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Hockey

NHL HONOR: St. Louis Blues right wing Brett Hull, who scored five goals in two games, was selected NHL player of the week.

Auto racing

APPEAL: Jacques Villeneuve will find out if he is still in the running for the Formula One world driving title after the International Automobile Federation said the appeal of his disqualification at the Japanese Grand Prix will be heard Oct. 21.

Villeneuve ignored a yellow flag during practice Saturday just before he won the pole position in qualifying for the race. After his team appealed the decision, Villeneuve was reinstated to the pole.

If Villeneuve is stripped of Sunday's points for the yellow-flag violation, German Michael Schumacher would be ahead 78-77.

Tennis

CZECH INDOOR: Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark outlasted Alex O'Brien 7-6 (10-8), 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (11-9) at the $1 million ATP Czech Indoor tournament.

Top-seeded Briton Greg Rusedski withdrew over the weekend, citing family reasons.

EUROPEAN INDOORS: Venus Williams routed Romania's Ruxandra Dragomir 6-0, 6-3 in the first round of the European Indoors in Zurich, Switzerland..

In other matches, sixth-seeded Anke Huber of Germany defeated Mary Joe Fernandez 7-5, 6-0; France's Nathalie Tauziat outlasted Kimberly Po 6-3, 5-7, 7-5; Anne-Gaelle Sidot of France beat Slovakia's Karina Habsudova 6-2, 7-6 (7-3); and Czech qualifier Sandra Kleinova downed Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva 6-3, 6-3.

LYON GRAND PRIX: Second-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia routed New Zealand's Brett Steven 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the $750,000 Lyon Grand Prix in Lyon, France.