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CASH WINS: Pat Cash beat John McEnroe, 6-3, 7-5, on Saturday in the final of the Quality Challenge senior tournament.

"I didn't expect it at all," Cash said. "John didn't play that well, and it was very hot out on court. I think I played really tough this week, plus I must of had a little bit of luck."

The Australian earned $150,000 for his second senior title.

In the third-place match, Andres Gomez beat Jimmy Connors, 6-4, 6-4.

SWISS OPEN: Reigning champion Albert Costa and eighth-seeded Mariano Puerta both won their quarterfinals Saturday, but organizers were unable to complete the round of eight as nagging rain continued to plague the delayed $600,000 Swiss Open.

Costa, seeded fourth, swept past Czech Jiri Novak, 6-3, 6-1, to reach the semifinals, which will be Sunday, along with the two remaining quarterfinal matches, with the final postponed until Monday.


HENSON GETS EXTENSION: New Mexico State University gave basketball coach Lou Henson a two-year extension that runs through the 2003-2004 season.

Henson, who ranks 11th all-time among Division I coaches with 726 career wins, has two years remaining on his original four-year contract he signed in 1998.

Henson, 68, is in his second stint with NMSU, having also coached his alma mater from 1966-75.

PLAYER SHOT: Rutgers point guard Tasha Pointer was shot in the eye with a pellet from a BB gun, leaving a pellet lodged in her left eyelid.

The three-year starter apparently was shot by a 16-year-old boy Tuesday night while she was walking home on the city's west side. Her vision in the nearly completely swollen eye remained blurred, according to her mother, Bernadine Pointer.

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said doctors told the player there was no damage to her retina, adding that the long-term prognosis was good.


VERAS OUT: Atlanta Braves second baseman Quilvio Veras tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Friday night and will miss the rest of the season.

Veras injured his knee when caught in a first-inning rundown, but remained in the game. He was replaced by Keith Lockhart in the bottom of the fourth inning.


LORD-LANDON DIES: Alice Lord-Landon, a pioneer in women's swimming and a one-time world-record holder in the 400-meter freestyle, is dead at 98.

Lord-Landon, a member of the first women's Olympic swimming team in 1920, died Thursday at her daughter's home following a brief illness.

"Alice was the grande dame of the Olympians," said Dorothy Franey Langkop, executive director of the U.S. Olympians and a skater in the 1932 and 1936 Winter Olympics.

SWIMMING: Cristina Teuscher of New Rochelle, N.Y., set two meet records at the USA Swimming Challenge Long Island Open on Saturday.

Teuscher, 20, won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:00.73, and the 400 individual medley in 4:44.85.

Teuscher, who won four NCAA championships while at Columbia, easily bettered the required times of 2:04.89 in the 200 and 4:57.79 in the 400 to qualify for the Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, held Aug. 9-16.


U.S. IN: The United States will be on the Rowing World Cup Circuit next year.

The announcement was made Saturday by the International Rowing Federation.

It marks the first time that a World Cup regatta will be held outside Europe with the opening event scheduled to take place near Princeton, N.J., on April 26-27, 2001.


PUBLIC LINKS: Clemson's D.J. Trahan blew a four-hole lead but recovered to beat fellow 19-year-old Ben "Bubba" Dickerson on the first playoff hole in the 75th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship on Saturday.

By winning the 37-hole match, Trahan secured an automatic spot in the 2001 Masters.