track coach Leonard Braxton, under investigation for alleged NCAA infractions within his program, has resigned "in the best interests of the student athletes and the program." . . . Susan Bradley, the former bookkeeper accused of stealing $200,000 from horse trainers Craig Lewis and Bill Shoemaker, was sentenced to two years in state prison and restitution in Pasadena Superior Court under a plea bargain arrangement, according to Det. Bob Anderson of the Arcadia Police Department. . . . Mel Lowell, a Tampa Bay Lightning founding partner, has filed a $2-million lawsuit against the Japanese company controlling the team because he was denied access to critical financial information after he warned top team officials about overdue bills and shaky financial practices. . . . Annika Sorenstam was a near-unanimous choice as LPGA player of the year, Greg Norman won the PGA Tour award and Jim Colbert was voted the best of the senior tour, the Golf Writers Assn. of America announced. . . . Randy Lindros, a promising 15-year-old hockey player and cousin of NHL star Eric Lindros, died at his school in Kamloops, Canada, of an aortic aneurysm.

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