Nadav Henefeld, a key member of the University of Connecticut basketball team, said he had signed to play with a team in his native Israel and would not return to the Big East school.

"It is very difficult for me to leave Connecticut, which was my second home," Henefeld said. "I talked with Connecticut's coach {Jim Calhoun} before deciding. They have a very good team and will continue very well without me."

Henefeld, 21, was the Big East freshman of the year last season and had two years of eligibility left. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds a game in helping the Huskies to the regional final of the NCAA tournament. . . .

The NCAA has determined that some University of Texas athletes broke NCAA rules against gambling and a few could be ruled ineligible, according to Janet Justus, NCAA director of eligibility.

However, Butch Worley, the school's assistant athletic director, said no football players were involved and that all the athletes probably would have their eligibility restored without missing playing time.

A number of athletes told the Austin (Tex.) American-Statesman last winter that as many as 40 athletes -- most of them football players -- regularly bet from $2 to $100 on college and professional sporting events. . . .

U.S. District Judge Harold A. Ackerman upheld the 1986 appointment of Roy Danforth as Fairleigh Dickinson University athletic director, finding no merit to the civil rights lawsuit filed by former acting athletic director Barbara Leshinsky, who had charged sex bias. Ackerman ruled that FDU hired Danforth, a former Tulane basketball coach, "simply because he was more qualified."

Leshinsky has not decided if she will appeal.