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Terrapins' Steffy Aggravates Knee Injury During Practice

Friday, April 8, 2005; Page D02

University of Maryland sophomore Jordan Steffy, who is competing with juniors Sam Hollenbach and Joel Statham to be the starting quarterback, aggravated a knee injury during Tuesday's spring practice and did not practice yesterday. He is listed as day-to-day.

Steffy, who played in six games as a freshman last season, has been splitting repetitions with Hollenbach and Statham in a wide-open competition. As a backup to Statham last season, Steffy completed 12 of 32 passes for 132 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

Sophomore Jordan Steffy is in a three-way competition for the U-Md. starting quarterback job. (Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)

Steffy underwent knee surgery during the offseason and entered the spring in a virtual tie with Hollenbach at quarterback atop Coach Ralph Friedgen's depth chart. Statham is listed just behind. The Terrapins will hold 10 more practices, including two contact scrimmages, before the annual spring game April 30.

SOCCER: Security at next week's Champions League match between Juventus and Liverpool will be increased after Italian extremists circulated threats against English fans on the Internet.

The so-called "Ultras" are calling for retaliation for the Heysel Stadium tragedy, when 39 people -- mostly Juventus fans -- died in a stampede blamed on Liverpool fans at the 1985 Champions Cup final in Brussels.

During an emotional ceremony before Tuesday's first-leg quarterfinal in Liverpool, groups of Juventus fans turned their back to the field, made obscene gestures and shouted threatening slogans. Liverpool won the match, 2-1.

The second leg will be played Wednesday in Turin. . . .

Alan Shearer scored in the 37th minute in Newcastle's 1-0 victory over visiting Sporting Lisbon in an UEFA Cup first-leg quarterfinal. AZ Alkmaar won, 2-1, at Spain's Villarreal behind goals from Denny Landzaat and Robin Nelisse. Juan Roman Riquelme scored for the hosts, but also missed a penalty kick.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Junior swingman Kelenna Azubuike, Kentucky's leading scorer this past season, said he has signed with an agent and will forego his final season of eligibility. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Azubuike led the Wildcats by averaging 14.7 points and was second on the team in rebounding at 4.7.

• BOXING:Riddick Bowe, 37 and weighing 280 pounds -- some 40 more than in his prime, took a 10-round split decision over journeyman Billy Zumbrun in Temecula, Calif. Bowe improved to 42-1 with 33 knockouts; Zumbrun is 18-6-1. Bowe weighed 54 pounds more than the game Zumbrun and, at 6-feet-4 1/2, Bowe also towered over his 5-11 opponent.

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