NITSCHKE DIES AT 61: Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Nitschke, whose fierce play epitomized the champion Green Bay Packers of the Vince Lombardi era, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 61.

Nitschke was driving with his daughter, Amy Klaas, and 17-month-old granddaughter near his winter home in Naples, Fla., when he fell ill. He was pronounced dead at Venice Hospital.

Nitschke played for the Packers from 1958 to 1972 and was the defensive anchor on teams that won five NFL titles, including the first two Super Bowls. He was a member of the NFL's 75th anniversary team.


COACH RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL: Miami of Ohio coach Charlie Coles was released from the hospital Sunday in Kalamazoo, Mich., eight days after collapsing and suffering cardiac arrest during a Mid-American Conference tournament game. He is 56.


WASHINGTON ACQUIRES TIKKANEN: Washington acquired left wing Esa Tikkanen from Florida on Sunday for left wing Dwayne Hay and a conditional draft pick.


FRANKLIN TEMPLETON CLASSIC: At Scottsdale, Ariz., Andre Agassi won his second straight tournament title Sunday, beating Australia's Jason Stoltenberg 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in the Franklin Templeton Classic. Agassi won the Sybase Open two weeks ago.

- At Rotterdam, Netherlands, Dutchman Jan Siemerink beat Sweden's Thomas Johansson 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 on Sunday in the final of the ABN AMRO Indoor.

- At Indian Wells, Calif., fourth-seeded Amanda Coetzer of South Africa beat Anne Miller 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday in the second round of the Evert Cup.

Auto racing

PRIMESTAR 500: Rain forced the postponement of NASCAR's Primestar 500 until Monday. On Saturday, the Stihl 300 Busch Grand National race was postponed because of rain. It was originally rescheduled for Monday but was bumped because of the Winston Cup postponement.

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX: Mika Hakkinen won the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, with McLaren teammate David Coulthard honoring a prerace agreement by allowing the Finnish driver to pass with two laps remaining.


MAIER WINS AGAIN: Austria's Hermann Maier, the two-time Olympic champion sidelined by a back injury, won the World Cup overall title Saturday and added the super-G crown Sunday in Kvitfell, Norway.

Maier, the first Austrian man to take the overall title since 1970, clinched the championship when teammate Werner Schifferer, the downhill champion, failed to complete Saturday's run. France's Nicolas Burtin won the downhill, and Austria's Hans Knauss took the super-G.


YANKS TRADE FOX: The New York Yankees traded infielder Andy Fox to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday for pitchers Marty Janzen and Todd Erdos.