ELWAY STILL DECIDING: Quarterback John Elway still can't make up his mind about whether to retire or play another season with the Denver Broncos.

Elway has been pondering his football future since the Broncos won the Super Bowl in January. He said Friday that he had been leaning toward retirement after 15 years in the NFL but wasn't sure.

"Every morning I get up, it's still different. It's the biggest decision of my life, so I'm not going to rush it," he said at the John Elway Classic at Arrowhead Golf Club.

"I'm really more tired of talking about it than anything," he said about speculation in the media.

Elway said he is progressing well from the arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder earlier. "I can swing a golf club."

He has worked out with his teammates in the off-season, but will not attend minicamp this week.

Auto racing

MILLER LITE 200: A tiny adjustment was the difference Saturday in West Allis, Wis., as Patrick Carpentier beat teammate Greg Moore for the Miller Lite 200 pole in a battle of backup cars.

Carpentier, who earlier this season won his first CART series pole on the one-mile oval at Nazareth, Pa., got this one on the Milwaukee Mile with a lap of 185.500 mph.

MBNA PLATINUM 200: Dale Earnhardt Jr. overcame a spin at the entrance to pit road with a fast, four-tire change on his final stop to win the MBNA Platinum 200 on Saturday in Dover, Del.

MBNA PLATINUM 400: Track position usually is one of the keys to victory at Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Del., where a narrow ribbon of concrete often dictates single-file racing.

Rusty Wallace, on the pole for the running Sunday of the $1.7 million MBNA Platinum 400, knows that better than most. Three career victories on the treacherous track prove he has discovered the fast way around.

Horse racing

MASSACHUSETTS HANDICAP: Skip Away set a track record in Boston Saturday, becoming just the fifth horse in history to claim the Massachusetts Handicap twice, easily outdistancing Chilean champ Puerto Madero to win the 59th running of New England's richest and most historic race.


U.S. WOMEN BEAT CHINA: At Bremen, Germany, Lisa Leslie scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Saturday, leading the United States to a 70-54 win over China and its fourth straight victory at the Women's World Championships.

Chamique Holdsclaw scored 13 points, Natalie Williams had 11 and Nikki McCray 10.

The Americans' defense pressured China into seven turnovers and only three field goals in the first 10 minutes.

The U.S. got off to a fast start, hitting six of its first eight shots, and with six minutes left in the half, led 35-13.

But China outscored the U.S. 13-2 and the half ended with the Americans ahead 42-28.


BECKER TO SKIP WIMBLEDON: Boris Becker, a three-time Wimbledon champion, Saturday said he will definitely skip the grand slam tournament that provided the backdrop for many of his greatest successes.

Becker, who reached the singles final seven times, announced last year that his quarterfinal loss to Pete Sampras would be his last match at the All England Championships.

But since then Becker had left the option of a return this year open as he continues to show some on-court prowress, including leading the German team to victory in last week's World Team Cup.


NO VISAS FOR CUBAN PLAYERS: Cuba denied Saturday that any arrangements had been made with Nicaragua to grant Nicaraguan visas for three Cuban baseball players and a coach who tried to flee the island but were forcibly returned.

The four said Friday they have been promised visas by officials at the Nicaraguan embassy in the Cuban capital. Afterward, coach Orlando Chinea said he was told the offer applied to all of the approximately 190 Cubans the Bahamas repatriated in recent weeks.

Cuba's Foreign Ministry said that if Nicaraguan President Arnoldo Aleman is willing to accept immigrants, he could have all the Cubans he wanted - but not the repatriated baseball players.


U.S. WOMEN WIN: Debbie Keller scored twice and set up another goal as the United States women's team routed New Zealand 5-0 Saturday in Washington in an exhibition game, extending its winning streak to nine.

Cindy Parlow, Lori Fair and Tiffeny Milbrett also scored for the Americans (13-1-1), preparing for the 1999 Women's World Cup. The U.S. team's only loss of the year was 4-1 to Norway on March 19 at Lagos, Portugal.