Football

REGGIE SPEAKS, AGAIN: People should use teamwork to fix the country's problems, Green Bay Packers star Reggie White told a sports fund-raiser Saturday night, one month after making comments that angered homosexuals.

People should overcome their differences to make their lives better, he said in a 10-minute talk during the event for University of Wis-con-sin athletics in Madison, Wis.

"If we as a people will work together and try to understand each other's feelings, we will see a difference," White said.

The ordained clergyman made just one reference to the much longer address he delivered last month as an invited guest in the state Assembly during which he called homosexuality a sin.

"It won't be a 50-minute speech, if you know what I mean, not unless there is some legislators here," he said.

White, who ended his two-day retirement earlier this week after being told by God to do so, received a standing ovation when he arrived at the affair and another one later from an audience of about 2,500.

Baseball

SURGERY FOR BUHNER: Jay Buhner will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee within the next five days, and the Seattle Mariners outfielder will be sidelined for about two months.

Buhner, 33, took limited batting practice Friday but limped off the field after pregame hitting Saturday. He made a sliding catch at the back of the Kingdome bullpen mound on April 6 against the New York Yankees and left the game with an inflamed left knee.

He has not played since and was placed on the disabled list April 13, a move retroactive to April 7.

Auto racing

DIEHARD 500: Fans who enjoyed the Daytona 500 will get a real kick out of Sunday's DieHard 500 in Taladega, Ala.

It's pretty much the same cast of characters, with Bobby Labonte again on the pole and Daytona winner Dale Earnhardt close behind.

The starting order is slightly different, with Earnhardt second instead of fourth. But that should just make it more interesting.

The 500-mile race at Talladega Superspeedway figures to be the same kind of competitive battle that saw Earnhardt take the win under caution, avoiding a last-lap shootout with the hard-charging Labonte.

That win was a major accomplishment for Earnhardt, a seven-time Winston Cup champion who had failed to win NASCAR's most prestigious event in his first 19 tries.

The victory also ended a losing string for Earnhardt that had begun in the spring of 1996.

But the big win did not completely turn around The Intimidator's slump. In the seven races since Daytona, Earnhardt has generally not been competitive and has finished among the top 10 just twice - eighth at Las Vegas and fourth last Monday at Martinsville.

TOUCHSTONE ENERGY 300: At Talladega, Ala., Joe Nemechek avoided four multi-car crashes and fended off a late challenge from Phil Parsons to win Saturday's Touchstone Energy 300 NASCAR Busch Grand National stock car race.

Nemechek, the first repeat winner in nine races this season, started from the pole and led the first 21 laps. He then slipped back into the field and didn't get to the front again until 12 laps from the end of the 113-lap event at Talladega Superspeedway.

BOSCH GRAND PRIX: At Nazareth, Pa., cooperation among teammates helped give Patrick Carpentier the first pole of his Indy-car career, but he won't get another gift from Greg Moore in the Bosch Grand Prix.

"We exchange information, and I think it's very beneficial to both of us," Carpentier said.

His crew made a "small adjustment" based on information supplied by Moore.

SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX: At Imola, Italy, David Coulthard won his second consecutive pole position Saturday, edging McLaren teammate Mika Hakkinen by 0.102 seconds in qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix.

It was the fourth time in as many races that McLaren cars have led qualifying on the Formula One circuit this season.

Coulthard, a Scotsman, turned his fastest lap on the 3-mile Ferrari track in one minute, 25.973 sec-onds.

Boxing

PENALOSA RETAINS TITLE: At Manila, Philippines, Gerry Penalosa of the Philippines retained his WBC super flyweight title Saturday when the fight was stopped in the second round because of a head butt by challenger Joel Luna Zarate.

CALZAGHE STILL UNBEATEN: At Cardiff, Wales, unbeaten Welshman Joe Calzaghe held onto his WBO super-middleweight title Saturday when veteran Paraguayan Juan Carlos Gimenez failed to come out for the ninth round.

Horse racing

SOUVENIR COPY WINS: Souvenir Copy won the Derby Trial Saturday on opening day at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., but his disappointed owner was not on hand to watch.

John C. Mabee, who owns the colt with his wife, Betty, had planned to attend the race, but he flew home to California Friday after his unbeaten Kentucky Derby contender, Event of the Year, sustained a slab fracture of the right front knee during a workout.

Event of the Year, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, underwent surgery on Saturday at a veterinary hospital at Versailles, Ky.

Track/running

KENYANS ANGRY: Top Kenyan runners, angered by the reported attempts of some American race organizers and sponsors to limit their appearances in U.S. events, say they are considering a boycott.

The problem, it seems, is that Americans don't like getting beat-en.

The controversy arose after the New York Times reported on April 16 that race organizers were trying to limit the presence of Kenyan runners and the money they can win U.S. competitions.

POLE VAULTER DIES: Freshman pole vaulter Rory Abshire died early Saturday from injuries suffered when he didn't let go soon enough after a handstand on the 11-foot observation tower at Southwestern Louisiana's track in Lafayette, La.

Abshire was doing a handstand Friday afternoon on the tower's metal rail and planned to drop onto mats below, campus police chief Joey Sturm said.

However, he said, Abshire didn't let go soon enough and his back hit the platform, supported by a structure of pipes and angle-irons. He then fell forward into the metal supports, breaking an artery near his heart and damaging his liver.