Bill Shoemaker, horse racing's winningest jockey, scored his first victory as a trainer with Tempest Cloud, who upset Nice Assay yesterday at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. Tempest Cloud's maiden victory, with Eddie Delahoussaye aboard, marked the first win in seven races for Shoemaker, who began his training career at the start of the Hollywood Park meeting in late April. His horses had been second twice and third once.

Kent Desormeaux won his first stakes race at Hollywood Park when his mount, Beautiful Melody, finished in a dead heat for first with Reluctant Guest in the $214,600 Beverly Hills Handicap. Both 4-year-old fillies are trained by Richard Mandella.


Denver Broncos -- KR Ken Bell, who was placed on waivers last season after he fumbled five times during a five-game stretch, has signed a two-year contract with the club.


Williams Jones Cup -- A second-half rally by the Atlantic 10 Conference all-stars fell short as they dropped a 69-65 decision to Poland's national team in the semifinals of the tournament in Taipei, Taiwan. Trailing, 47-29, at halftime, the Atlantic 10 team outscored Poland by 36-22 in the second half and pulled within 69-65 on a layup by George Washington's Matt Nordmann with 10 seconds left.


WBA Junior Bantamweight Championship -- Thailand's Khaosai Galaxy pounded Shunichi Nakajima for eight rounds in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as he retained his title. The referee declared Khaosai the winner by technical knockout in the eighth round of their 12-round bout, with Nakajima's face bloodied and his eyes all but closed.


Walter "Buck" Van Huss, a coach who was five victories away from becoming the winningest high school basketball coach in the nation, died Saturday during open-heart surgery at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tenn. Van Huss, 71, had suffered a heart attack Thursday. He was a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and was 1,021-313 in his career. The record of 1,026 was held by Leslie Gaudet of Pine Prairie, La. Van Huss was to be inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Friday in Minneapolis.