Nine UCLA football players pleaded no contest to illegally possessing handicapped parking permits and were fined $500 each, put on probation and ordered to perform community service with the disabled.

Five other players still face charges in a case that outraged advocacy groups for the disabled. Arraignment of the other five players, including Washington Redskins running back Skip Hicks, was delayed to Aug. 25.

The players allegedly submitted applications to the Department of Motor Vehicles bearing the signatures of nonexistent doctors and listing bogus ailments such as knee and back injuries, torn ligaments and asthma.

The permits allowed the men--some of the most able-bodied students on campus--to park just about anywhere at the University of California at Los Angeles, where parking problems are chronic.

High School

Lynch to the Terps

Dunbar High fullback James Lynch said yesterday that he has accepted a scholarship offer to play football for Maryland. Lynch, a 6-foot, 252-pound rising senior, rushed for 1,220 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. . . . Surrattsville guard Donnell Pope, a second-team All-Met last year, committed to play basketball for Division II St. Augustine's in North Carolina this fall.

Horse Racing

Stolen Mare Dies

Fanfreluche, the broodmare whose 1977 theft and recovery was one of the more bizarre episodes in thoroughbred history, has died at 32.

Stolen from a pasture at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., while she was in foal to Triple Crown winner Secretariat, Fanfreluche was found 5 1/2 months later in the southwestern Kentucky town of Tompkinsville. Farmer Larry McPherson had found the bedraggled mare walking a nearby road, taken her home, renamed her Brandy and was using her as a riding horse.


Andreychuk Is a Bruin

The Bruins signed free agent left wing Dave Andreychuk to a one-year, $1.2 million contract, adding one of the NHL's most consistent goal scorers to their roster. . . . Center Guy Carbonneau signed a two-year contract with the Stanley Cup-winning Dallas Stars.


Walker Back on Track

European 200 meters champion Doug Walker has been cleared of using drugs, which threatened to keep him out of the 2000 Olympics, and the Scotsman's suspension has been lifted. The problem arose when he flunked a random drug test in December, testing positive for the steroid Nadrolene.


Financial Issues

David Duval swears he never used the "B" word, but he's not happy with how money from the Ryder Cup is disbursed.

"I never said there would be a boycott," Duval said, the day before the Greater Hartford Open. "I don't think it will change unless four or five players get together and talk to the PGA of America and say, 'We need to revisit this.' "

The Ryder Cup players are not paid, and Duval and others want to designate where profits go.