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DUVAL GETS BURNED: David Duval, the No. 1 player in the world and one of the favorites heading into the U.S. Open, sustained second-degree burns on his right thumb and forefinger picking up a tea pot on a gas stove at his home Friday morning.Bev Norwood, a spokesman for Duval at International Management Group, said Duval is expected to play the U.S. Open, which starts Thursday at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, although he may not practice again until Monday or Tuesday.


LOBO OUT FOR SEASON: Her season lasted all of 42 seconds. Now Rebecca Lobo, one of the WNBA's marquee players, is the season's first major casualty.

The New York Liberty star will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn knee ligament that will require surgery.

Lobo tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in the first minute of the team's season opener Thursday night. Team physician Dr. Susan Craig-Scott said Lobo will have surgery in two to three weeks.


VAN GUNDY COULD WIN BIG: Jeff Van Gundy stands to make millions if the Knicks make it to the NBA Finals.

An option year in Van Gundy's contract worth $3.5 million becomes guaranteed if he leads his team out of the Eastern Conference finals, and he also would reportedly receive a $500,000 bonus.

The dour-faced coach, in his fourth season running the team, is currently making $2 million per season -- the same amount Doc Rivers will be getting from Orlando next season despite never having coached at any level.

LEWIS' CLASSMATE TESTIFIES: A college classmate of Reggie Lewis said in a deposition read in court Friday that he snorted cocaine and freebased with the Boston Celtics star, who died of an abnormal heart rhythm in 1993.

The testimony is key to the defense of Dr. Gilbert Mudge, a renowned cardiologist who is accused in a $117 million malpractice lawsuit of misdiagnosing and mistreating Lewis.

"We were snorting lines of cocaine and freebasing, both of us were smoking cocaine," Wayne Brown said in a deposition, adding that he did drugs with Lewis "probably six" times while they were in college in the 1980s.

FORMER NBA PLAYER ARRESTED: Dontae' Jones, who played briefly in the NBA after leading Mississippi State to the Final Four, was arrested Friday in connection with a shooting that wounded seven people.

The shooting took place April 25 outside a nightclub called the Players Draft House. The gunfire was the result of an argument between a Memphis rap group and an entertainment promoter at the night spot, according to police reports.

KNIGHT'S ACCUSER DOUBTED: Bob Knight most likely will learn Monday if he will face assault charges, but the prosecutor has questioned the credibility of the coach's accuser.

The Indiana coach is accused of making a racist remark in a restaurant near the campus Monday night, then choking a patron in the parking lot and challenging him to fight.

Monroe County prosecutor Carl Salzmann could decide to file assault and battery charges against the 58-year-old coach.

The complaint was made by Chris Foster, 38, and he faces possible provocation charges.

HASKINS MAINTAINS INNOCENCE: Minnesota basketball coach Clem Haskins repeated his denial of wrongdoing Friday despite new evidence that he paid for a Hawaiian trip of the woman at the center of the scandal.

Early in the day, the chairman of the Board of Regents told The Associated Press that Haskins should resign.

UNION TO APPEAL FINES: The NBA players' union was preparing Friday to file a grievance on behalf of two teams fined $25,000 each by the league for giving players expense-paid trips.

The union announced the action on Friday, a day after the league penalized the Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings for salary cap violations.

PENNY FILES FOR FREE AGENCY: Four-time NBA all-star Penny Hardaway exercised an option to void the last three years of his contract with the Orlando Magic and will become a free agent on July 1.

Hardaway, who averaged 15.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists this season, complained after an early playoff exit that he was underappreciated and said a change of scenery seemed like a logical solution.

Auto racing

GORDON WINS POLE: The fire still burns in Jeff Gordon, despite trailing badly in the Winston Cup driver standings. And for one lap Friday, his familiar No. 24 car ran like it's supposed to.

Gordon won the pole for Sunday's Kmart 400, his fourth pole of the season, pushing his Chevrolet around Michigan Speedway in a one-lap speed of 186.945 mph. In the process, he shattered his own track record of 186.611 set in June 1995.

EARNHARDT WINS AGAIN: Dale Earnhardt won his third straight IROC Race of Champions on Friday, bumping and grinding his way his way through the final turn to win by .007 seconds at Michigan Speedway.

