ith Pete Sampras and Todd Martin ailing, U.S. Davis Cup captain John McEnroe will depend on Chris Woodruff and Rick Leach.
Sampras, winner of 12 Grand Slam tournaments, and Martin have withdrawn for health reasons and won't face Zimbabwe this week.
The U.S.-Zimbabwe match, to be played Friday-Sunday at the Harare City Sports Center, will be McEnroe's debut as captain. It will be the first meeting between the United States and Zimbabwe.
Woodruff, making his Davis Cup debut, and Leach, playing in the Davis Cup for the 10th time, join Australian Open champion Andre Agassi and Alex O'Brien.
Sampras withdrew because of a hip-flexor injury sustained during his semifinal loss to Agassi at the Australian Open. Martin withdrew because of a viral infection.
AUTOS: IRL driver Jaques Lazier was released from Orlando Regional Medical Center after sustaining a lower back fracture in a crash during Saturday's Delphi 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway. Dr. Henry Bock, league director of medical services, said Lazier was fitted with a brace. "I am feeling better and look forward to returning as soon as they release me to drive," Lazier said.
GOLF: The late Payne Stewart, the two-time U.S. Open champion, has won the Charles Bartlett Award for contributions to society. The award, named for the first secretary of the Golf Writers Association of America, will be made April 5 at the GWAA dinner in Augusta, Ga. Stewart, who died in an aviation accident in October, was involved in Christian youth programs and charitable causes throughout his career. Australian Nigel Lane _ like American Casey Martin in need of a cart to play because of aching legs _ can't understand how anyone believes the ride helps improve his score. "They won't come out publicly and say it, but there are some who think I get an advantage from riding in a cart," Lane said, alluding to officials of the Australasian Tour. "All a cart will do is transport me to my ball." Martin won his fight with the PGA Tour and is allowed to compete while riding in a cart. Lane, who also can't walk very far before the pain from arthritis becomes unbearable, is taking the Australasian Tour before his country's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in hopes of gaining relief.
SOCCER: Newcastle beat Blackburn 2-1 in the fifth round of England's FA Cup, setting up a quarterfinal trip to Tranmere, another First Division club. Alan Shearer scored both Newcastle goals, his first against his former club, as the Premiership team stayed on course for a third successive appearance in the Wembley final. Newcastle lost to Arsenal in 1998 and Manchester United in 1999. West African powers Ghana and Cameroon advanced to the quarterfinals of the African Cup despite losses in their final first-round games. Ivory Coast beat Ghana 2-0 and Togo beat Cameroon 1-0. All four nations in Group A finished with 1-1-1 records and four points, but Cameroon (plus 2) and Ghana (even) advanced on goal difference. Ivory Coast (minus 1) and Togo (minus 1) were eliminated.
BOXING: Former WBA super middleweight champion Steve Little died of cancer at Reading, Pa., Hospital. The Reading native compiled a pro record of 25-17-3. Two escort service workers testified in Las Vegas that they were sexually assaulted and held against their will by heavyweight contender Ike Ibeabuchi in two separate incidents. The testimony came as prosecutors sought to use the incidents in Ibeabuchi's scheduled Feb.
22 trial on sexual assault charges stemming from a similar incident last year at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. A judge ruled the testimony could be used against Ibeabuchi.
TRACK AND FIELD: A remarkable era will end Friday night: Joetta Clark Diggs will make her 24th and final appearance at the Millrose Games in New York. "The Millrose Games was my first international meet when I was 14," Clark Diggs, 37, said. "So I thought it would be fitting to retire this year and retire in good fashion." Clark Diggs is not ending her career yet. She is waiting until after the Olympic Games.
_ Compiled from Times wires.