ROSTER MOVES: Tampa Bay third baseman Wade Boggs, sidelined 18 games with a strained right calf, was activated from the disabled list before Friday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Kansas City first baseman Hal Morris, second in the AL with a .395 average, was put on the 15-day disabled list Friday and the Royals recalled outfielder Jermaine Dye from a Triple-A rehab assignment.

And Baltimore's Brady Anderson, sidelined since April 20 because of a sprained left shoulder joint, was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The United States scored with 47 seconds remaining to salvage a 1-1 draw with Germany on Friday in the relegation round of the World Ice Hockey Championships in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Americans were knocked out of the tournament in the round robin and are forced to play in the relegation round in an attempt to save their place among the A-Pool elite next year.

DEVILS' COACH RESIGNS: Jacques Lemaire, who coached the New Jersey Devils to a Stanley Cup in 1995, resigned Friday after the team's second straight poor performance in the playoffs.

"I think it's the right move for the club and for myself," said Lemaire, whose eyes watered as he discussed his five seasons in New Jersey.

There's been speculation about Lemaire's future since the Devils were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last week by the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators.


GERMAN OPEN: Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten, the French Open champion, double-faulted on his match point and blew another in losing 4-6, 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 to Spain's Alex Corretja in the quarterfinals of the German Open Friday.

Sixth-seeded Karol Kucera overcame a slow start to reach the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Austrian Thomas Muster, the 1995 French Open champion.

Kucera's semifinal opponent will be Albert Costa of Spain, who beat Fabrice Santoro 6-3, 6-4. Felix Mantilla, another of Spain's clay court specialists, made the semifinals with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over an ailing Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia.

ITALIAN OPEN: Big sister still holds the Williams family title.

In their second meeting on the WTA tour, Venus Williams again defeated sister Serena in straight sets Friday in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open.

It kept Venus on track for a possible meeting in the final with top-seeded Martina Hingis - the two hottest players on the circuit.

The Williams family showdown set off few sparks as the ninth-seeded Venus eliminated her unseeded sister 6-4, 6-2, and the outcome never seemed in doubt.

Nor did Hingis have to dig in too much on the Foro Italico's red clay to beat Anna Kournikova. The packed center court crowd tried to get the Russian into the match, but Hingis kept up her perfect record against Kournikova, winning 6-2, 6-4.

Venus will face No. 5 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the semifinals Saturday. The two-time former French Open champion battled back Thursday to beat No. 15 Lisa Raymond of the United States 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-2.


PGA BELLSOUTH CLASSIC: Utah's Jay Don Blake and Australian Craig Parry better enjoy the spotlight while they can at the BellSouth Classic at Duluth, Ga. Tiger Woods is lurking nearby.

Parry and Blake were the co-leaders Friday, each with a 9-under-par 135, but 77 players will have to finish the second round Saturday morning because of weather-related delays the first two days.

That includes Woods, seeking his first PGA Tour victory in 10 months. He didn't tee off until nearly 5:40 p.m. and got in nine holes before play was halted with the moon hovering overhead.

After breaking a streak of 11 straight 70-or-higher rounds with a 69 Thursday, Woods stood at six under after picking up three birdies in the suspended second round.

Blake has missed the cut in two straight tournaments and finishing no higher than 16th in 1998. But he's turned things around this week.

"It seemed like I did everything right," said Blake, who had four birdies and no bogeys in a 68. "I feel like the last two rounds are the culmination of a lot of good shots. I haven't been really spectacular in any particular spot."

LPGA SARA LEE: Donna Andrews shot a 7-under-par 65 Friday and held a one-shot lead over Nancy Lopez after the first round of the Sara Lee Classic in Nashville, Tenn.

Barb Mucha, Rachel Hetherington and Nadine Ash shot 67s on the 6,242-yard Hermitage Golf Course and shared third place.

Three strokes behind the leaders, with 68s, were rookie Se Ri Pak and Smriti Mehra.

HOME DEPOT SENIORS: Returning to the scene of a frustrating collapse, DeWitt Weaver shot a 5-under-par 67 and tied Tom Wargo and defending champion Jim Dent for the lead in Friday's storm-plagued first round of The Home Depot Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.

Weaver took a four-shot lead into the back nine of the final round of last year's Senior PGA Tour event, only to quadruple-bogey the 384-yard 10th hole at the TPC at Piper Glen. He wound up two strokes off Dent's winning total.

Rains from earlier this week made Piper Glen's hilly layout play longer than its listed 6,774 yards. Weaver and Wargo finished their rounds just before a thunderstorm soaked the course even more and led tour officials to suspend play for nearly three hours.