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BaseballNL LEADS INTERLEAGUE: The National League beat the American League 68-57 in the first leg of interleague play, helped by an 8-1 mark against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Colorado's Darryl Hamilton had the highest batting average, hitting .571 (12-for-21). He was followed by Minnesota's Corey Koskie (.556) and Kansas City's Joe Randa (.516).

Houston's Jeff Bagwell and Detroit's Dean Palmer tied for the most home runs with five, and Bruce Aven, a 27-year-old rookie on the Florida Marlins, led in RBIs with 17.

The Chicago White Sox, Cleveland, Florida, Montreal, the New York Mets, Philadelphia and San Francisco tied for the best record at 6-3.

At the other end were the Devil Rays and the Chicago Cubs (1-5).

Attendance averaged 31,788, up from the intraleague average of 26,391 -- even without interleague play, attendance usually starts increasing with the Memorial Day weekend.

Interleague games averaged 33,407 during their first season in 1997 and 31,447 last year.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Justin Wayne took care of the pitching, and Stanford's hitters took care of Florida State.

John Gall went 3-for-4 with a home run, Craig Thompson hit a three-run double and Stanford survived a seventh-inning rally to beat Florida State 10-6 Monday at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Stanford won't play again until Thursday, awaiting the winner of Tuesday's elimination game between the Seminoles and Cal State-Fullerton. The Titans beat Texas A&M 4-2, sending the Aggies home.

In another elimination game today, Alabama (52-15) plays Rice (59-14).

Wayne (10-1), a right-hander whose 15-1 record in two years represents the best winning percentage in Stanford history, pitched 7 2/3 innings as the Cardinal (50-13) won their 11th straight.

Basketball

KNIGHT'S ASSAULT CASE: It will be at least Wednesday before authorities can decide what to do with Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight and the man who claims Knight choked him.

"Basically, the investigation is at a standstill," Monroe County, Ind., prosecutor Carl Salzmann said Monday.

Chris Foster, a Bloomington guitar-maker, said he overheard Knight make a racist remark at an Ellettsville restaurant last week. When he confronted Knight, he said, the coach grabbed him by the neck and picked him up, leaving red marks on his neck.

Foster's lawyer, Kevin P. McGoff, said late Monday that his client is eager to cooperate with Salzmann's office. He said Foster would give Salzmann a statement by Wednesday.

Salzmann said he plans to decide by then whether to charge Knight with battery with or without Foster's statement.

Skiing

COLORADO'S WINTER WOES: Colorado resorts had their worst season in nearly two decades last winter as a dearth of early-season snow contributed to a drop of about 5 percent in skiers in the nation's No. 1 ski state.

"All the gains we made in the last three years we gave back," said John Frew, president of Colorado Ski Country USA. "It was the worst drop since 1980-81, the last major snow drought year."

Colorado skier days dropped to 11.3 million from nearly 11.8 million, according to industry figures released Monday. A skier day is the equivalent of a full-day lift ticket. Nationwide, skier days fell 2.5 percent to 52.1 million, the biggest decline since 1991-92, according to the National Ski Areas Association.

Frew said widely publicized "buddy passes," which allowed four people to buy season tickets at 1970s prices, failed to make up for the bad snow. He said thousands of the passes were not even picked up.

The resorts anticipated a good season because of La Nina, which some forecasters believed would deliver above-average snow to Colorado. Instead, the phenomenon sent the snow to the West Coast and Canada. In Colorado, snowfall was down 11 percent and much of it arrived after the lucrative Christmas season.

Vail, whose 16 percent drop was the largest of any major area, saw its sister resort of Breckenridge oust it as the nation's No. 1 resort. Breckenridge, which benefited from buddy pass sales, was up 6.5 percent to 1,385,927 skiers.