Alice Butler, wife of Buffalo Bills General Manager John Butler, remained hospitalized in critical condition yesterday, two days after a van ran a stop sign and broadsided her car.

"Nothing's changed. Her condition remains the same," Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said last night.

Alice Butler, 48, and James Bonnell, her 73-year-old father, were in critical but stable condition at Erie County Medical Center after surgery for rib and internal injuries following Friday's accident. Bonnell's condition also remained the same yesterday, Berchtold said.

The two were traveling home after buying a Christmas tree when they were struck by a van that apparently ran a stop sign. . . .

Police brought Rae Carruth back to North Carolina to face a murder charge and possible death sentence. Carruth, suspended by the NFL and released by the Carolina Panthers, had been jailed in Jackson, Tenn., since Wednesday. He will make a court appearance Tuesday on the first-degree murder charge.

Carruth was arrested on a federal unlawful flight warrant after fleeing North Carolina when his former girlfriend, Cherica Adams, died Tuesday of gunshot wounds received Nov. 16.

Carruth and three other men were charged with attempted murder days after the shooting, but the 25-year-old player posted a $3 million bail and left jail a week before Adams's death. Prosecutors have said Carruth instigated the plot to murder Adams, his 24-year-old pregnant girlfriend.


Chavez Wins

Julio Cesar Chavez, the three-time world boxing champion, stopped Buck Smith in the third round of a super lightweight fight Saturday night in Culiacan, Mexico. Chavez, 37, is 103-4-2 in a pro career that began in 1980.


Seeds of a Scandal

The Salt Lake City Olympic scandal might stem from a foreign exchange program established by the U.S. Olympic Committee in the 1980s, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. The programs bought sports equipment and helped train athletes in developing nations.

USOC officials, the newspaper said, took financial liberties with the program--wiring funds to foreign accounts, shopping with international guests on per diem expenses, reimbursing travel costs with cash and keeping sloppy records.

Former USOC treasurer Howard Miller called the programs a "slush fund." As far back as 1988, he accused USOC officers of "paying off IOC members" under the guise of travel reimbursements.

The report was made public in October, after congressional committees demanded the USOC release it.

More than $1 million in aid was distributed from 1989 to 1995, and that's just what attorneys could document, the Tribune reported. Current USOC officials would not comment on the investigation.

Horse Racing

Kirtons All the Way

Kirtons led all the way in registering a 1 1/4-length victory in the $53,250 Damon Runyon Stakes for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct. The favorite, Consigliore, saved ground into the stretch while stalking the leader, only to have to swing widest for racing room upon entering the final straight. He wound up second in the five-horse field.