GOODWILL FOR U.'S MILLER: University of Utah guard Andre Miller is among 17 collegiate players named finalists for the 1998 USA Basketball Goodwill Games team.
Kentucky's Scott Padgett and Miller, who helped lead their schools to the NCAA national championship game last season, are joined by Duke forward Elton Brand, Connecticut guard Khalid El-Amin, Georgia Tech guard Dion Glover, Indiana guard A.J. Guyton, South Carolina guard B.J. McKie and Oklahoma forward Ryan Humphrey.
The final 12-man roster will be named after the team's training camp at the University of Minnesota from July 6-12. The Goodwill Games squad then will compete against the 1998 U.S. World Championship team, comprised of top National Basketball Association players, in an exhibition game on July 14 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit.
WOMEN'S WORLDS: Lisa Leslie scored 26 points and the United States (6-0) routed previously unbeaten Russia 96-60 at the Women's World Championships at Bremen, Germany. The victory put the U.S. against Slovakia Thursday in the first game of the eight-team, single-elimination finals.
ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL: Rosie Jones recovered from bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes to capture the Rochester International, one day after it was postponed by rain.
Jones regrouped to win by two shots at 9-under 279, her ninth victory in 16 years on the LPGA Tour, worth $105,000. Juli Inkster vaulted into second place with a 68 to finish at 7-under 281. Hollis Stacy dropped to third with a 70 to finish at 6-under. Defending champion Penny Hammel slumped to 4-over, one ahead of South Korean rookie Se Ri Pak.
WOODS WITHDRAWS: With the U.S. Open just two weeks away, Tiger Woods withdrew from the Kemper Open with a sore back and flew to Las Vegas for treatment.
PREDATORS' FIRST: The NHL expansion Nashville Predators acquired their first player, right wing Marian Cisar from the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations. The 20-year-old Slovakian spent the past two seasons with Spokane of the Western Hockey League. Cisar had 33 goals and 40 assists last season.
RECORD SHATTERD: Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie bettered the men's 10,000 meter world record by five seconds in 26 minutes, 22.7 seconds at the Adriaan Paulen Memorial track in Hengelo, Netherlands. He shattered the mark of 26:27.85 set by Kenyan Paul Tergat in Brussels last August 27.
TOUR OF ITALY: Fabiano Fontanelli edged Paolo Bettini and Mario Scirea to win the Tour of Italy's 16th stage in Asiago, Italy.
That trio of Italians finished seven seconds ahead of a group of chasing riders and nearly 12 minutes ahead of the top contenders.
Alex Zuelle retained the lead heading into the toughest climbing stages.