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Mark Jackson, the discontented 1988 NBA rookie of the year, was suspended for four days by the New York Knicks, for what a team spokesman called ``conduct detrimental to the team.'

John Cirillo, the team's director of public relations, did not specify the exact reason for the suspension, but the 6-foot-3 point guard has been publicly critical of coach John MacLeod for relegating him to backup status behind Maurice Cheeks. Jackson will miss two games during his suspension.According to broadcast reports, Jackson had an altercation with MacLeod before practice Friday.

An effort to name part of a Texas highway for Nolan Ryan has some politicians playing hardball.

Some Democratic state senators are balking on the proposal to name a stretch of Texas 288, which runs by Ryan's hometown of Alvin, the ``Nolan Ryan Expressway.'

Last year, Ryan considered running on the Republican ticket for agriculture commissioner and made some radio commercials for the party.

Fay Vincent thinks baseball tickets are as good a bargain as 40 years ago.

Just don't eat at the ballpark.

According to Vincent's estimation, when taking inflation into account, the price of admission hasn't risen a dime since the 1950s. What has soared is the price of food and souvenirs at the ballparks. He said he is looking into the problem.

Stefan Edberg, looking every bit the top player in the world, cruised into the semifinals of the $1 million Eurocard Classic in Stuttgart, Germany, by beating fellow Swede Magnus Gustafsson 6-2, 6-3.

Edberg needed only 61 minutes to raise his career record against Gustafsson to 4-0. His semifinal opponent will be Jan Siemerink, a 20-year-old Dutchman who upset Andrei Cherkasov of the Soviet Union 7-6, 7-5, the third higher-ranked player he beat in the tournament.

Another Swede reached the final four when seventh-seeded Jonas Svensson beat Karel Novacek of Czechoslovakia 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. He will meet Guy Forget of France, the hottest player on the tour, in the semifinals.

Forget, seeking his third title of the year, beat Goran Ivanisevic 7-5, 7-6.

Manon Bollegraf, the No. 8 seed, defeated second-seeded Conchita Martinez 6-4 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the $150,000 Virginia Slims of Oklahoma tennis tournament.

Top-seeded Ivan Lendl and No. 5 Michael Chang rolled to straight-set victories, advancing to the semifinal round of the $750,000 Volvo Indoor tennis tournament in Memphis, Tennessee.

Lendl powered his way past Darren Cahill 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, while Chang dispatched Jeff Tarango 6-3, 7-5.

Lendl meets Derrick Rostagno today.

Chang meets the winner of Friday's late match between No. 7 Michael Stich, the defending champion, and No. 15 Mark Koevermans.

Mississippi State football coach Jackie Sherrill plans to borrow the ``12th Man' program from Texas A&M.

Sherrill, a former Aggies coach, is looking for some hard-nosed student volunteers to play on the Bulldogs' kickoff team.

A ticket that UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian donated to help finance a battle with the NCAA ended up being used by a man involved in fixing sporting events, an attorney has confirmed.

Attorney David Chesnoff said he gave one of the four seats he bought to Richard ``The Fixer' Perry, who attended the UNLV-Utah State game with Chesnoff Jan. 9.

Tarkanian's attorney, Alan Jones, said the coach was unaware any of his tickets had been used by Perry.

Bump Elliott, the dean of Big Ten athletic directors who guided Iowa's athletic department longer and more successfully than anyone before him, is retiring.

Elliott, 66, will call it a career on Aug. 1 after nearly 21 years as athletic director.

During Elliott's years at Iowa, Hawkeye athletic teams have won 28 Big Ten championships and 11 NCAA titles.

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