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MLS PLAYOFFS: Chris Henderson had a goal and an assist as Colorado shut out Kansas City 3-0 Saturday in the first game of the Major League Soccer playoffs.

It was the Rapids' first win over the Wizards in five games this season. Game 2 of the best-of-3 series will be Wednesday at Colorado.


SURGERY FOR CAMINITI, JOYNER: Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti and first baseman Wally Joyner underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Saturday.

Both are expected to be fully recovered by the start of spring training, the team said.


PERKINS' LAST SEASON: Seattle SuperSonic Nate McMillan has already said this season will be his last. Now, teammate Sam Perkins is following suit.

"Nate has said what he's going to do," the 36-year-old Perkins said this week. "As far as me, I know I'm not going to be here next year."

The veteran 6-foot-10 forward and center, who has played five seasons with the Seattle, says he'll retire after this season due to a combination of the Sonics salary structure, the direction he sees the team headed, nagging injuries and age.


BYU CROSS COUNTRY: Second-ranked BYU women's cross country team dominated the competition this Saturday at the Mountain West Classic in Montana with a first- and second-place finish.

The BYU A team grasped first place overall with 26 points in the 6K, while the BYU freshmen team pulled off a surprise upset by finishing second overall, with 106 points. The two teams placed seven runners in the top ten positions.

The 18th-ranked BYU men's cross country team placed sixth overall in the same meet this weekend.

Courtney Pugmire was the Cougars' top runner, coming in with a time of 21:17.


GATTI STOPS RUELAS: Arturo Gatti, almost out on his feet in the fourth round, stormed back in the fifth to knock down and stop Gabriel Ruelas and retain the IBF junior lightweight championship Saturday night.

It was a war, especially in the last two rounds of the scheduled 12-round bout on the Lennox Lewis-Andrew Golota undercard.


COUGARS TOP WYOMING: Behind a career-best 19 kills from junior Korie Rogers, BYU's women's volleyball team overcame some lethargic play to beat Wyoming 15-7, 15-6, 10-15, 15-6 Saturday night in Provo.

All-America middle blocker Amy Steele Gant was close behind Rogers with 18 kills. Julie Overton lead the Wyoming attack with 16 kills, Anna Parmely had 13 digs and Melody Friehauf and Jami Laya had seven blocks each.

The Cougars hit the WAC road to play two new conference foes, Air Force and UNLV next week.

USU FALLS: Utah State's Big West one-game winning streak was short-lived as the Aggies fell to New Mexico State in four games, 15-13, 5-15, 7-15, 8-15 in Las Cruces Saturday night. The loss dropped the Ags to 10-7 on the season and 1-3 in Big West action. New Mexico State improved to 7-9 and 3-1.

Auto racing

LAND SPEEDERS: High winds continue to plague Craig Breedlove of the U.S. and Andy Green of Britain in their battle over the land-speed record.

Both drivers wanted to make runs Saturday but were thwarted when winds kicked up on the Black Rock Desert, 125 miles north of Reno. They plan to make runs Sunday if the weather cooperates.

Winds kicked dust on the dry lake bed up to 300 feet in the air and obscured visibility.

Green has only made one run since pushing his jet-powered Thrust SSC on Sept. 25 to a 714.144 mph record, 81 mph faster than the old record set 14 years ago Saturday by his boss, Richard Noble.

The British team's next goal is to become the first on land to achieve the speed of sound.

DRAG RACING: At Millington, Tenn., Cory McClenathan recorded the second fastest time in drag racing history Saturday during qualifying for the 10th annual Pennzoil Nationals.

McClenathan, of Anaheim, Calif., had a speed of 318.58 mph in the Joe Gibbs-owned McDonald's dragster, second only to Kenny Bernstein's 318.69 recorded last fall at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.

UAW-GM 500: Not many good things have happened for Geoff Bodine lately. He's hoping that trend is changing.

Bodine, who won the pole for today's UAW-GM 500 in Concord, N.C. - his first pole in more than two years - has gone through some tough times since Hoosier tires made the decision to withdraw from the Winston Cup series after the 1994 season.