The NCAA and the National Invitation Tournaments settled their differences in federal court yesterday, likely ending a civil trial in which the NIT had claimed that the NCAA was trying to put it out of business.

A jury that had been listening to NIT witnesses and evidence in Manhattan was sent home for the day by U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum after lawyers said a deal had been struck to end the dispute.

"We anticipate a complete resolution of the entire litigation," NIT attorney Jeffrey Kessler told Cedarbaum. "We reached an oral agreement on all the principled terms, but it is complex so we are going to spend today writing it all up."

An NCAA spokesman did not immediately return a telephone call for comment. Attorneys on both sides did not immediately return telephone calls for comment.

Kessler argued that a long-standing NCAA rule requiring schools to accept invitations to its tournament over invitations to all others had severely damaged the NIT, which began its postseason tournament in 1938 -- one year before the NCAA tournament started. NCAA attorney Gregory L. Curtner said the NIT damaged itself when it agreed in 1962 to let the NCAA choose teams for its tournament first. . . .

Connecticut point guard Marcus Williams was arrested, the second member of the team charged in the theft of four laptop computers from student dorm rooms.

Redshirt freshman guard A.J. Price was charged Friday. Police said they expect to make one more arrest in the case.

Williams, 19, faces four counts of third-degree larceny, which carry a penalty of up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

* SOFTBALL: Jamie Bell tossed a one-hitter to lead McLean past Evangeline (La.), 4-0, in the semifinals of the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore. Mandy Moll, Sophie Giaquinto and Katalina Khoury each hit RBI singles in a three-run sixth inning. McLean (4-1), will face Orange (Conn.) in the final tomorrow night.

* HIGH SCHOOLS: St. John's has named Thomas Veith its athletic director, replacing Vince Fisher, who retired after 35 years as a teacher and administrator at the District private school. Veith worked for the past two years as athletic director for the middle school at the Wakefield School in The Plains and held the same position at the upper school from 1999 to 2003.

* GOLF: Greg Killian went wire-to-wire to win the 19th annual Maryland State Mid-Amateur yesterday at Maryland Golf and Country Club in Bel Air. Killian, of Turf Valley Country Club, shot 69-75 -- 144 (2 under par) in the two-day event for amateurs age 30 and older. Chuck Freedman of Hobbit's Glen Golf Club, the 2002 champion, finished one stroke behind Killian. Kirk Lombardi of Montgomery Village came in third at 146.

* TENNIS: Rafael Nadal wasted three match points and lost to Tomas Berdych, 6-7 (7-4), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), ending the 19-year-old Spaniard's 16-match winning streak. It was the first notable upset of the $2.45 million Masters Series Cincinnati event.

The second-seeded Nadal was worn down from his first hard-court title. The French Open champion beat Andre Agassi in Montreal on Sunday for his tour-leading ninth ATP win of the year.

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