Wednesday, August 21, 2002
Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes was selected the WNBA's Most Valuable Player, winning the award for the second time in three years.
Jay Williams' hip injury had healed enough by Tuesday to allow him to practice with the U.S. national team, although he did not take part in scrimmages. Williams was injured in a collision with teammate Andre Miller on Saturday during the team's first hard practice.
Phillips, the CFL's leading rusher with 594 yards in eight games, was suspended by the Alouettes on Monday after he missed the team's flight to Vancouver for the start of a two-game road trip.
The NHL rejected the contracts Bobby Holik and Darius Kasparaitus signed with the New York Rangers, objecting to provisions that would pay them in the event of a season lost to a work stoppage.
"He continues to make a solid, speedy recovery," Methodist Hospital spokesman Jon Mills said.
The 32-year-old former "Beverly Hills 90210" star was hurt Aug. 11. His car spun out of control at 180 mph and hit the wall at the Kentucky Speedway during practice for the Infiniti Pro Series, a developmental circuit for the Indy Racing League.
He has had operations for foot, back, eye and nose injuries.
Doctors say he is expected to make a full recovery and probably will start rehabilitation this week.
Top-seeded Venus Williams maintained her perfect record in the Pilot Pen with a 6-2, 6-4 second-round victory over Meghann Shaughnessy. Earlier, second-seeded Lindsay Davenport defeated Iroda Tulyganova 6-4, 7-5 (3) to advance to the quarterfinals.
Four Americans top the women's seedings at the U.S. Open for the first time since 1983, led by Serena Williams, who'll be aiming for her third straight Grand Slam title. Williams' sister, two-time defending champion Venus, is seeded No. 2, meaning they could meet only in the final. Defending champion Lleyton Hewitt was seeded No. 1 in the men's field Tuesday, with 2000 winner Marat Safin at No. 2.
-- From wire reports