NEW L.A. GM: The Los Angeles Dodgers, who have changed owners, key players, their manager and general manager this year, tied up another loose end Friday by making Kevin Malone their GM. Malone, 41, who held the same post with the Montreal Expos in 1994-95, was an assistant under Baltimore Orioles GM Pat Gillick the past two years.

TAVAREZ SUSPENDED: San Francisco Giants pitcher Julian Tavarez was suspended for three games by NL president Len Coleman and fined $1,000 for behavior - slamming his glove to the ground, tossing his cap toward the plate and ending up chest-to-chest with umpire Sam Holbrook - that led to his ejection Wednesday night.


SUMMERHAYS LEADS: Bruce Summerhays had nine birdies in an 8-under-par 64 Friday and held a one-stroke lead over four golfers after the first round of the Senior PGA Tour's Comfort Classic at the Brickyard Crossing in Indianapolis. Summerhays had a 31 on the back nine, which included his only bogey but six of the birdies.

The 64 was one stroke off J.C. Snead's year-old course record and left Summerhays one stroke in front of Terry Dill, Simon Hobday, George Archer and Bobby Stroble.

Summerhays birdied three of the first five holes, and added another on 10 before a "fat 7-iron" cost him a bogey at 11. But he birdied Nos. 12, 13 and 15, and finished with birdies on the last two holes for his lowest round of the year.

"It was one of those days that come, well, once in a year," Summerhays said. "When you have greens like these where you have to place the ball, I like that. It's more of a challenge. You have to get your putting going."

BRITISH MASTERS: Darren Clarke, vying for the lead in the European rankings, shot a 1-under 71 Friday for a share of first place at the $1.24 million British Masters in Coventry, England. But his round was overshadowed by Ian Woosnam's spectacular turnaround.

Clarke had a 6-under 138 total and was tied for the lead with Spain's Carl Suneson, who fired his second straight 69.

But Woosnam's back nine of 8-under 28 was the highlight of the second round on the par-72 Forest of Arden course. The former world No. 1, who had opened with a 3-over 75, fell to 6-over before finishing with a 66 for 141.

CANADIAN OPEN: Bob Friend, the 34-year-old son of ex-Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Friend, recovered from consecutive bogeys on his back nine to finish the second round of the Canadian Open with a 5-under 67. His 8-under 136 puts him one stroke ahead of Billy Andrade.

Chris DiMarco and Robert Damron, both looking for their first PGA Tour victory, played without a bogey in the second round and were at 6-under 138.

SAFECO CLASSIC: Rookie Se Ri Pak, looking for her fifth LPGA victory of the year, shot a 4-under-par 68 Friday and took a one-shot lead after the second round of the Safeco Classic in Kent, Wash.

Pak, second on the money list with $800,000 and only $6,000 behind Annika Sorenstam, had six birdies and two bogeys Friday and her 9-under 135 total allowed her to overtake first-round leader Sherri Steinhauer.


LIBERTY FIRE COACH: The New York Liberty's failure to get into the WNBA playoffs cost coach Nancy Darsch her job Friday. The club announced that Darsch's contract will not be renewed.


MORE MOE? Maybe former Olympic downhill ski champion Tommy Moe isn't finished with the Olympics and World Cup racing.

Moe, surprise gold medalist in downhill in the 1994 Winter Games but slowed by injuries since then, announced his retirement recently and said he planned to compete this winter in the made-for-TV King of the Mountain series of five downhills involving two-man teams. On Friday, however, he said he might be back for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Track and field

SURGERY FOR BAILEY: Donovan Bailey, the world record-holder in the 100-meter dash and 1996 Olympic gold medalist, underwent surgery Friday to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon. Bailey was injured Wednesday night while playing basketball with friends.

JONES TRIUMPHS: Marion Jones led all the way in racing to victory in the women's 200 meters in a meet-record 21.62 seconds - the third-fastest in history - at the World Cup Friday in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jones' victory kept her undefeated in 36 finals this year in the long and short sprints, the long jump and relays.