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Teen leads LPGA field, ties course record

Ahn Shi-hyun, 17, tied a course record Friday with 7-under 65, giving her a one-stroke lead in the first round of an LPGA tournament.

Defending champ Se Ri Pak, who set the record last year on the resort island, shot 69 at the CJ Nine Bridges Classic. Ahn made seven birdies during a bogey-free round.

Pak, a three-time winner on tour this year, had one eagle and four birdies. Grace Park, who complained about cell phones ringing and gallery members moving, was in second. Michelle Wie, 14, shot 85 and was last in the 69-player field.

VOLVO MASTERS: Heavy rain and strong wind forced play to be called off in Sotogrande, Spain, the European PGA's season-ending event. Organizers hope to start the second round today. Fredrik Jacobson shot 8-under 64 Thursday to take the first-round lead.

COLLEGES

NCAA eyes Arkansas

Arkansas has begun talking to NCAA investigators about a former basketball player's allegations of academic and financial violations. Glendon Alexander, who quit the team in 1997, told Sports Illustrated that boosters gave him $10,000, he didn't attend classes and he sold game tickets for profit. Alexander is in prison for fraud. Alexander, who transferred to Oklahoma State, made similar allegations about receiving payments while at the university. SI reported OSU may be forced to repay more than $250,000 as a penalty for having Alexander in uniform during the 1999 and 2000 NCAA tournaments.

SOCCER: For the first time in school history, UAB won the Conference USA regular-season title, defeating the host USF women 2-0. Next week, the Bulls play in the C-USA tournament at Charlotte, N.C. Times and seeds are pending.

VOLLEYBALL: Ania Ruiz had 24 kills to lead host Tampa 3-0 over Florida Southern. Courtney Cherry had 19 kills to lead host Eckerd 3-1 over Saint Leo. With a 3-0 win over host Tennessee, Florida set the NCAA record for consecutive games won (70). Long Beach State had 69 in 1998.

OLYMPICS

hGH test in works for '04

A test for the banned, performance-enhancing human growth hormone could be ready for the 2004 Games, the IOC and World Anti-Doping Agency said. hGH is thought to be widely available and abused. It builds muscle mass and helps athletes recover from training.

BRIBERY TRIAL: Prosecutors opened the trial against two bid leaders, contending the men waged a sophisticated bribery campaign to help Salt Lake City land the 2002 Winter Games. Tom Welch and Dave Johnson face 15 felony charges, including racketeering and fraud.

SOCCER

MLS kicks off postseason

Los Angeles followed its first MLS championship with a forgettable regular season, going 9-12-9 and barely making the playoffs. A successful run in the postseason would help its regular season fade to a distant memory. The Galaxy opens the playoffs against San Jose tonight in Carson, Calif. In the new format, the two-game series switches to San Jose on Nov. 9. Chicago plays at D.C. United and New England visits the MetroStars today to begin the first round in the East. Kansas City and Colorado open play in the West on Tuesday in Denver.

TENNIS

A-Rod serves way to semis

Andy Roddick hit 19 aces at up to 135 mph, beating Jonas Bjorkman 7-5, 7-6 (7-0) to reach the semifinals at the Paris Masters. Roddick moves to No. 1 for the first time next week. Roddick faces Tim Henman, who upset Roger Federer 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

ET CETERA

ARENA FOOTBALL: The Storm reached a contract impasse with free-agent defensive specialist Corey Sawyer, making it doubtful he will be re-signed, coach and general manager Tim Marcum said. Sawyer, a former Florida State and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback, ranked second on the Storm with 56{ tackles and six interceptions last season. His 18 pass breakups tied Omarr Smith for the team high.

HORSES: Trainer Bobby Frankel set a North American single-season earnings record when Golden Rahy won a $48,000 feature race at Santa Anita. The $28,800 winner's share increased Frankel's earnings to $17,854,877. He topped the $17,842,358 set by D. Wayne Lukas in 1988.

RUGBY: The United States lost 41-14 to France in the World Cup for a 1-3 record in Wollongong, Australia. Mike Hercus set a U.S. record by scoring 51 points.

_ FRANK PASTOR, TIMES WIRES

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