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PRO RELIEF FUNDS: Major league baseball and its players association contributed $5 million each to establish a relief fund for victims of the terrorist attacks.

The New York Mets said manager Bobby Valentine, his coaching staff and the 34 players on the team's active roster will contribute their salaries from Friday's game against Atlanta to the New York Police & Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. The donation will be about $450,000.

NHL teams have raised more than $1.3 million for disaster relief funds, and the players' association donated $500,000. The NBA is contributing more than $1 million, along with supplies and office space. The NFL is about to make a "major financial contribution," spokesman Greg Aiello said.


RYDER, PRESIDENTS TRADE: The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup are trading places on the calendar beginning next year.

The Ryder Cup, scheduled for Sept. 28-30 at The Belfry in England until it was postponed one year because of the terrorist attacks, will be played Sept. 27-29 in 2002 at the same location with the same captains and the same 12-man teams.

After that, the matches between the United States and Europe will be played permanently in even-numbered years. To accommodate the change, the PGA Tour agreed to push back the Presidents Cup one year to November 2003 in South Africa.

SE RI PAK WITHDRAWS: South Korea's Se Ri Pak withdrew from the Ashai Ryokuken Championship to comfort her sister, who was attending school in Manhattan when terrorists attacked. England's Laura Davies withdrew because she could not get a flight to the area until Saturday.

JOHNSON WINS UTAH SECTION: Matt Johnson fired a 7-under-par 65 Wednesday to win the Utah Section PGA Championship by two shots over Milan Swilor and defending champion Kim Thompson.

Johnson, a teaching pro at Wingpointe, finished with a two-day total of 138 in winning the $2,000 first prize at Glen Eagle Golf Course in Syracuse. Henry White was fourth at 141, followed by first-day leader Jimmy Blair, Jeff Green and Justin Moore at 142.

Former Senior PGA Tour regular Bob Betley won the senior division (over 50) with a 137 total, playing from shorter tees. Roy Christensen was second at 140, followed by Ron Branca and John Evans at 145. Ernie Schneiter and Gary Hazelgren tied for first in the Super Senior Division (over 60) with 154 totals.

TOOELE'S LINKS OPEN: The Links at Overlake Golf Course in Tooele is now open for public play. Call 1-435-882-8802 for reservations.


PRINCESS CUP: Fifth-seeded Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain beat Australia's Evie Dominikovic 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the Toyota Princess Cup. Serena Williams, Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles withdrew because of the terrorist attacks.

Auto racing

ZANARDI OPERATION: Alex Zanardi underwent another operation and is expected to be brought out of an induced coma in a few days.

The Italian driver's legs were amputated following a crash Saturday in a CART race.


GRIFFIN SIGNS: Eddie Griffin, the seventh player picked in the NBA draft, signed a multiyear contract with Houston. Griffin, who averaged 17.8 points and 10.8 rebounds as a freshman at Seton Hall, was selected by New Jersey and traded to Houston.


SPORTS CHANGES: The IOC gave its approval to adding women's wrestling for the 2004 Olympics but told boxing to cut one of its weight divisions and rejected new events in a number of other sports.

Because the addition of women's wrestling is tied to a cut in men's wrestling events, final approval is not a certainty.

Rejected were requests for new events or additional teams in swimming, baseball and tennis.

MAIER MUST WAIT TO SKI: Doctors have told two-time Olympic champion Hermann Maier to wait until late December before lacing up his ski boots again, dimming hopes that he might be able to compete at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Maier still won't be ready to ski at year's end, but doctors will decide whether the skier's right leg, which he broke in a motorcycle crash four weeks ago, can withstand the pressure of a boot, Maier's spokesman, Knut Okresek, told the Associated Press.

STRICTER DRUG TESTS: Athletes in endurance sports will have blood tests before the 2002 Winter Games to detect drug use, and those who fail will face a decisive urine test for EPO.

IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch said it's possible other athletes will be tested as well leading to the Feb. 8-24 Salt Lake City Games.

EPO, or erythropoetin, artificially increases the level of red blood cells, enhancing aerobic capacity.