Former UCLA and Georgia basketball coach Jim Harrick said reports that he has been hired to coach the American Basketball Association's Vancouver expansion team are premature. The hiring was announced Tuesday by the ABA.

Contacted by the Associated Press yesterday, Harrick said, "We have signed nothing, agreed on nothing."

However, Harrick said he expects to continue negotiations next month.

* CYCLING: Six teammates who helped Lance Armstrong win last year's Tour de France will ride with him again next month when he bids for a record sixth straight title. The six returning teammates for Armstrong's attempt are George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Viatcheslav Ekimov, Pavel Padrnos, Manuel Beltran and Jose Luis Rubiera.

* COLLEGES: Carson Kainer doubled in the go-ahead run and Huston Street pitched three innings of one-run relief to help Texas advance to the College World Series final with a 7-6 comeback victory over Georgia in Omaha. The Longhorns (58-13) will play South Carolina or Cal State Fullerton in the best-of-three championship series that starts Saturday. South Carolina beat Fullerton, 5-3, last night. The teams will play again today and the winner moves into the finals. . . .

Gary Campbell, an Oregon assistant football coach, violated NCAA recruiting rules when he tried to lure a junior college transfer to the school in January 2003, resulting in a two-year probation for the school.

The Pacific-10 school remains eligible for postseason play and does not lose any scholarships, NCAA spokeswoman Kay Hawes said.

* COURTS: Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon, 44, has been placed on probation for 12 months after pleading no contest to a drunken driving charge in Milton, Fla. McMahon led the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl win in 1986.

* HIGH SCHOOLS: Antonio Logan-El, a rising junior at Forestville, orally committed to accept a scholarship to play football at Maryland, Forestville Coach Charles Harley said. Logan-El, who is 6 feet 5, 310 pounds, is an offensive and defensive tackle and is being recruited to play offense in college. . . .

DaLawn Parrish, an All-Met defensive back at Howard High in 1994, was hired as the football coach at DuVal. Parrish, who played defensive back at Wake Forest, has been an assistant at Howard and Wilde Lake. He also will teach history at the Lanham school.

DuVal Athletic Director Carol Konrad also said the school hired Franco Crispi as baseball coach. Crispi previously coached Central.

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