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Schumacher takes pole

IMOLA, Italy - Formula One champion Michael Schumacher withstood a late challenge from Gerhard Berger on the revamped Imola circuit Friday to win provisional pole position for the San Marino Grand Prix.

Polidor killed

CARACAS, Venezuela - Former major league shortstop Gus Polidor was shot and killed Friday when two men attempted to steal his car and take his one-year-old son.

U.S. ties Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Pat Neaton scored at 4:14 of the third period to salvage a 2-2 tie for the United States against Sweden in the World Hockey Championships Friday night.

Team USA, manned by minor leaguers and college players, is the only unbeaten team in pool B with a 3-0-1 record going into the round-robin finale against Finland on Sunday.


No replacement umps

NEW YORK - Replacement umpires will be barred from working at the SkyDome after the Toronto Blue Jays' first homestand, the Ontario Labor Relations Board said Friday.

Labonte the fastest

TALLADEGA, Ala. - Terry Labonte powered to his first pole position in 109 races, leading a speed attack on the Talladega Superspeedway oval Friday in the opening round of time trials for the Winston Select 500.

Erickson to start

INDIANAPOLIS - Craig Erickson, who recently signed a $6 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts, was named the team's starting quarterback on Friday.

Murphy honored

BOISE, Idaho - Former Atlanta Braves slugger Dale Murphy, NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving and the late Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates have been chosen for the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

They will be inducted during a late-October ceremony, joining inaugural inductees Arthur Ashe, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Rafer Johnson as members of the Hall of Fame recognizing positive influences in the sports world.

Murphy, 39, who now resides in Utah, was a seven-time All Star and two-time National League MVP who won five Gold Gloves with the Braves. He finished his career with 398 home runs and 1,266 runs batted in.

Murphy retired from the Colorado Rockies in 1993 after playing for the Braves from 1976-90 and the Philadelphia Phillies for two seasons.

Erving, or Dr. J, is regarded by many as one of basketball's greatest players. He was a four-time MVP in the NBA and ABA. Off the court, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Lupus Foundation.

Clemente was a Gold Glove winner 12 times and the National League MVP in 1966. He died in a plane crash in 1972 while organizing relief efforts for Nicaragua.

Mr. Beautiful

NEW YORK - Pro basketball player Grant Hill can't figure out how he made People magazine's sixth annual list of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World."

"I'm so thin that when I go to the beach, I don't take my shirt off," the 22-year-old Detroit Pistons rookie said.

The list also includes John F. Kennedy Jr., who has made it five out of six years; Halle Berry and Claudia Schiffer, both for the third time; Demi Moore, for the second time; and television actor Russell Wong.


Fresno shuts out Utes

ALBUQUERQUE - Four-time defending champion New Mexico and second-seeded Fresno State advanced to Saturday's finals of the Western Athletic Conference tennis championships with overpowering wins Friday.

Top-seed New Mexico won five of six singles matches and swept in doubles to beat No. 4 Texas-El Paso, 6-1. Fresno State also swept in singles and defeated No. 3 Utah, 6-0.

Fresno State's No. 1 singles player, Fredrik Bergh downed Utah's Christian Svensson, 6-2, 6-1.