MOLITOR PASSES MAYS: Paul Molitor moved past Hall of Famer Willie Mays and into ninth place on the all-time hit list with a ground-rule double in the first inning of the Minnesota Twins' loss at Tampa Bay. Molitor's 3,284th hit placed him 25 behind Eddie Collins.


MORE PEELER TESTIMONY: April Marks, a former girlfriend of Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Peeler, testified Thursday that the athlete once bit her on the mouth in what she considered sexual play. His lawyer has described the bites as "love bites."

ALL-WNBA TEAM: Cynthia Cooper of the Houston Comets, the league's Most Valuable Player for a second straight year, was a unanimous selection to the All-WNBA team. Cooper received the maximum 45 first-team votes and 225 points from a media panel.

She was joined on the first team by two of her Comets teammates, forwards Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson, Cleveland guard Suzie McConnell Serio and Phoenix center Jennifer Gillom.


BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, looking for his third title this year, shot an 8-under 64 to take the first-round lead at the BMW International Open.

U.S. AMATEUR: Defending champion Matt Kuchar ended both his U.S. Amateur match-play duels on the 13th hole, setting up a quarterfinal showdown with British Amateur winner Sergio Garcia.


MFS PRO CHAMPIONSHIPS: Third-seeded Cedric Pioline and fifth-seeded Thomas Muster led the advance to the quarterfinals in the MFS Pro Tennis Championships. Pioline beat Andrew Ilie 6-4, 6-3, and Muster defeated Nicolas Lapentti 6-2, 6-4.

Michael Chang, the fourth seed, got past Kenneth Carlsen 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a 2-hour, 20-minute struggle. Also, Gianluca Pozzi outlasted Lionel Roux 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

HAMLET CUP: Second-seeded Patrick Rafter beat Martin Damm 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Hamlet Cup. Rafter will face Nicolas Escude, a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Hicham Arazi.

PILOT PEN INTERNATIONAL: Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna beat Amelie Mauresmo 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) to advance to the semifinals of the Pilot Pen International, and Steffi Graf continued her comeback in dominating fashion with 6-3, 6-0 victory over Amanda Coetzer.

Also, top-seeded defending champion Lindsay Davenport advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Anke Huber. Mary Joe Fernandez completed a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 second-round victory over Sandrine Testud, before losing to Julie Halard-Decugis 7-5, 6-1.

LAVER RELEASED: One month after suffering a moderate stroke while taping a television interview, Rod Laver was released from the hospital.


ANOTHER GUILTY PLEA: The government has gotten a sixth guilty plea in its investigation of sports gambling at Northwestern University, a probe that has rocked the Big Ten's most academically prestigious university.

Michael Stemberk, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday to perjury for lying to a grand jury about his involvement in a gambling ring at the university.