Bobby Phills of the Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Panther Frank Garcia came to the rescue when a motorcyclist caught on fire after colliding with a truck at an intersection.

Phills was stopped at the intersection Wednesday when he saw flames engulf the man and his motorcycle.

"Instincts told me to do what I've got to do to help the guy the best I could," Phills said yesterday.

As Phills frantically tried to put out the fire, Garcia, who was playing golf nearby, showed up with water to cool the man's burns. Others also came to the assistance of the victim, Robert McCollough, 23, who was in critical condition.

Police said McCollough was traveling southbound on U.S. 521 when he ran into the right rear of a medium-size truck at an intersection. The motorcycle's gas tank exploded.

Phills said he put his car in park and got out. A woman in the car behind Phills's tossed him a sweat shirt, and he ran to McCollough.

"I was kind of nervous," Phills said. "All I could think about was trying to put him out. . . . I swear it felt like 30 minutes. . . . I just kept doing it."

Moments later, another man doused the motorcyclist with a fire extinguisher.

More people arrived, including Garcia, who had been playing golf with Panthers tight end Kris Mangum and two others nearby.

Garcia pulled bottles of water from the golf cart and gently poured the water over McCollough's body, he said, while Mangum went looking for more water.

The truck driver was not hurt, and no charges were filed, said police Sgt. Lee Thomas.


Feeder Advances

Kean Feeder, a 14-year-old from Portland, Ore., continued his run in the boys 16 and under USTA Clay Court Championships, upsetting 13th-seeded Alexandru Popescu, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, to move into today's semifinal match in Rockville. He will play 22nd-seeded Jeff Kazarian, who defeated 32nd-seeded Prakash Arritraj, 6-2, 6-2.

Meanwhile, top-seeded Jesse Witten defeated 17th-seeded Joseph Kao, 6-4, 6-4.


American Racer Banned

An American was banned from competing for two years because he tested positive for a drug banned by the International Olympic Committee.

Christian Niccum of Woodinville, Wash., was suspended by the United States Luge Association's executive board. The USLA refused to say which drug was involved other than to say it was performance-enhancing. It was the first time in the USLA's 20-year history that an athlete tested positive for a banned substance and was subsequently banned from the sport, said association spokesman Sandy Caligiore.


Brisky Gets Hole-in-One

Mike Brisky parlayed the fourth hole-in-one of his PGA Tour career into a three-stroke lead after the weather-interrupted second round of the John Deere Classic in Coal Valley, Ill.

Brisky, a sixth-year touring pro, aced the 161-yard, par-3 eighth hole with a 7-iron en route to an 8-under-par 62. With a two-round total of 12-under 128, he holds a three-shot lead over Brett Quigley, J.L. Lewis and Robert Damron. . . .

Hale Irwin birdied five of the first six holes and tied a course record with an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the opening round of the Senior PGA Tour's Burnet Classic in Coon Rapids, Minn. . . .

Marta Figueras-Dotti and Jackie Gallagher-Smith each shot a 6-under 66 to tie for the first-round lead of the LPGA Giant Eagle Classic in Howland, Ohio. . . .

In Portrush, Northern Ireland, David Oakley shot a 1-under 71 in the second round to take a two-stroke lead over Australian Stewart Ginn at the British Seniors Open. . . .

In Hilversum, Netherlands, Ireland's Philip Walton shot a 5-under 66 and tied Eduardo Romero of Argentina for the second-round lead in the Dutch Open at 135.


FIFA Won't Penalize

The sport's governing body will not penalize two Mexican players for positive drug tests because the tests were not done at an official lab.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said the laboratory was not recognized by FIFA or the International Olympic Committee, and the players are eligible to play in international tournaments.

Raul Rodrigo Lara and Pablo Cesar "Tilon" Chavez failed their tests during the recent America Cup. Both denied drug abuse, but the South American soccer federation suspended them for six months. . . .

The Braddock Road Warhawks rebounded from Wednesday's loss with a polished 4-2 win over the Piedmont (N.C.) Stars Red to clinch a berth in the final of the U.S. Youth Soccer under-17 national championship in Orlando on Sunday. The Warhawks (2-1) will play the Claremont (Calif.) Stars (3-0), who won the first game between the teams, 3-0.

Braddock Road fell behind, 1-0, after 15 minutes but stormed back to lead 2-1 at the half on goals by Brent Chudoba (Centreville) and Clarence Goodson (W.T. Woodson). The Warhawks put away the game with second-half strikes from Abe Thompson (W.T. Woodson) and Jason Arnold (Robinson). . . .

Rookies Dario Brose and Richard Mulrooney scored second-half goals to rally San Jose from a two-goal deficit before the Clash defeated the host Chicago Fire, 3-2, in a shootout in MLS play.


Netherlands Cruises

American Dee Smith contributed to the defeat of the United States team by helping the Netherlands win the Admiral's Cup for the first time off England's Isle of Wight.

Smith, a member of the U.S. team that won the Admiral's Cup two years ago, switched to the Dutch team this year as tactician on the boat Innovision 7.

Auto Racing

Blaney Earns Pole

Dave Blaney sped to the pole for the NASCAR Grand National NAPA AutoCare 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs.

Former NFL coach Jerry Glanville crashed into a wall on his last qualifying lap. He was carried from the car on a stretcher, treated for a bruised ankle and released. . . .

Mike Skinner won the pole for Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono International Raceway.