Golf

NEC WORLD SERIES OF GOLF: David Duval shot a "boring" 4-under-par 66, Tiger Woods made a run at taming "The Monster" and Craig Parry inched closer to his first U.S. win while sharing the lead through Friday's second round of the NEC World Series of Golf in Akron, Ohio.

The three stand at 5-under 135 midway through the elite winners-only tournament, which pays $405,000 to the winner. That would go a long way toward moving Duval, second on the tour in earnings, or Woods, who is third, to the top spot.

At one time or another five players had at least a share of the lead.

First-round leader Phil Mickel-son, hooking his drives into trouble four times, had a 71 and was two shots back.

The pack at 1-under 139 included leading money-winner and PGA champion Vijay Singh, British Open and Masters winner Mark O'Meara, Justin Leonard, Scott Hoch and Loren Roberts.

STATE FARM RAIL CLASSIC: A resurgent Dottie Pepper birdied four of the first five holes en route to a 9-under-par 63 that gave her a two-stroke lead over Vickie Ode-gard after the first round of the $700,000 State Farm Rail Classic in Springfield, Ill.

BANKBOSTON CLASSIC: Bobby Stroble rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to complete a course record-tying 64 and take a one-shot lead in the BankBoston Senior PGA Tour Classic on Friday.

Stroble's 8-under-par round over the Nashawtuc Country Club course provided a one-stroke lead over Frank Conner. George Archer shot a 66.

DALY THANKS PARTNERS: Before John Daly teed off in the second round of the Greater Vancouver Open on Friday, he thanked Corey Pavin and David Frost for their support after he burst into tears and began shaking during the opening round.

"It was definitely a tough day," Daly said Friday in a interview with TSN. "But what Corey and David did for helping me through it . . . I just can't thank them enough."

Daly is struggling through a difficult year with his play and an ongoing battle with alcoholism.

JANZEN DISQUALIFIED: Lee Janzen waited and waited and waited for his birdie putt to tumble into the cup on the 17th green in Thursday's opening round of the NEC World Series of Golf.

He waited so long that a television viewer called the tournament and turned him in for a violation of Rule 16-2 of the Rules of Golf.

On Friday, the PGA Tour, made aware of the situation by viewers, disqualified the U.S. Open champion for signing an incorrect scorecard because he failed to add a penalty stroke for the delay.

U.S. AMATEUR: Spanish sensation Sergio Garcia toppled defending champion Matt Kuchar 2 and 1 Friday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur, keeping on course for a rare trans-Atlantic double in amateur golf.

"If I was to lose, that was the way I wanted to go out," Kuchar said after a dramatic match-play duel at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y., that was sprinkled with seven hole-winning birdies.

Garcia, 18, who won the British Amateur in June, will take on Tom McKnight, 44, a one-time pro from Galax, Va., in Saturday's semifinal. Hank Kuehne of McKinney, Texas, a recovering alcoholic who survived a scary car crash in 1995, meets Bill Lunde of Henderson, Nev., in the other semifinal.

Basketball

SPREWELL TO REFILE LAWSUIT: Latrell Sprewell is going back to court, less than a month after a judge threw out his original lawsuit against the Golden State Warriors and the NBA.

A spokesman for Sprewell said Friday that the former All-Star guard, who was suspended for most of last season after choking coach P.J. Carlesimo during a practice, will hold a news conference Monday to announce he is refiling the lawsuit.

The suit will attack the NBA's suspension and seek monetary damages, as well as claiming the NBA engaged in destruction of evidence and fraudulent activities, Sprewell spokesman Steve Hop-craft said.

FILA DROPS WEBBER: After a series of legal troubles, Sacramento Kings forward Chris Web-ber has been dropped from a multimillion-dollar endorsement contract with Fila U.S.A.

The sporting goods company terminated Webber's contract last week under a good-conduct clause, sources said Friday on condition of anonymity.

Two weeks ago, Webber was stopped during a Fila promotional trip in San Juan's international airport with a carry-on bag containing 11 grams of marijuana, U.S. Customs Service reported.

NBA REFEREE SENTENCED: Donald Vaden, one of eight NBA referees charged with down-grading first-class airline tickets purchased by the league and pocketing the difference without telling the IRS, was sentenced to six months' home confinement and two years' probation Friday for tax evasion.

Four NBA referees who previously pleaded guilty were also put on probation. Cases against the other three are pending.

