U.S. SKI TEAM NAMES COACH: The U.S. Ski Team named Marjan Cernigoj head coach of its women's alpine team Wednesday to replace Austrian Herwig Demschar, who left to take a post with the organizers of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Cernigoj, 37, had been women's technical (slalom and giant slalom) head coach for the past two seasons.

"This is like a dream for me. I've always wanted to be head coach of a national team," said Cerniogoj, who turned to coaching in the early 1980s after a racing career with the former Yugoslavian national team.

"In 17 years I've worked at all levels, from club programs through the national team, and I think I can contribute."

Demschar, the U.S. women's head coach the past two years, accepted the post of alpine director for the 2002 Games, the ski team announced.

Replacing Cernigoj as women's technical head coach is Swiss Georg Capaul, a former U.S. men's technical coach who has been working with developing women's team racers in recent years.


FRASCHILLA LEAVES ST. JOHN'S: Two months after leading St. John's to its first NCAA tournament since 1993, Fran Fraschilla and the Red Storm have parted ways.

Fraschilla had two years left on the contract he signed with St. John's when he was appointed coach for the 1996-97 season. Assistant coach Ron Rutledge was appointed as acting administrator of the program until a replacement is found. St. John's was 22-10 last season.


ITALIAN OPEN: At Rome, top-ranked Pete Sampras beat Sweden's Magnus Norman 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 in the Italian Open clay-court tournament, while third-ranked Marcelo Rios of Chile routed Britain's Tim Henman 6-3, 6-1.

Sampras, preparing for the French Open, advanced to a third-round match against Michael Chang, a 7-5, 6-1 winner over French qualifier Arnaud Clement. Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten, the surprise French Open winner a year ago, beat Ecuador's Nicolas La-pentti 6-0, 7-5.

GERMAN OPEN: At Berlin, top-ranked Martina Hingis, unbeaten on clay this year, beat Silvia Farina of Italy 6-0, 7-5 in the second round of the German Open. Hingis is coming off tournament victories in Hamburg and Rome.


STEELERS' SCOTT OUT FOR YEAR: Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Chad Scott tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a routine offseason workout and could miss the entire season. Scott, the Steelers' first-round draft pick in 1997, was scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday.

BENGALS SIGN SIMMONS: Free agent defensive end Clyde Simmons signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Simmons, 33, who spent last season with Jacksonville, received a $500,000 signing bonus and will get a $1 million base salary and another $250,000 for meeting playing-time incentives, said Jim So-lano, Simmons' agent.


HOLMES, FOREMAN TO TANGLE: Former heavyweight champions George Foreman and Larry Holmes have signed contracts for a fight between Oct. 3 and Jan. 10.

Foreman, who will be 50 on Jan. 10, will reportedly earn $10 million, while Holmes, who will be 49 on Nov. 3, will be paid $4 million.

Foreman's brother, Roy, said that for the fight to happen, the promoter has until Friday to put up 10 percent of the purses. Possible sites include Atlantic City, N.J.; Lake Charles, La.; New Orleans; or Biloxi, Miss.