David Duval managed to avoid injury while snowboarding on the slopes of Idaho during the winter. The real danger came yesterday morning from a tea pot on the gas stove in his new house.
Duval, the No. 1 player in the world and one of the favorites heading into the U.S. Open, suffered second-degree burns on his right thumb and forefinger picking up a tea pot. The injury occurred after Duval moved into his new house in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Monday. Bev Norwood, the golfer's spokesman at International Management Group, said the gas stove made the tea pot handle hotter than the electric stove in his previous house, and Duval didn't realize it until he picked up the pot.
Norwood said Duval is expected to play the U.S. Open, which starts Thursday at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina. He may not practice until Monday or Tuesday.
Duval could not be reached to comment. . . .
Allen Doyle, Bruce Fleisher and David Graham have committed to play in the State Farm Senior Classic July 2-4 at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club in Columbia. The field also includes Lee Trevino, Orville Moody, Miller Barber and Lee Elder.
More Damages Awarded
Time Inc. must pay ex-heavyweight boxer Randall "Tex" Cobb $10.7 million for a 1993 Sports Illustrated article saying he fixed a fight and shared cocaine with the loser, a federal jury decided. Jurors awarded Cobb $2.2 million in punitive damages to go with $8.5 million they awarded in compensatory damages Wednesday. . . .
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was granted permission to train in Arizona for a fight in Nevada, possibly in August, officials in Arizona and Maryland confirmed. Paul Kemp, a lawyer for Tyson, said he does not know when Tyson plans to leave for Arizona. He must arrive at least by Monday, when he is to report to the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department in Phoenix, said John MacDonald, communications officer for the Arizona Supreme Court.
Tyson, who was released last month and will be on probation until February, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault charges that stemmed from a fender bender in Gaithersburg last August. Tyson will continue with anger management counseling, as well as meeting his community service requirements, while in Arizona. . . .
Super middleweight Otis Grant was seriously hurt in a car crash that killed a woman early yesterday. The Canadian fighter was in one of three vehicles that struck a car that Quebec provincial police said was going the wrong way on a highway north of Montreal. The driver of that car was killed. Grant suffered multiple injuries and was taken to a hospital in St-Jerome, said his manager, Russ Anber.
Pakistan clinched a place in the Cricket World Cup semifinals with a 148-run victory over Zimbabwe, sealed by a hat trick by Saqlain Mushtaq. Saeed Anwar scored a century to lift the Pakistanis to a total of 271-9 from 50 overs before Zimbabwe slumped to 123 all out after 40.3 overs.
Saqlain removed the last three batsmen with successive deliveries to become only the second man to take a hat trick in World Cup history. Pakistan's win means India cannot reach the semifinals, while Zimbabwe must now wait for results of the two remaining Super Six matches to see if it's still in the competition.
Sampras Tops Ivanisevic
Pete Sampras, already assured of regaining his No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings, beat Goran Ivanisevic, 7-5, 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the Queen's grass-court tournament in London. Sampras's victory over Ivanisevic--a rematch of last year's Wimbledon final with the same outcome--assured he will be No. 1 when Wimbledon opens on June 21. Sampras faces unseeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt in today's semifinals. Hewitt defeated No. 11 Cedric Pioline, 7-5, 6-4.
In another quarterfinal, No. 7 Greg Rusedski of Britain had his grass-court preparation for Wimbledon set back by unseeded Armenian Sargis Sargsian, 6-2, 6-4.
Basketball Stars Invited
All-Met center Michael Sweetney leads a list of four players with area ties who have been invited to USA Basketball's Youth Development Festival, June 23-27 in Colorado Springs. Sweetney, a 6-foot-8 senior at Oxon Hill, will be joined by Coolidge's Derrick Payne, Eleanor Roosevelt's Andre Scott and Oak Hill's Cliff Hawkins on the East team at the festival, which features 46 of the nation's top players who will be in high school or prep school next season.
The East team will be coached by Woodbridge Coach Will Robinson. . . .
The Capital Lacrosse Classic Showcase games, featuring the top boys and girls high school senior lacrosse players in the area, will be held tonight at Bullis School in Potomac. The girls game is at 5, followed by the boys game at 7.
Kiraly vs. Smith
Karch Kiraly, 38, and partner Adam Johnson will try to spike one-time teammate and longtime rival Sinjin Smith from atop the victory list. Kiraly can do so with a win at this weekend's Hermosa Beach Open. Right now, the two players are tied with 139 wins.
CAPTION: In a rematch of last year's Wimbledon final, Pete Sampras defeats Goran Ivanisevic, 7-5, 6-4, in the Queen's grass-court tournament quarterfinals.