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BRIEFLY : FISHER SET FOR SAN DIEGO ST.?

Byline: Daily News Wire Services

Steve Fisher, whose career as Michigan's coach ended as abruptly as it began, reportedly is on the verge of being hired to take over San Diego State's sad-sack program. The deal could be finalized as soon as this weekend, Fox Sports News reported, citing unnamed sources.

Fisher, an assistant with the NBA's Sacramento Kings, did not return two phone calls placed to his room at a Los Angeles-area hotel. The Kings are scheduled to play the Lakers tonight.

Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw, already the first three-time All-American in women's basketball, achieved another breakthrough when she became the first to repeat as Associated Press Player of the Year.

Carolyn Peck, who has her team in contention for the national championship in her second and final season at Purdue, was selected Coach of the Year.

An internal Northeastern University investigation turned over in a court battle over the sudden death of Boston Celtics player Reggie Lewis found no evidence that he used cocaine in college. In a motion filed in the medical malpractice case, lawyers for Lewis' estate said ``every credible witness with personal knowledge states unequivocally before the Northeastern Commission that Reggie Lewis never used cocaine.''

The 1996 report has become central to the battle over responsibility over the 27-year-old Lewis' death in July 1993.

The 27-year-old athlete had collapsed during a playoff game at Boston Garden three months before his death. A team of New England Baptist Hospital doctors diagnosed him with a life-threatening heart ailment and warned that his career was in jeopardy.

FOOTBALL: Any doubts that the Cleveland Browns are seriously thinking about taking Oregon quarterback Akili Smith with the first pick in the draft can be dispelled. Smith became the first possible top draft choice to interview in Berea, Ohio, when he flew into town - first class.

WINTER SPORTS: Jeff Greenwood of Granby, Conn., competing on the mountain where he learned to ski, tore through the second run to win the men's U.S. snowboard slalom title by seven-hundredths of a second in Ludlow, Vt.

SOCCER: It's no surprise, but NATO's bombing runs in Eastern Europe have affected sport. European soccer's governing body, UEFA, called off a European 2000 qualifying match in Glasgow, Scotland, because the Bosnia-Herzegovina team had trouble leaving its country.

The Saturday match against Scotland was rescheduled for Aug. 18.

UEFA's statement said Bosnia-Herzegovina had to close its airspace to civil flights in view of NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia, making it impossible for the team to fly to Scotland.

UEFA earlier postponed three other matches: Saturday's Yugoslavia-Croatia and Macedonia-Republic of Ireland matches, as well as a match between Macedonia and Yugoslavia scheduled for March 31.

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Photo: Tennessee's star senior Chamique Holdsclaw keeps gathering honors.

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Title Annotation:SPORTS
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Mar 26, 1999
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