THUNDER TOP GRIZZ: Joe Day scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead the Las Vegas Thunder to their first win since February 2, 4-1 over the Utah Grizzlies Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Day put the Thunder on the board with a shorthanded goal at 5:50 of the first period, and kicked off a three-goal second period flurry with a power play tally at 6:42.

League scoring leader Patrice Lefebvre and David Shaw also scored. Lefebvre also picked up his league-leading 63rd assist. Thunder goalie Tim Cheveldae weathered a 41-shot Utah attack, allowing only a first-period goal by Kip Miller as the Thunder snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Philippe DeRouville started in the Utah goal, stopping 12 of 16 shots in 30:21. Scott LaGrand faced and stopped nine in relief.


PANTHERS RE-SIGN BATES: Carolina's Michael Bates, the leading kickoff returner in the NFL in each of the past two seasons, agreed to a new contract with the Panthers on Saturday.


76ERS WAIVE WILLIAMS, GRANDISON: The Philadelphia 76ers waived Herb Williams and Ronnie Grandison on Saturday, two days after acquiring them from the New York Knicks, and activated Kebu Stewart.

The 76ers traded Terry Cummings to the Knicks on Thursday, saying they wanted to send the 15-year NBA veteran to a playoff contender.

The move also freed room under the league's salary cap. Cummings has one year remaining on his contract.

Philadelphia said it planned to release Williams and allow the Knicks to re-sign him this weekend.


CHANG ADVANCES TO FINALS: Michael Chang needed two tiebreakers to defeat Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten 7-6 (9-3), 7-6 (7-4) on Saturday in the semifinals of the $700,000 St. Jude tournament.

The second-seeded Chang will defend his championship on his 26th birthday Sunday against someone who has never beaten him. He will meet No. 4 seed Mark Philippoussis, who beat No. 1 seed Marcel Rios.


U.S. LOSES TO NETHERLANDS: The United States, still glowing over its upset of Brazil in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, got shown what a top team can do at full strength, losing to the Netherlands 2-0 Saturday in Miami.

Ronald de Boer scored on a deflection off Alexi Lalas two minutes into the game after a bad pass by Roy Wegerle set up a breakaway, and Clarence Seedorf scored 30 seconds into the second half after Philip Cocu's through ball beat the defense. Seedorf easily beat goalkeeper Kasey Keller 1-on-1.

The United States, preparing for World Cup games against Germany, Iran and Yugoslavia in June, beat Brazil for the first time ever on Feb. 10, but the World Cup champions were missing half their regular starters.

Horse racing

3-YEAR-OLD HEADED TO DERBY: Lil's Lad took the lead on the first turn and held off the challenge of Coronado's Quest for a 21/2-length victory in the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream on Saturday.

With the win, Lil's Lad established himself as one of the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby on May 2.


WEBER ROLLS TO TITLE: Pete Weber rolled nine strikes in a row for a 277-236 win over Hall of Famer David Ozio in the title match of the Professional Bowlers Association's national championship on Saturday.