Connecticut -- According to sources in Israel, Gilad Katz, left-handed PG for the club team Maccabi-Tel Aviv, has made an oral commitment to attend the university. Katz reportedly was quoted in a Tel Aviv newspaper as saying he was influenced by the chance to be reunited with Connecticut F Nadav Henefeld, a friend and former teammate from Ramat-Hasharon, Israel. Katz reportedly would have two years of eligibility with the Huskies.

University of Washington -- Women's gymnastics coach Bob Ito, whose teams compiled a 179-74 record in dual meets over nine years, has been fired. Ito's contract expires June 30 and the school said it would not be renewed. "His performance record was not where we wanted it to be," said Mike Lude, athletic director.


Maryland Bays -- Waived G Stephen Pfeil.


New England Patriots -- DE Kenneth Sims, first pick in the 1982 draft, was released. The team said he failed to stay in proper physical shape. The move came 16 days after he was arrested for alleged possession of cocaine in Austin, Tex. The club said Sims reported out of shape to the team's April 30-May 25 minicamp.

Philadelphia Eagles -- Signed seven-year veteran FS Wes Hopkins to a one-year contract without an option.

World League of American Football -- Frankfurt (West Germany) has been granted a franchise, league president Tex Schramm announced. The team will play its home games in the Waldstadion, a 61,000-seat stadium that is home of the Eintracht soccer team. Frankfurt has a large American population, with U.S. military bases in nearby Rhein-Main and Wiesbaden. Frankfurt will join Barcelona; Montreal; Orlando, Fla.; Birmingham; San Antonio and Sacramento, Calif., in the WLAF, which plans to have 12 teams in its first season beginning in March.


Toronto Maple Leafs -- Re-signed D Luke Richardson, RW Lou Franceschetti and Cs Gilles Thibaudeau and Kent Hulst and came to terms with Mike Moes, a center from the University of Michigan. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.


Newport-Bermuda Race -- The sloop Boomerang of the New York Yacht Club emerged from the mist to be the first of 145 boats to cross the finish line near the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Boomerang's elapsed time after leaving Rhode Island was 87 hours 20 minutes. Its corrected time was 76:33. It was captain George Coumantaros's 19th Bermuda race. He has finished first twice before.