Graf breezes at Paris Open

PARIS - Steffi Graf returned from a three-month layoff with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Yelena Makarova at the Paris Open.


Perry takes lead at Hope Classic

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - On a day when three presidents thrashed their way around the course, Kenny Perry shot a 9-under-par 63 for the first-round lead at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Bill Clinton, George Bush and Gerald Ford drew a crowd of more than 10,000 fans for their pairing at Indian Wells Country Club with 91-year-old tournament host Bob Hope and defending champion Scott Hoch.

Mullin suffers concussion

OAKLAND, Calif. - Chris Mullin, who has missed virtually all of this season with assorted injuries, sustained a mild concussion when he fainted and fell at his home.

The Golden State Warriors star was taken to San Ramon Regional Medical Center, where he remained overnight for observation, a team spokeswoman said.

Sampras, Chang advance

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Top-seeded Pete Sampras and No. 2 Michael Chang won second-round matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the St. Jude Indoor tournament.

America3 beats Stars & Stripes

SAN DIEGO - America3's all-women crew beat Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes by 1 minute, 26 seconds in the opening race of the third round robin series of the America's Cup trials to end a three-race losing streak. America3 trails co-leaders Stars & Stripes and Young America, 9 points to 7 in the Citizen Cup standings.

Williams has heart condition

MOBILE, Ala. - A heart condition discovered by NFL doctors at the scouting combine last weekend could threaten Alabama running back Sherman Williams' shot at a professional career.

Williams, 21, will return to the university today for more tests, in hopes of determining the extent of the condition, his mother, Betty Williams, said Wednesday.

Tennis tour rejects Tampax as sponsor

NEW YORK - Concerned about its image and marketing, the women's tennis tour has rejected a $10 million-plus sponsorship from the maker of Tampax tampons.

"We couldn't risk losing the local tournament sponsors, which is where our $35 million in prize money comes from, because they didn't want to be associated with a WTA Tour presented by Tampax," said Martina Navratilova, president of the WTA Tour Players Association.

"It shouldn't be a stigma," she said, "but apparently it still is."


USU gymnasts take on Boise State

BOISE - The Utah State women's gymnastics team has gotten Tricia Yamamoto back and performing at school-record efficiency, but the Aggies (2-5) may be without several important players when they meet Boise State (1-7-1) Friday night at 7 MST in the BSU Pavilion.

USU is 24-0 vs. Boise State, which lost Monday to Southern Utah.

USU, says coach Ray Corn, must bounce back from its four-way loss at Utah last week. "We made a couple of needless mistakes (on bars)," says Corn.

Sophomore Janelle Del Rosario tied her own USU record on the beam with 9.875 in the Aggies' loss at Utah a week ago, but it is thought that she could miss all or most of Friday's meet with strained tendons in her feet. She could go on bars. Also, senior Heidi Love sprained her neck falling off bars at Utah; she is out for Friday. And freshman Anne Marie Vendetti has a sprainged left ankle and is considered out. Shannon Passes (strained Achilles in both legs) and Heidi Granere (knee, ankle) are probably.

Yamamoto had career highs on every score but floor exercise and was third in the all-around in the four-way meet at Utah with 38.925, a school all-around record, in her first meet back from a back injury.