Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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Capriati Plans Return To Tennis In October

Jennifer Capriati, who left the women's tour last year and was later arrested on drug charges, wants to return to tennis in early October.

International Management Group, which handles Capriati's interests, said the 18-year-old star has requested wild-card entries to the Barilla Indoors tournament in Zurich, Switzerland, and the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany.

"Obviously she's getting ready to play again. These are pretty big tournaments," said Linda Dozoretz, president of a communications company that represents Cleveland-based IMG. "Martina Navratilova is scheduled to play in them, so they are pretty important."

Dozoretz said she believed Capriati has been practicing for her comeback at her new home in Palm Desert, Calif. Capriati and her family moved there a few weeks ago from Coral Gables, Fla.

The Zurich tournament will be Oct. 3-9 and the Filderstadt tournament is Oct. 10-16. FOOTBALL Colorado To Report Violation

Colorado violated an NCAA regulation by allowing freshman running back Lendon Henry to participate in practices before his transcript and high school course work had been approved by the NCAA's clearing house, The Rocky Mountain News reported.

Athletic director Bill Marolt and George Hoey, director of academic services, recently met to draft a letter self-reporting the violation to the NCAA, the News reported in today's editions.

"We'll self-report and send them a letter," Marolt said Monday. "It will be taken care of. We'll meet our responsibilities. We'll take care of the NCAA."

A temporary agreement clearing the way for the NCAA to restore the eligibility of five Florida State football players, including All-America linebacker Derrick Brooks, was approved by a federal judge. Brooks, tailback Tiger McMillon and reserve offensive lineman Marcus Long will be able to play Saturday when the third-ranked Seminoles visit Wake Forest. Two other players, guard Patrick McNeil and offensive tackle Forrest Conoly, will be able to play after sitting out two more games. All five players were suspended for their involvement in accepting gifts from prospective agents last November.

Former Los Angeles Rams running back Cleveland Gary was jailed briefly after being charged with driving with a revoked drivers license in Stuart, Fla. Gary, 28, was cut by the Rams two weeks ago.

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue entered the negotiations between the NFL and its officials in Rosemont, Ill., and agreed to meet again to narrow the gap between the two sides on salary and pensions. …

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