COMMENTS SURPRISE HOLTZ: Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz was surprised that his mental stability during the 1996 season was questioned.

During testimony Saturday in an age discrimination lawsuit former assistant Joe Moore has filed against Notre Dame, current Irish coach Bob Davie said he speculated to another assistant that Holtz was having mental problems.

"I am completely mystified at the comments attributed to Bob Davie during his testimony in the Joe Moore lawsuit," Holtz said in a statement released Sunday.

"Bob never said anything but positive comments to me personally and frequently came into my office and complimented me on the way I handled various situations. Never once has he uttered a complaint or concern to me personally."

Moore, 66, is suing the university for $1 million, saying Davie fired him because he thought he was too old. Davie said he fired Moore because he was disrespectful to Holtz and other coaches.

The trial is expected to resume Tuesday morning with Notre Dame lawyers presenting their case. Attorneys said they could wrap up their case Tuesday afternoon. Closing arguments are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.

COLORADO WILDCATS ARE BACK: The Professional Indoor Football League has reinstated the Colorado Wildcats as a league member. The Wildcats had ceased operations last week when the team's owner announced the team was out of funds.

On Thursday, Denver businessman Tom Schaeffer signed an agreement to buy the team, putting up enough money for the team to finish the season.


RANGERS, JOSEPH CLOSE TO DEAL: The New York Rangers, unwilling to meet Mike Richter's contract demands, are close to signing fellow free agent goalie Curtis Joseph, according to newspaper reports.

The Daily News and The New York Times said Monday that Joseph's agent, Don Meehan, is seeking a four-year deal for $20 million to $24 million. Richter turned down a five-year, $27 million package late last month, and last week reportedly rejected a three-year, $15 million offer.

Auto racing

GRAND PRIX OF CLEVELAND: Alex Zanardi won the Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland, for his third straight CART victory, and fifth in 10 races.

Michael Andretti, finished second, followed by Dario Franchitti, Scott Pruett, Adrian Fernandez, Gil de Ferran and Jimmy Vasser. The victory raised Zanardi's lead over second-place Greg Moore from 38 to 59 points in the season standings.

JIFFY LUBE 300: At Loudon, N.H., Jeff Burton easily defended his Jiffy Lube 300 titley, leading 191 of 300 laps to win for the first time this season and fourth in his Winston Cup career.

After starting fifth, Burton took the lead on lap 79 and dominated the rest of the way, beating Mark Martin by 7.439 seconds. Third was Jeff Gordon, the reigning series champion, who was trying to become the first repeat winner at the track where he took the CMT 300 last September.


SWISS OPEN: At Gstaad, Switzerland, Alex Corretja defeated Boris Becker 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the Swiss Open, denying the German a landmark 50th career singles title and first ever on clay. Corretja, a French Open finalist this year, earned his sixth career title and his second this season.

CZECH OPEN: At Prague, Czech Republic, top-seeded Jana No-vot-na beat Sandrine Testud 6-3, 6-0 to win the Czech Open clay court tournament. Novotna, the Wimbledon champion and world No. 2, was trailing 3-2 in the first set before winning 10 straight games.

SWEDISH OPEN: At Bastad, Sweden, Magnus Gustafsson became the first player to win the Swedish Open four times, defeating Andrei Medvedev 6-2, 6-3. Gustafsson, who also won the clay-court tournament in 1991, 1992 and 1996, surpassed compatriots Bjorn Borg and Mats Wilander in victories. Borg and Wilander each won three times.