WHITE STANDS BY HIS WORDS: Outspoken Green Bay Packers defensive end Reggie White is holding the line on political correctness, vowing to continue his verbal blasts against homosexuality.

The star player who is an ordained Baptist minister has been criticized by gay rights groups for calling homosexuality a sin. At a speech in his hometown Friday, White said he stands by his religious beliefs regardless of any publicity backlash.

"I will stand under God's word and under his principles," White said. "I have one enemy and one critic. His name is Satan."

The uproar came after White told Wisconsin state lawmakers in March that homosexuality was sinful and that America has turned away from God by allowing homosexuality to "run rampant."

White's wife has said CBS decided against hiring her husband as a football analyst because of the controversy. The network denied that.


FIRE TRIUMPHS: Chicago goalkeeper Zach Thornton posted his league-leading fourth shutout Saturday night as the Fire beat the Columbus Crew 2-0.

Rich Kotschau scored just eight minutes into the match, finishing off a cross from Jerzy Podbrozny. Peter Nowak scored the insurance goal seven minutes into the second half, breaking through the center of the defense and beating Columbus goalie Mark Dougherty from close range.

Thornton had to make just one save as the Fire outshot the Crew 17-8.

The victory moved Chicago (7-5) past idle Dallas into second place in the Western Conference, 12 points behind Los Angeles. Columbus (7-6) remains in second in the Eastern Conference.


WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The United States can win the Women's World Championship in Berlin by beating a team it already handled easily.

The U.S. team remained unbeaten with a 93-79 victory over Brazil in Saturday's semifinals. In Sunday's championship game, the United States will play Russia, a team it beat earlier in the tournament by 36 points.

Russia beat previously unbeaten Australia 82-76 in the other semifinal.

The United States won the title in 1986 and 1990 and was upset by eventual champion Brazil in the semifinals in 1994.

That didn't have much of a chance of happening four years later as Lisa Leslie, Natalie Williams and Ruthie Bolton each scored 16 points for the U.S. team and Leslie had 16 rebounds and Williams 13.

Auto racing

PONTIAC EXCITEMENT 400: Rusty Wallace spun out Jeff Gordon while racing him for the lead with 28 laps remaining Saturday night and Terry Labonte overtook Dale Jarrett with two laps to go to win a wild Pontiac Excitement 400 in Richmond, Va.

It was Labonte's first victory of the season and came under a last-lap caution after Johnny Benson brought out the final in a series of late yellow flags by spinning into the wall in turns 1 and 2 on the 398th lap.

Jarrett finished second, followed by defending champion Rusty Wallace, Ken Schrader, Mark Martin and new series points leader Jeremy Mayfield.

The race was shaping up as a duel between Wallace and Gordon, arguably the series' best short-track racers. But it turned into a crash-fest when Wallace helped Gordon into the wall in turn 2, ending the defending series champion's night, as well as his latest turn atop the point standings.

LE MANS: Porsche was closing in on its third consecutive victory at Le Mans, Frances, as two of its factory models were well ahead of the field at the halfway point of the famed endurance race Sunday.

After 12 hours of racing, a Porsche GT1 driven by Alan McNish of Britain and France's Laurent Aiello and Stephane Ortelli was in the lead, having completed 181 laps.

The car was less than one lap ahead of another Porsche.


SUU HONOR: Christy Burge, a standout catcher on the Southern Utah University softball team, has been named to the GTE Academic All-America first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The junior from Riverton was a second-team selection last year and advanced to the national ballot this time around with the highest GPA of any student-athlete on the District VIII team.

The Bingham High product carries a 3.85 grade-point average in computer information systems and led the Thunderbirds in batting, slugging, runs scored, RBI, walks, on-base percentage and in triples, where she ranked among the nation's top 20 with 0.17 per game.