SAVARESE KOS DOUGLAS: Lou Savarese, beaten in two of his previous three fights, scored a stunning first-round knockout of former world heavyweight champion Buster Douglas in an International Boxing Association heavy-weight title fight Thursday night at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn.

Savarese, a slight underdog, floored Douglas with a short right midway through the first round. Another right dropped Douglas again seconds later.

A flurry of punches from Savarese sent Douglas to the canvas a third time and referee Steve Smoger stopped it at 2:34.

Savarese, of Greenwood, N.Y., won his first 35 pro fights, then lost a decision to George Foreman and was knocked out by David Izon before getting back on the winning track by knocking out Jeff Lally in the second round in April.


2000 ALL-STAR GAME AWARDED: The Golden State Warriors will host the NBA's All-Star game in 2000, league commissioner David Stern announced Thurs-day.

Oakland beat out three other cities - Boston, Portland, and Vancouver - for the right to hold the annual game on Feb. 13, 2000. The game culminates a four-day series of events that could pump tens of millions of dollars into the local economy. The All-Star game was last held in the Bay area in 1967.

JURY INDICTS HAWKS CENTER: Prosecutors say a federal grand jury in Mississippi has indicted Atlanta Hawks center Greg "Cadillac" Anderson on drug and money laundering charges.

U.S. Attorney Brad Pigott said in a statement that Anderson is accused of two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, one count of money laundering and one count of criminal for-feit-ure.

Anderson, 34, is a 10-year NBA veteran. He played with the Hawks last season and becomes a free agent July 1.

STUDENT SENTENCED FOR BRIBE PLOT: A Cal State Fullerton student who tried to bribe a basketball player to throw a game was sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to obtain treatment for his gambling addiction.

Jack Oh, 21, an admitted compulsive gambler from La Verne, pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in April for offering Fullerton center Coury Sanders $1,000 to play poorly in a game against the University of Pacific. Sanders, who was also offered a bonus of $100 for each free throw he missed in the game, reported Oh to authorities.


LEMIEUX SUES PENGUINS: Retired Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux has battled Hodgkin's disease, back surgery and the NHL's roughest defensemen. Now he's taking on the man who signs his paychecks.

Lemieux on Thursday sued Penguins co-owner Roger Marino in Allegheny County Court, seeking $33 million that he says he is owed under a contract signed in 1992.

The lawsuit "was my last resort. I certainly didn't want to bring the Penguins to court. It's a team that I played for for 13 years and had a great relationship with them until Marino came in. Now it has become a personal issue with myself and Marino," Lemieux said.

Marino has been "willful, wanton and outrageous," said Le-mieux's lawyer, Douglas Campbell, in the lawsuit, which also seeks unspecified punitive damages. Campbell characterized Marino's motives as "malicious and oppressive."

FLYERS, LINDROS AGREE TO EXTENSION: Six months after agreeing to terms, the Philadelphia Flyers and team captain Eric Lindros have finally signed a contract extension.

There's not much time for celebration. The contract drama resumes shortly between him and Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke over a long-term deal.


UTAHN PLACES 12TH: Natalie Newren, a 15-year-old student at Cottonwood High, placed 12th in the National Open High School Golf Championship in Jekyll Island, Ga., and was named to the National High School Coaches Association All-American team.

Aaron Brown of Utah finished in 48th place and Alta's Luke Swilor finished 61st.

Utah players in the event included Ryan Fox, Kevin Richens, Jacob Turley, David Brown, Tyson Hottinger, Taylor Layton, O.J. Ainsworth, Brandon Poole, Chris Bolton, Chris Smurthwaite, Kyle Diamond, Brady Pobanz and Bryce Olsen.

More than 500 high school golfers participated in the event.

2 WIN JUNIOR TITLES: Pete Stone of Bountiful and Annie Thurman of Alpine won their respective divisions Thursday in the 1998 Utah Section PGA Junior Championships at Valley View Golf Course.

Stone fired a 66 and 68 over the two days and missed the tournament record by one shot. Thurman carded a 76 and 78 to post a three-shot victory. The two golfers will move on to the National Championships in Florida in August.

Defending champion Clay Bingham finsihed second and Tommy Sharp was third in the boys' class. In the girls' division, Darci Dahlin was second and Nicole Newren was third.