Straight-set victory encourages ShriverPam Shriver, seeking to...


Straight-set victory encourages Shriver

Pam Shriver, seeking to regain her old form, advanced yesterday to the second round at the International Players Championships in Key Biscayne, Fla., with straight-set victories over qualifier Myriam Oremans, 6-3, 7-5.

Shriver, recovering from surgery last June on her right shoulder, has fallen in the rankings to No. 115.

"A good basketball score," Shriver said. "I didn't even know my ranking today until I accidentally read it in the paper. It was a three-digit number for the first time in my life -- kind of a shock.

"I'm not changing anything major. I'm really just trying to get my serve-and-volley game back. The good thing is, hopefully, there's just one way to go."

College basketball

Embattled Texas A&M; basketball coach Kermit Davis resigned in the wake of a school investigation that accused him of recruiting violations.

* Penn State homosexuals say women's basketball coach Rene Portland cuts scholarships for any player she believes is gay, and the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Student Alliance planned a protest outside the gymnasium where Penn State will be playing a second-round National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament game today.

The gay rights group was prompted to act by a profile of Portland published Sunday in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Several former players, recruits and colleagues of Portland said the coach did not tolerate homosexuality among her players.


Switzerland's Franz Heinzer clinched his first World Cup downhill title by finishing second behind Norway's Atle Skaardal at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, and American A.J. Kitt produced a season-best fourth.


What a send-off

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