Minnesota banned its men's basketball team from the postseason for one year yesterday because of suspected academic cheating by some of its former players.

School president Mark Yudof believes the NCAA will impose more sanctions after it receives the university's final report on the investigation in mid-November.

The probe began in March after former tutor Jan Gangelhoff said she did more than 400 pieces of course work for at least 20 basketball players from 1993 to 1998.

The investigation has since widened to include accusations of improper payments and travel irregularities, and sexual and other misconduct in the men's athletics department.

"We must demonstrate good faith and take meaningful action to repair the damage that has been done by others," Yudof said.

He said it was a judgment call to impose sanctions that might be harsher than the NCAA's.

"We do need to impose sanctions," he said. "I don't hate to do it. It's the right thing to do. The NCAA has to worry about deterrents. I have to worry about deterrents in the future."

The ban will keep the team out of the NCAA and NIT tournaments this season but not the Big Ten tournament, Yudof said.

Minnesota has won the NIT twice and qualified for the NCAA Final Four in 1997.

NCAA spokeswoman Jane Jankowski said the organization would not comment specifically on Yudof's sanctions.

"Universities do frequently hand down their own penalties, and our [investigating] committee considers that and can adopt those sanctions, as well as add other penalties," she said.


Haider to Participate

The leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party will be allowed to run in the New York City Marathon despite protests Monday by community leaders.

Joerg Haider was approved to wear the number 5777 in the 30th annual marathon on Nov. 7.

The 49-year-old lawyer, the son of a Nazi party member, is against immigration and has expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler and praised Waffen SS veterans as "men of character." His electoral success has alarmed Israel and neighboring countries because of his comments praising Hitler's "decent employment policies."

"We don't discriminate," said Allan Steinfeld, president of the New York Road Runners Club and race director of the New York City Marathon. "We are not going to change the route and we are not going to kick him out of the race."

The race starts in Staten Island and winds its way through Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx before finishing in Central Park in Manhattan.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) said: "[Haider's] type of ugliness does not belong on the streets of Brooklyn, where many survivors have taken up residence after the Holocaust. Brooklyn will not stand by and be silent in the face of his treachery. He will be confronted and stopped."

Auto Racing

Britain Race Bumped

Auto racing's governing body stunned Formula One fans in Britain by moving the British Grand Prix to April instead of its traditional spot in mid-July. Announcing the schedule of races for 2000, the International Auto Racing Federation listed the British Grand Prix for April 23 without giving a specific reason for the switch. . . .

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. quit Indycar racing yesterday, blaming the costly feud between the Indy Racing League and Championship Auto Racing Teams. Developing tires for competing open-wheel racing series "really raises the cost," said Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager for global tires.


Umpires Plan Meeting

A dissident group of Major League Baseball umpires said it invited all union members to a meeting next Tuesday in Baltimore with baseball player agent Ron Shapiro, their first direct effort to oust current union leader Richie Phillips.

Umpire Dave Phillips, who along with umpires John Hirschbeck and Joe Brinkman have led opposition to Richie Phillips, said they hope to persuade umpires to allow the less confrontational Shapiro to negotiate the union's next agreement.

"It's time to create a new direction for this union," Dave Phillips said. "We're not looking to strong-arm anyone, but we're inviting everyone to come and listen to Ron and see where we're coming from."


Magic on Magic M7

Magic Johnson, getting a standing ovation and showing a hint of his flamboyant game, returned to competitive basketball last night in Sweden and led the Swedish club Magic M7 to an easy victory.

The 40-year-old star--10 years older than any other player on the court--had 14 points and 11 rebounds in an 84-60 rout of Sallen in the Swedish basketball league.

"The first half was a little tough, but the second was easier," Johnson told the crowd of 3,319 after playing his first game other than an exhibition since leaving the NBA for good in 1996.

Johnson missed some easy layups.

"That's easy when the atmosphere was as charged and the euphoria as high as it was," he said.

Johnson was cheered when he promised to play more games for Magic M7.