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Fusion leader out for season

Top Miami Fusion scorer Diego Serna will miss the rest of the MLS season with a knee injury.

Serna, who has 10 of the Miami's 26 goals, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Sunday against Columbus.

Serna, 25, set a team record with 11 goals last season when he was the Fusion's most valuable player. He likely will be replaced by Tony Kuhn in today's game against New York/New Jersey.

Miami, New England and Tampa Bay seek the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

TENNIS: Thomas Johansson defeated Jim Courier 6-4, 6-4 at the du Maurier Open in Montreal before rain washed out the rest of the quarterfinal matches. Trailing 1-5 against Sandrine Testud, Venus Williams won 11 straight games for a 7-5, 6-1 victory in a TIG Classic quarterfinal at Carlsbad, Calif. Amanda Coetzer defeated Amy Frazier 7-5, 6-1. Monica Seles withdrew from next week's Acura Classic at Manhattan Beach, Calif., because of an injured left forearm, officials said. Denise Chladkova beat Karina Habsudova 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Sanex Trophy at Knokke, Belgium. Chladkova faces Silvija Talaja, who beat Mariam Ramon 6-3, 6-3. Barbara Rittner defeated Sabine Appelmans 6-3, 6-4, and Maria Antonio Sanchez-Lorenzo beat Marta Marrero 6-3, 6-2. Nicolas Lapentti beat Hicham Arazi 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Grolsch Open at Amsterdam. Lapentti plays Mariano Zabaleta, who defeated Magnus Gustafsson 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

COURTS: The man charged with drunken driving in a crash that killed a Purdue women's basketball player was in court hours before the collision, trying to plead guilty to alcohol-related misdemeanors in Gary, Ind. City Judge Pro Tem Itsia Rivera reversed Arnold Eaton's plea and advised him to seek advice from a lawyer. Police records show the 33-year-old had been arrested on at least two occasions before the crash that killed Tiffany Young.

BOXING: Heavyweight contender Ike Ibeabuchi, accused of raping a woman in his Las Vegas hotel room, was still in jail after a judge set his bail at $2-million. Ibeabuchi likely will stay in the Clark County Detention Center until his next court appearance. A preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 25.

COLLEGES: The NCAA executive committee voted to suspend changes requiring non-wood bats act more like wood while it collects more test results. A decision is expected in September.

HORSES: Jockey Rudy Baez probably won't walk again, said Dr. Brian Labow of Massachusetts General Hospital. Baez severed his spine during a spill Wednesday at Rockingham Park in New Hampshire. Despite drawing the outside post positions, Menifee and Cat Thief were made the top two morning-line choices for the $1-million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanside, N.J. A field of eight 3-year-olds was entered in Sunday's Grade I, 1[-mile race that lost some of its luster when Silverbulletday opted not to race against colts again.

SWIMMING: Chad Carvin, who had a heart attack in 1996 and back injuries last year, won the 800-meter freestyle national championship in 8 minutes, 0.53 seconds at Minneapolis. South Africa's Ryk Neethling finished in 7:59.41, but non-Americans are ineligible for the championship. On the women's side, Cristina Teuscher won in 8:38.68.

TRACK: Michael Johnson, who pulled up with a hamstring injury during a race in Sweden last week, was cleared to defend his 400-meter title at the World Championships this month.

MORE SOCCER: After a scoreless tie, host Colorado defeated New England in a shootout.

HORSES: Richess Hanover held off a late rush by Dream Work to win the $600,000 Woodrow Wilson Pace for 2-year-olds at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY: The magician Melinda appears to levitate heavyweights Shannon Briggs, left, and Francois Botha during a promotion for their 10-round fight tonight.

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