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BRIEFLY : ADIDAS SIGNS PREP STAR TO $12 MILLION CONTRACT.

Adidas signed high school basketball player Tracy McGrady to a six-year endorsement agreement worth as much as $12 million, betting that he will become an NBA star.

The 6-foot-9 forward out of Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C., is skipping college to go directly to the NBA and is projected to be among the first 15 players taken in the June 25 draft.

TENNIS:Iva Majoli, indignant that as French Open champion she did not play on center court, was beaten 6-2, 7-5 by Natasha Zvereva on Wednesday in a grass-court event at Eastbourne, England. ``I'm the French Open champion, but they don't care,'' Majoli said. ``If my dog won the French Open, he'd play on center court. I guess I'm not good enough.''

Ladbrokes and William Hill, Britain's leading bookies, list Pete Sampras at 13-8 to win his fourth Wimbledon title in five years. Martina Hingis, the 16-year-old from Switzerland, is listed as a 4-6 odds-on favorite by William Hill. Ladbrokes has her at a slightly less favorable 5-4.

Meanwhile, sixth-seed Thomas Muster of Austria (hip injury) and Jennifer Capriati of the U.S. (leg injury) withdrew from the Wimbledon championships because of injuries, tournament officials said.

NFL: The Washington Redskins signed free-agent quarterback Jeff Hostetler, 36, a day after the veteran was released by the Oakland Raiders.

Wide receiver Andre Rison signed a two-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Florida's Elijah Williams was put on school probation and will miss the Gators' season opener over charges he obstructed an investigation into sexual assault. Williams, who is being switched from running back to cornerback, was the Gators' leading rusher the past three seasons.

Colorado was listed No. 1 in preseason rankings by the Sporting News College Football Yearbook. Rounding out magazine's top five are Penn State, Florida, Washington and Florida State. USC is ranked 20th.

NHL: The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed defenseman Kjell Samuelsson to a one-year contract.

Pierre Page is stepping down as coach of the Calgary Flames after becoming embroiled in a contract dispute with the team.

ALSO: The Galaxy's Mauricio Cienfuegos will start for the West in the second Major League Soccer All-Star Game on July 9 at Giants Stadium. Former Westlake High School star Eric Wynalda of the San Jose Clash also will start for the West.
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