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SAS INVITATIONAL: Carlos Franco of Paraguay shot a 7-under-par 65 for the lowest score of the day, clinching the Rest of the World team's victory over the Nordic team in the SAS Invitational.

Franco beat Sweden's Robert Karlsson by three shots.

Spain's Sergio Garcia earned a tie (68-68) with Norwegian Per Haugsrud in the last match that made the final score 7 1/2-4 1/2.

It was the second victory for the Rest of the World team since the inaugural event in 1998.


AGASSI WITHDRAWS: Top-seeded Andre Agassi, injured in an automobile accident earlier this month, withdrew from the Mercedes-Benz Cup, citing a lower back strain.

NO OLYMPICS: Martina Hingis, the top-ranked female tennis player in the world, said she will not participate in the Sydney Olympics.

"I would like to represent Switzerland in the Olympics, but the workload is too great," the 19-year-old told Swiss television late Tuesday.

MERCEDES-BENZ CUP: It took fourth-seeded Michael Chang exactly 90 minutes to defeat Paul Kilderry 6-4, 6-2 in a first-round match at the Mercedes-Benz Cup tennis tournament.

BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Anna Kournikova beat Anne Miller 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the $535,000 Bank of the West Classic. Kournikova will play Jana Nejedly in the second round. In the other featured match, sixth-seeded Amanda Coetzer defeated qualifier Janet Lee 6-2, 6-3.


UVSC TOUR: Utah Valley State College wrapped up its Brazilian basketball tour with a 5-4 record after dropping a 79-58 decision to Valtra Pratores Monday. Donnie Jackson led UVSC with 15 points and seven rebounds. Kenan Joyce had 10 points, and Jordan Mulford and Seth Scott had nine apiece.

MURDER MYSTERY: The father of Philadelphia 76ers player Nazr Mohammed has been found murdered in his auto parts business, Chicago police said.

Alhaji Mohammed, 55, of the Chicago suburb of Country Club Hills, was found dead Monday night in the store he owned on Chicago's South Side, Sgt. Bernard Ryan said.

According to police, he died of apparent blunt force trauma. The Cook County medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide. Detectives said they do not have any suspects in the killing.


PONY CHAMPS: The Lone Peak Pony League all-star team won the Utah title in a state championship game in Logan on Thursday.

Mike Jensen pitched a shutout 11-0 game, striking nine batters out before the game was called after five innings. Benji Woahn, Glenn Blain and J.C. Shepherd contributed offensively, bringing in seven RBIs with their home runs.

Lone Peak will represent Utah in the regional tournament scheduled Wednesday-Sunday in Seattle.

ROTHSCHILD SUSPENDED: Tampa Bay Devil Rays manager Larry Rothschild was suspended for two games and fined for bumping an umpire and arguing excessively during a July 18 game against Atlanta. His suspension is to start Wednesday night at Detroit.