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July 27, 2000

Soccer

Brazil's Ronaldo reportedly considers playing with MLS

Brazilian soccer great Ronaldo is considering a stint with Major League Soccer as a means of returning from an injury, Italy's leading sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported yesterday.

The MLS says it has been in contact with the agent for the Brazilian soccer great, but there are no plans for Ronaldo to join the league.

Ronaldo plays for Internazionale of Milan. The Italian club already has rebuffed Ronaldo's suggestion that he play temporarily for Rio de Janeiro's Flamengo before returning to the more difficult competition of Italy's top league.

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Peru held Uruguay to a 0-0 draw in Montevideo.

Boxing

Tyson reportedly in line for Sept. fight in Mich.

Promoters say they are working on plans for a September fight between Mike Tyson and David Izon at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan.

The fight would be Sept. 8 or 9, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News reported today.

Horse racing

Gold Mover wins by neck in Saratoga filly opener

Gold Mover raced to a neck victory in the 83rd running of the $108,200, Grade II sprint for 2-year-old fillies, feature race of the opening day program at Saratoga in New York.

Gold Mover covered six furlongs in 1 minute, 11.1 seconds on the fast track to remain undefeated in four career starts.

SUSPENSION: Jockey Hector Rosario has received a stay pending an appeal of a 10-day suspension for careless riding in the first race at Belmont Park Saturday, it was announced by the New York stewards.

College football

Davis, leading rusher for N.C., is dismissed

Daniel Davis, North Carolina's leading rusher last season, was dismissed from the football team for failure to meet team obligations, coach Carl Torbush said.

"It is unfortunate it has come to this step because Daniel joined our program with great expectations, but we have told Daniel that he will not be a member of our football program this year," Torbush said. "Daniel knew he had to meet certain standards we expect of our players and his failure to do so has resulted in this action."

Davis, a rising sophomore from Stafford, Va., rushed for 303 yards on 69 carries in eight games, averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

ARIZONA STATE: Senior quarterback Ryan Kealy was suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Coach Bruce Snyder would not elaborate on the nature of the violation, but school officials said interim athletic director Christine Wilkinson was aware of the suspension and supported Snyder's decision.

Hockey

Canucks sign Essensa; Burr announces retirement

The Vancouver Canucks signed unrestricted free-agent goalie Bob Essensa away from the Phoenix Coyotes.

Essensa, 35, had a 13-10-3 record in 30 games last season with the Coyotes. He posted a 2.78 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage with one shutout.

In 398 career NHL games with the Winnipeg-Phoenix franchise, Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers, Essensa is 155-159-44. For his career, he has a 3.07 career goals-against average, .896 save percentage and 17 shutouts.

AVALANCHE: Colorado signed center Stephane Yelle and defenseman Eric Messier. Both were restricted free agents.

RETIREMENT: Shawn Burr, a veteran of 13 NHL seasons, announced his retirement. Burr spent nine full seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, two with the Lightning and two with the Sharks. He played four games with Tampa Bay last season before being sent to the minors.

Tennis

Corretja, Costa gain third round in Austria

Alex Corretja of Spain beat Fernando Gonzales of Chile, 6-1, 6-2, in the second round of the $700,000 Generali Open in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Corretja, seeded second, is looking for his second title in two weeks.

Seventh-seeded Albert Costa of Spain beat France's Paul Henri Mathieu, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

MERCEDES-BENZ CUP: Just three days removed from his part in the United States' third-worst Davis Cup defeat, Jan-Michael Gambill shook off jet lag to beat Cecil Mamiit, 6-3, 6-2, in Los Angeles. Gambill lost two singles matches on clay as Spain stunned a weakened American squad, 5-0, the first time in 101 years that the United States was beaten so badly without the Davis Cup title on the line.

Pro basketball

Mohammed's father found dead in Chicago

Alhaji Mohammed, the father of 76ers player Nazr Mohammed, was found dead at his auto parts business in Chicago.

Police say the death is being treated as a homicide.

ERVING AUTOPSY: A final report on the autopsy of Cory Erving, 19-year-old son of basketball great Julius Erving, is being delayed at the request of the Seminole (Fla.) County Sheriff's Office.

Et cetera

Cecil Kirk 17-under boys win basketball title

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