Quarterback Gary Danielson of the Cleveland Browns, former NFL star Dick Butkus and sports agent Edward W. Keating say they were swindled by a suburban Columbus, Ohio, man promising 40 percent return on their investments, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

Karl Victor Meese, 46, has pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud and wire fraud, and, the newspaper said, has agreed to plead guilty to more. The newspaper said a coal-mine deal cost Keating, his company and his clients $450,000. The clients were Butkus, former NFL star Jim Kiick, pitcher Dennis Eckersley of the Chicago Cubs and outfielder Rick Manning of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The West Virginia mine that Keating's group invested in had been sold twice previously by a man Meese knew, and the coal company that was to do the mining was in receivership and had no current lease on the mineral rights, the newspaper said.

To give himself credibility, The Plain Dealer said, Meese befriended Ohio State University football players.

He partied with them, bought them drinks and presents, then used their tickets to Ohio State games to entertain potential investors. Chuck Hunter, a former tight end on the team, said Meese paid face value for the tickets and that no players violated NCAA rules . . .

Anthony Webster, 23, of Kansas City, Mo., a forward on Bradley University's basketball team in 1981-84, says a school official helped some players get free access to cars, the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star reported.

Webster said the used cars were supplied by Honda World in Peoria and the former Bill Clasen Ford in Morton.

The players paid only for the gas they put in the cars, Webster said. An official of the Honda dealership, Joe Messmore, had said the NCAA had talked to him in July . . .

John Williams, 24, the 6-foot-10 former basketball star at Tulane University, will go on trial for the second time today in New Orleans.

He is accused of shaving points in two Tulane games last year and conspiring to fix another. The first trial ended in a mistrial last summer.

Williams figured to be a first-round NBA draft choice a year ago. Instead, he ended up playing for the Rhode Island Gulls of the U.S. Basketball League for $15,000 -- about 5 percent of what he might have made in the NBA. If convicted on all courts, he could be sentenced to 17 years in prison and be fined $35,000.


President Juan Antonio Samaranch of the International Olympic Committee said he expects an agreement in principle to be reached this week on North Korea's request to compete in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

But, he said, in return, the North Koreans would have to open their frontier "to all the Olympic family."

About tennis at Seoul, Samaranch said he had been meeting with International Tennis Federation President Philippe Chartrier and that Chartrier insisted the competition be open to all players.

"I don't envision a tourney without the best players," Samaranch said. "I'm not saying all the best, but some of them."


The University of Florida's athletic director, Bill Carr, 40, whose football program is in its second year of a three-year NCAA probation with sanctions, will resign today after seven years at the school.

The university president, Marshall Criser, called the resignation voluntary and said he and Carr had discussed it for several months.

"I think he wants to do things outside of his present field," Criser said. "On Thursday he agreed this would be the best time to do it. This is the time when there is quiet, no problems."

Criser said he had not decided whether to promote from within or conduct a national search for a new athletic director.


In Leningrad, Igor Kazanov, 23, of the Soviet Union set a European 110-meter hurdles record of 13.14 seconds, knocking 0.14 seconds off Guy Drut's record of Aug. 23, 1975 . . .

In South Shields, England, Kenya's Mike Musyoki set a world best for the half marathon, completing the 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields in 60 minutes 43 seconds. He beat the previous world best of 60:55, held by Mark Curp of the United States . . .

In Indianapolis, Dale Ormsby said he believes daughter Kathy, 21, can cope with being paralyzed. She is the runner from North Carolina State who jumped from a bridge after she left a 10,000-meter race at the NCAA track and field championships.

"She's been in some pain as they moved her around a bit, but she has been very talkative," Dale Ormsby said. "Kathy always has tended to be an overachiever and puts a tremendous amount on herself. I can't help but believe that somewhere in the race this had to be a factor. I believe, though, that it had something to do with the pressure that is put on young people to succeed."

"She knows we understand," said Connie Joe Robinson, one of several teammates who stopped at the hospital. "Nothing needs to be explained. They just said we're praying for her and gave her cards. They didn't need to know why. They know why. We're all in the same boat. We feel the same pressure."


Landon School finished third in the eight-team U.S. Tennis Association Interscholastic team championships at Duke University. University School of Cleveland won. The individual segment will start today . . .

Jim Montgomery, 43, of Herndon won the ages 35-44 Virginia State Championship cycling race in Norfolk, followed by Ed Cottrell, also of Herndon, and Bob Schneider of Arlington. All are members of the Fuji Suntour Racing Team.

In the Maryland-Delaware championship cycling in Queen Anne, Md., Gunter Thomas, 47, of Bethesda won the the 45-plus race.