With one race remaining -- at the Brickyard in July -- Earnhardt has a chance to become the only driver in the 23-year history of the series to win all four races in a season. Rusty Wallace, who won the final three races in 1991, is the only other driver to win three straight IROC races.


COBB AWARDED $10.7 MILLION: A jury on Friday ordered Time Inc. to pay $10.7 million to ex-heavyweight boxer Randall "Tex" Cobb for a 1993 Sports Illustrated article that said he fixed a fight and shared cocaine with the loser.

The federal jury awarded Cobb $2.2 million in punitive damages to go with $8.5 million it awarded Wednesday in compensatory damages. He had demanded up to $100 million in his libel lawsuit.

Judge Robert Echols ruled that the jury could consider the financial resources of Time Inc., the magazine's parent, in determining the punitive damage figure.

TYSON TO START TRAINING: Mike Tyson will return to Arizona to train for his next fight, which may come as early as August.

The former heavyweight champion, who is on probation until February, can come back after 3 1/2 months in a Maryland jail because of an agreement reached under an interstate compact, according to John MacDonald, spokesman for the Arizona Supreme Court.

Tyson intends to resume training for a bout, possibly in August or September, at Las Vegas' MGM Grand hotel and casino.


SPARTAN TAILBACK TO BE ARRAIGNED: Michigan State tailback Little John Flowers will be arraigned this week on charges of gambling and interfering with police, court officials said Friday.

The charges stem from a June 5 encounter with police at a Kalamazoo park. University athletic officials say the 19-year-old player was caught shooting dice with friends and resisted arrest.


JOHNSON WILL RUN ALONE: Morris Chrobotek, Ben Johnson's agent, wanted the sprinter to compete Saturday at a meet in Kitchener, Ontario. But mindful that anyone who runs in a race with Johnson is subject to suspension until his reinstatement appeal is dealt with by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, Chrobotek said Johnson would run against the clock, rather than other competitors.

The idea was to show the 37-year-old Johnson can run under the Canadian 100-meter standard of 10.6 seconds, the time needed to qualify for the national championships.


SAMPRAS NO. 1: Pete Sampras beat Goran Ivanisevic 7-5, 6-4 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Queen's Club tournament, assuring him the No. 1 ranking when Wimbledon begins.

The victory, a rematch of last year's Wimbledon final, also means Sampras will equal Ivan Lendl's record of 270 weeks at the top.

MCENROE, CONNORS ADVANCE: Defending champion John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors both won quarterfinal matches Friday in the $200,000 Citibank Champions senior tournament.

Mel Purcell and Mikael Pernfors also advanced to Saturday's semifinals at Manhattanville College.

McEnroe beat Johan Kriek 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 and will play Purcell, who beat Guillermo Vilas 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-4), 10-5.

Connors, the senior tour's top-ranked player, beat Joakim Nystrom 7-5, 6-3 and he will play Pernfors, a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Mats Wilander.

The finals are Sunday and the winner receives $50,000.


NL SUSPENDS VALENTINE: The National League saw through Bobby Valentine's disguise, suspending the New York Mets manager for two games and fining him $5,000.

Valentine was ejected in the 12th inning Wednesday night by plate umpire Randy Marsh for arguing a catcher's interference call on Mike Piazza. The manager returned to the dugout with a fake mustache and glasses.

COSTNER BACKS ALMA MATER: The Titans made the College World Series, and Kevin Costner will come. Cal State-Fullerton sports information director Mel Franks said Costner was scheduled to fly into Omaha on Saturday for the Titans' game against Stanford.

Costner, a Cal State-Fullerton alum, attended the series in 1995 when the Titans won the championship. He was expected to arrive Saturday by private jet.

Ice skating

WORLD CHAMP DISMISSED: Two-time world champion Alexei Yagudin is under a doctor's care in Russia for a drinking problem after being dismissed from a skating tour.

Yagudin, 19, was booted off the John Hancock Champions on Ice tour after a performance in Denver on May 27. He returned to his native Russia, where doctors have determined he is not an alcoholic. But he remains under their care.