Mike Danton was sentenced yesterday to 71/2 years in prison for trying to have his agent killed.

Danton said nothing in East St. Louis, Ill., as U.S. District Judge William Stiehl imposed the sentence on the 24-year-old former St. Louis Blues player.

Danton is expected to seek transfer to a prison in his native Canada. As for his hockey career, there is no parole in the federal system and, the judge noted, Danton may not be allowed to return to the United States after completing his sentence.

Danton pleaded guilty July 16 to murder conspiracy charges. Prosecutors said he tried to hire a hit man to kill David Frost, his agent and Canadian youth hockey coach. . . .

Promoter Robert Mitchell, 42, of Irmo, S.C., and boxer Thomas Williams, 35, of Landover, were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit sports bribery and one count of sports bribery and attempted sports bribery by a federal jury in Las Vegas.

The pair fixed the fights from March 1995 to August 2000 to enhance the boxing career of professional heavyweight fighter Richie Melito Jr., said Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. attorney for Nevada.

Authorities said Mitchell and Williams rigged 11 fights across the country. Those fights, including one in Las Vegas, were included in the conspiracy charge.

* HOCKEY: Nashville Predators center Sergei Zholtok was remembered at a funeral in Riga, Latvia, by hundreds of hockey fans, many wearing Latvian national team jerseys with black armbands.

Zholtok died last week at 31 in Belarus. He was stricken with heart failure about five minutes before the end of a game. . . .

Jaromir Jagr is reportedly living the Czech league to play in Russia during the NHL lockout. He signed with Omsk Avangard of the Russian league Sunday and is to leave for Russia this week.

* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Tennessee took the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press's preseason women's basketball poll, the 11th time it has started the season atop the rankings -- and first since 1998. The Lady Vols received 20 of 45 first-place votes from a national media panel to edge Texas, Southeastern Conference rival LSU and U-Conn.

* HORSE RACING: Churchill Downs barred six jockeys until Nov. 27, including national victory leader Rafael Bejarano, for threatening a boycott to protest their health insurance coverage.

-- From News Services