APOLOGY: G Drazen Petrovic issued a statement through his attorney yesterday apologizing for threatening to leave the Trail Blazers if he isn't traded.

He said he was withdrawing the comment he made in an interview last week with The Oregonian. As a result, the Trail Blazers said they were rescinding a $500 fine against the Yugoslav.

WORTHY PLEADS INNOCENT: Los Angeles Lakers F James Worthy pleaded innocent yesterday to two counts of soliciting prostitution.

Worthy appeared before a Harris County judge in Houston and then declined to comment as he left the courtroom.

Worthy was arrested at his hotel Thursday prior to a Lakers game against the Houston Rockets and charged with attempting to purchase sex from two Houston Police Department undercover officers. County Court-at-Law Judge Jimmie Duncan set Worthy's trial for Jan. 28.

Solicitation of prostitution is a misdemeanor offense and carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

FINED: C James Donaldson of Dallas was fined $3,000 and G Byron Scott of the Lakers was fined $1,000 by the NBA for their altercation in a game in Dallas Friday.

MOVES: Nuggets activated F Jerome Lane, placed F Marcus Liberty on the injured list and waived G Cory Gaines . . . Rockets activated F Buck Johnson.