Olympic gold medalist

Tim Montgomery

pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy in a multimillion-dollar bank-fraud and money-laundering scheme, the latest scandal to befall the former track star who once held the world record in the 100 meters.

Montgomery, 32, was charged last year along with 12 others in a conspiracy to deposit $5 million in stolen, altered or counterfeit checks over 3 years at several banks. Montgomery faces 37 to 46 months in prison at sentencing on Nov. 1.


* Former UCLA basketball coach

John Wooden

has been hospitalized in Los Angeles for treatment of a possible recurrence of diverticulitis. His daughter,

Nancy Muehlhausen

, said the 96-year-old Hall of Fame coach is "doing fine.''

* South Alabama's John Pelphrey was hired as the basketball coach at Arkansas, a week after Creighton's Dana Altman took the job only to back out the following day.

* After saying he would return for his junior season, Kansas forward Julian Wright has decided to enter the NBA draft.

* St. Bonaventure scheduled a news conference for today to announce a new basketball coach, expected to be Robert Morris' Mark Schmidt.

Philly File

* Temple junior lefthander

Tom Dolan

(Archbishop Ryan) has been named

Collegiate Baseball's

National Player of the Week after striking out 16 batters in eight innings on Sunday against Dayton.

Sport Stops

* Overnight ratings for the final round of the Masters were virtually unchanged from last year. CBS' coverage of

Zach Johnson's

victory had a 9.1 overnight rating and 21 share, Nielsen Media Research said. That was up 1 percent from the 9.0/19 last year.

* Kentucky Derby hopeful Hard Spun will skip this weekend's $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes so he can test the dirt surface at Churchill Downs. *