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BoxingDE LA HOYA WANTS MORE $$: Oscar De La Hoya wants double the proposed $15 million purse to get into the ring with Felix Trinidad.

According to the El Mundo newspaper, De La Hoya won't agree to fight Trinidad in a welterweight reunification fight for the $15 million he has been offered.

Alcazar said De La Hoya, the WBC champion, was discussing getting double that amount with his promoter, Bob Arum.

CALZAGHE STAYS UNBEATEN: Joe Calzaghe remained unbeaten with a unanimous decision over Rich Thornberry on Saturday, his fourth defense of the WBO super-middleweight title.


MILLER TOYOTA LOSES: Larry H. Miller Toyota's fastpitch softball team lost 2-1 on Saturday to the Decatur Pride of Illinois in the Jack Grafmeier Tournament in Kimberly, Wis.

Dewey Dyck went the distance against the Pride, allowing only four hits and striking seven, but his team's defense let him down with three errors.

Decatur Pride scored one run in the fifth inning on a single and an error, while the Illinois team added one more in the seventh with yet another error and Terry Wallin's single.

Miller Toyota stranded five runners, including three at third base.

In an earlier game, Miller Toyota defeated Dolan & Murphy (Ill.), 6-2, as Brett Alvey had four RBI and two homeruns. Chad Boom also had a two-run shot.

The Decatur loss, however, took the Salt Lake City team out of today's championship bracket.


WNBA EXPANSION: South Florida is in line to join the WNBA when the league adds four teams for next season, according to a published report.

The Miami Herald, citing league sources, said in Saturday's edition that the league will grant Miami a franchise to begin play in the summer of 2000 at the new American Airlines Arena being built for the NBA's Heat.

A formal announcement is expected as early as Monday.

WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME: A ceremonial net was cut down and the doors opened Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn., to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the first devoted to any women's sport.

In walked some of the greatest players and coaches in the history of the game. Fourteen of the first 25 inductees attended, and most said they never sought or expected such recognition.

The $9.3 million, 32,000-square-foot hall carries this credo above the door: "Honor the past. Celebrate the present. Promote the future."


RAMS SIGN HOLT: Torry Holt gave himself a memorable 23rd birthday present Saturday, signing a five-year, $10 million contract with the St. Louis Rams.

In addition to the money, which includes a $5.4 million signing bonus, the Rams threw in a chocolate cake at a news conference for their first-round pick. Holt, who caught 88 passes for 1,604 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season at North Carolina State, blew out candles that had been lit by coach Dick Vermeil.

Auto racing

MBNA PLATINUM 400: Bobby Labonte has been a force for the last decade at Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Del. Yet when the green flag falls Sunday on the MBNA Platinum 400, he'll be seeking his first Winston Cup victory on the track.

Between NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup racing he has five poles and 10 top-five finishes in 25 starts. But his only victory came in a Busch race two years ago.

Included in a litany of problems was a crash that same year in this race, robbing him of his best opportunity after he had won the second of his three Winston Cup poles at The Monster Mile. After a record qualifying lap Friday at 159.320 mph, Labonte finds himself in a similar situation but hardly mindful of past letdowns.