San Antonio Spurs forward Sean Elliott will receive a kidney from one of his brothers unless "a last-minute thing" comes up, his lawyer said.

"It looks pretty solid," lawyer Burt Kinerk told the Arizona Daily Star. "Everything is going right down the line. It looks good."

Kinerk said doctors are making the final checks to ensure all details are covered, but a transplant could take place in the next two weeks. It is uncertain which brother, Noel or Robert Elliott, would provide a kidney.

Elliott suffers from focal segmental glomerular sclerosis. The disease slows the kidneys, preventing them from properly filtering waste from the blood.

The 31-year-old's health problems date from June 1993, when he had a kidney infection diagnosed while he was with the Detroit Pistons.


Celestino Wins Cup

Italy's Mirko Celestino pulled away from the field with a kilometer left yesterday to capture the World Cup in Hamburg.

Celestino, 25, covered 251 kilometers in 6 hours 20.39 minutes. Germany's Raphael Sweda was second, followed by Latvia's Roman Vainsteins.


Iraqi Claims Torture

A former Iraqi star player said he and other players were tortured when they played badly, by order of President Saddam Hussein's son, according to a published report.

The Sunday Times of London reported the claims by former Olympic competitor Sharar Haydar Mohamad al Hadithi. It said that after Iraq lost an exhibition match against Jordan in 1993, al Hadithi was taken to Al Radwaniya prison with three other players and was mistreated for three days before being released.

When al Hadithi tried to resign in 1994, the article said, he again was taken to the prison, 30 miles from Baghdad, and was repeatedly hit on the soles of his feet, dragged on his bare back through a gravel pit, then forced to jump into a tank of sewage so the wounds would become infected.

After his release, he was banned from soccer for life and was told he might be killed if he was seen so much as kicking a ball in the street, the newspaper said. Al Hadithi now lives in hiding abroad.

Al Hadithi's claims support repeated allegations by Iraqi dissidents that Hussein's son, Odai, ordered players to be imprisoned and tortured after losing matches.

In 1997, FIFA, the game's international governing body, investigated reports that Odai had the Iraqi team whipped with canes after it was eliminated from the World Cup qualifying competition. FIFA cleared Iraq's football federation of the charges.


Johnston Keeps Title

Stevie Johnston used superior hand speed Saturday night to pound out a unanimous decision over Angel Manfredy and retain his World Boxing Council lightweight title in Ledyard, Conn.

Judges Terry Smith and Tommy Kaczmarek scored the fight 116-112 and judge Bob Logist scored it 118-111. The fight at Foxwoods Resort Casino was Johnston's second straight title defense.

In the co-feature, former International Boxing Federation junior lightweight champion Arturo Gatti made a successful debut as a junior welterweight, scoring a first-round knockout of Reyes Munoz.


Terps Seal Radio Deals

Maryland's athletic department has signed three-year agreements worth a total of about $710,000 with Learfield Communications for radio rights to its football and men's basketball games. WTEM-980 and WBAL-1090 will remain the flagship stations for football; WMAL-630 and WBAL will remain the flagship stations for men's basketball.

Maryland also announced football tickets are available via the Internet for the first time. Purchases can be made at


Senators Clinch Title

The Arlington Senators won their third straight All American Amateur Baseball Association title with a 12-5 victory over Altoona at Point Stadium in Johnstown, Pa.

Adam Wynegar (Centreville) pitched six strong innings for the victory. Center fielder Mike Floyd (Severna Park and University of Virginia) went 4 for 5 with two steals.

"It was close to home and I knew it was good quality baseball," said Wynegar, who yielded six hits and four walks and struck out six. "I completely turned around everything I've been pitching from college. I learned to compete and get ahead of batters and I added a change-up."

The Senators' Taylor Wood was named most valuable player of the 16-team double-elimination tournament. . . .

The D.C. Little League champion Capitol City All-Stars lost to defending World Series champion Toms River (N.J.), 6-0, in the Eastern Regional Little League Tournament in Bristol, Conn.

Casey Gaynor hit one of three home runs for the New Jersey state champions and two Toms River (3-2) pitchers limited the Capitol City All-Stars to two hits.

Despite the loss, the Capitol City All-Stars (3-2) are seeded No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic playoffs, which begin today. They will play the New York state champion team from the South Bronx. Capitol City beat South Bronx, 2-0, Tuesday.


Pingel Dies at 82

John S. Pingel, an all-American halfback at Michigan State in 1938 and a member of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, died. He was 82.

Pingel, a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 1939 who went on to a career in advertising and served as chief executive of the Ross Roy advertising agency, died Saturday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., family friend Bill Elston said. He said Pingel had heart trouble for several years.