LOBO STAR SENTENCED FOR DUI: New Mexico center Kenny Thomas, who was driving a car that slammed into the back of another car April 4, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Metropolitan Judge Kevin Fitzwater sentenced Thomas to two days in the Bernalillo County Detention Center, beginning Friday. Thomas also was ordered to complete a program on DWI.

Tests showed Thomas had a blood-alcohol content at 0.17 percent and 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit, after the crash in Albuquerque.

Tennis

ATP ON ANDRO: The ATP Tour today denied a published report that androstenedione had been added to its list of banned substances as recently as Thursday, saying players already were forbidden from using it.

"Drugs of this nature come under the heading of related substances," said Graeme Agars, ATP Tour vice president of communications. "As far as the ATP Tour antidoping program is concerned, any substance which raises level of testosterone is banned and has been banned."

MFS PRO CHAMPIONSHIP: Qualifier Sebastien Grosjean of France upset top-seeded Jonas Bjorkman 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the MFS Pro Tennis Championship at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass.

In other quarterfinals Friday, fourth-seeded Michael Chang defeated Gianluca Pozzi of Italy 6-4, 2-6, 6-1; Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands beat countryman and defending champion Sjeng Schal-ken 0-6, 6-4, 6-3; and third-seeded Cedric Pioline of France defeated Thomas Muster of Austria 7-5, 6-3.

PILOT PEN INTERNATIONAL: Steffi Graf beat Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) Friday night in the Pilot Pen International, snapping the defending champion's 13-match winning streak and ad-van-cing to her first final since knee surgery 14 months ago.

Graf will meet Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna in today's title match in New Haven, Conn. Novotna advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over unseeded Julie Halard-Decugis.

Hockey

HULL TO OFFER EXPLANATION: Bobby Hull has asked for, and been granted, a meeting with the Canadian Jewish Congress to explain pro-Hitler remarks attributed to him by the Moscow Times.

Timothy Danson, the lawyer representing the Hockey Hall-of-Famer, contacted the CJC and told them Hull wanted to personally tell his side of the story. The congress said a meeting, which would also include black leaders, would be held within 10 days.

In a story published Tuesday, the English-language Times quoted Hull as saying: "Hitler, for example, had some good ideas. He just went a little bit too far." The story also said Hull made disparaging remarks about the U.S. black population.

Hull has repeatedly denied the story.

Auto racing

BELGIUM GRAND PRIX: Michael Schumacher showed Friday why he has won the Belgian Grand Prix the last three years. The treacherous course showed Mika Hakkinen and Jacques Villeneuve why it is part of Formula One lore.

Hakkinen and Villenueve lost control at high speed on the slippery track and slammed into the protective barriers. They walked away from their crashes.

Schumacher kept his Ferrari on the track and finished the free practice first, just ahead of Hak-kinen.

CMT 300: A practice crash by Jeff Burton - one that could have an impact on Sunday's CMT 300 - overshadowed Jeff Gordon's seventh pole this season in qualifying Friday at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Burton, who dominated the Jiffy Lube 300 last month at NHIS, was one of seven drivers to have problems prior to time tests on the 1.058-mile oval. He lost his primary car when he hit the wall hard in turn three.

Track and field

JONES WINS AGAIN: World champion Marion Jones continued her dominance of the 100 meters Friday, leading from start to finish in the Van Damme Memorial Grand Prix meet Friday in Brussels, Belgium.

Jones' winning time of 10.80 seconds was too much for French rival Christine Arron, who settled for second in 10.95.

The four athletes still in the running for a share of the $1 million Golden League Jackpot won their events to stay in contention for the big prize.

Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie ran a season-best time of 7 minutes, 25.09 seconds to demolish the opposition in the 3,000 meters and Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj won the 1,500 in 3:29.68.

Bryan Bronson stayed in the running with a 48.25-second victory in the 400-meters hurdles.

Boxing

CALL AL WINNER: Meldrick Taylor lost in his comeback attempt Friday night when Hasan Al of Denmark outpointed the former featherweight champion in a non-title welterweight bout at Aarhus Stadionhal in Aarhus, Denmark.

The 26-year-old Al won a unanimous decision in the 10-round bout that featured no knockdowns. The judges scored the fight in favor of Al 98-94, 99-94 and 99-95.

Cycling

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Felicia Ballanger captured her fourth consecutive women's sprint title at the World Cycling Championships on Friday in Bordeaux, France, but the French victory streak was stopped.

After winning the first four events of the competition, the host country finally lost one when Lucy Tyler-Sharman of Australia took the individual pursuit for women.

Ukraine captured the men's team pursuit title.