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BONDS HITS 655th: Watch out, Hammerin' Hank — Barry Bonds is just 100 homers away. Bonds hit his 655th career home run Monday night, connecting in the first inning of the San Francisco Giants' game against the San Diego Padres.

Hank Aaron leads the all-time list with 755, followed by Babe Ruth at 714. Bonds is five homers shy of tying his godfather, Willie Mays, for third place at 660.


TOUR LEADER: Germany's Erik Zabel won a sprint to the finish Monday in the 10th stage of the Tour of Spain, and Isidro Nozal extended his overall lead.

Zabel, of the Telekom team, covered the largely flat 121-mile stage between the principality of Andorra and Sabadell in 4 hours, 10 minutes, 51 seconds, just ahead of sprint specialist Alessandro Petachhi of Italy.


BELGIAN OUT: Justine Henin-Hardenne will not play for Belgium against the United States in the Fed Cup semifinals because of an infection in her back.

Her withdrawal Monday leaves Belgium without the world's two top-ranked players for the Nov. 19-23 matches in Moscow. No. 1 Kim Clijsters said last week she was not competing. France plays Russia in the other semifinal.

Henin-Hardenne, the winner of this year's French Open and U.S. Open, said she would cut short her stellar season after the Tour Championships in Los Angeles on Nov. 3-9.

"I have an infection in my lower back," Henin-Hardenne said. "That is why it's absolutely necessary that I stop" after the championships.


NEW WYOMING AD: Pledging to restore competitiveness and improve athletic facilities at Wyoming, Gary Barta was hired as the university's new athletics director Monday.

Barta has been senior associate athletics director for external affairs and sports programs at the University of Washington the last seven years.

Barta succeeds Lee Moon, who was fired by UW President Philip Dubois on June 10. Dubois fired Moon because he did not feel Moon had enough support from the public and the Legislature to take the university's sports programs to a more competitive level.


WIE HOLDS HER OWN: Michelle Wie, golf's teenage phenom, held her own in Boise Monday in a foursome that included LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez, two-time major champion John Daly and PGA Tour member Hank Kuehne.

The team of Lopez and Kuehne won the nine-hole skins event at Hillcrest Country Club, but only Kuehne had a better score than the 13-year-old from Honolulu in the Kraft/Nabisco Shoot-out, a $25,000 skins game benefiting the golf programs at Boise State and the University of Idaho.

Wie had three straight birdies near the end of the round and finished at 1-under 34, one stroke behind Kuehne. Lopez and Daly both had 36s.

On Thursday, at the same course, Wie will become the first female junior amateur to compete in a PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament by teeing it up in the Albertsons Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour.

"This gives me a lot of confidence, playing with them," Wie said.

Cross country

RUNNER RESCUED: A college cross country coach likely saved an opposing runner's life when he dislodged a stone that got stuck in her throat during a weekend meet at Bowling Green, Ohio.

"I knew she was in trouble because she turned pure white," said Mark McClure, a first-year coach at John Carroll.

The runner, Jamie Luketic of Baldwin-Wallace, was behind a pack of runners Saturday when one of the runners kicked up a stone. It flew right into her mouth. She ran a few steps, then dropped to her knees.

McClure ran over to help, but he had no idea what was wrong. Luketic stammered out in a whisper the word "rock" and pointed at her throat, McClure said.

"It was so strange," he said. "I was trying to think how a rock would get in her throat."

McClure pushed on her back and her stomach and the stone "flew about 8 feet."

Luketic, a junior, was shaken but fine.

"She had a higher power watching over her," McClure said.