Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has qualified for the competition that could put her on the United States' Olympic archery team.

"Yes, Geena Davis is one of the top 32," National Archery Association spokeswoman Kathleen Frazier confirmed.

Outside of the competitors, few noticed the "Thelma & Louise" star was advancing through the ranks of Olympic hopefuls.

"She just wants to keep a low profile," Frazier said.

Davis, who won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for the 1988 movie "The Accidental Tourist," was one of 300 women who competed in the open competition July 12-16 in Oxford, Ohio, for a semifinals berth. She declined all interviews that week, saying she wanted to be treated just like the other competitors.

Eight of the 32 women will advance from the Aug. 22-24 Olympic trials semifinals in Bloomfield, N.J., to the finals Sept. 4-5 in San Diego. Three archers, plus an alternate, will make the U.S. Olympic team.

Paul Bloch, publicist for Davis, wouldn't comment on her archery skills.

Davis apparently was inspired by the gold medal victory of Justin Huish in Atlanta. Huish became the first American archer to win two gold medals in the same Olympics when he took home the top prize in the men's individual as well as a team gold.

Davis reportedly began to take lessons about two years ago and practices about five hours a day.


Again, It's Geiberger

Brent Geiberger, riding the momentum of his first PGA Tour victory, shot a 7-under-par 65 to take the first-round lead in the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich. Tom Kite posted one of his best rounds in a dismal year, a 66 that left him one stroke off the lead.

Geiberger said he's just trying to keep a level head. Given his first victory--and a recent spate of dizzy spells--that's proving difficult to do.

"I feel pretty calm and confident out there," Geiberger said, despite occasional dizziness stemming from a nerve problem in his left ear. "I can be standing there and feel like I'm moving. It's pretty tough to putt."

It wasn't so tough that Geiberger couldn't run in seven birdie putts, the longest from 15 feet.

Soft greens and a course layout that includes four par-5s and two par-4s under 350 yards led to plenty of sub-70 scores. Ted Tryba racked up six birdies, an eagle, a par and a bogey on the back nine for a 29, tying the tournament record for lowest nine-hole score at the 7,105-yard Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. . . .

Marilyn Lovander, buoyed by a hole-in-one, and Mardi Lunn of Australia tied the course record with 6-under-par 66s to share the first-round lead in the LPGA areaWeb.Com Challenge at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Mass.

Play was delayed for 2 hours 19 minutes by thunderstorms, but the entire field was able to finish.

Dottie Pepper, Jackie Gallagher-Smith and Caroline Blalock were at 5-under 67.

Lovander, the leading money-winner on the Futures Tour, included a hole-in-one on the 143-yard seventh hole in a round that also had six birdies and two bogeys.

Lunn had six birdies in a consistent round. She reached 6-under when she rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt on the first hole she played after the delay, but missed birdie putts on her final two holes.

Lovander birdied the 18th hole from 10 feet for her best round in an LPGA tournament.

"I was very relaxed out there," she said. "This is my 11th event in a row, so I'm really tired. I think that was a difference today." . . .

Long Island will host the U.S. Open twice in a three-year span after the U.S. Golf Association awarded the 2004 event to Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y. Bethpage State Park's famed Black Course, located approximately 50 miles west of Southampton, will be the site of the U.S. Open in 2002.

Horse Racing

Jockey Has Surgery

The top jockey in New England underwent surgery yesterday after a career-threatening racing accident.

Rudy Baez, 49, did not move after falling from his horse shortly after the start of the second race Wednesday at Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Methuen, Mass., then airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The result of Baez's surgery was not immediately known, according to Rockingham Park spokeswoman Lynne Snierson. Baez was listed in serious condition, Snierson said. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, the Boston Herald reported.


Fans Killed

A 10-year-old girl and a teenage boy were killed in separate accidents during late-night festivities celebrating Mexico's 4-3 victory over Brazil in the Confederations Cup final.

Fatima Sheila Torres Rodriguez died when she was struck by a car about 2:15 yesterday morning in downtown Mexico City, the government news agency Notimex reported. Two women were injured in the same accident and taken to hospitals.

Seventeen-year-old Luis Alberto Monrreal Ibarra was electrocuted shortly after leaving the game. Ibarra and a friend came in contact with power cables while crossing a pedestrian bridge. The friend was hospitalized with burns. . . .

The Chicago Fire held off the Kansas City Wizards for a 2-1 MLS win in Kansas City, Mo. Diego Gutierrez notched his third goal of the season in the 38th minute and forward Ante Razov tallied another five minutes later to boost Chicago (11-9). Mo Johnston scored the only goal for Kansas City (6-15).

Auto Racing

Waltrip to Retire

Though he still thinks he's a great driver, Darrell Waltrip, 52, announced that, yes, it's true, he's retiring after next season. With a finale that he's calling "Victory Tour 2000," Waltrip will finish up one of the most remarkable, outspoken, fun-loving careers motorsports has ever seen.

"I came into this sport in 1972, and I've been a headliner ever since," Waltrip said in an emotional announcement at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before qualifying for the sixth Brickyard 400.

Meantime, Jeff Gordon had a big day on the 2 1/2-mile oval, winning the pole for Saturday's race.


Tyson-Douglas Rematch

Mike Tyson will make his latest comeback against perhaps his biggest nemesis when he fights Buster Douglas on Oct. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden.

Tyson promoter Dan Goossen denied a deal had been struck, but CNN/SI reported the news early Wednesday and a source confirmed it to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Tyson lost his undisputed heavyweight championship to Douglas when he was knocked out in the 10th round of their fight in 1990. . . . International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion Mark Johnson of Washington will make the first defense of his title Aug. 13 against Mexico's Jorge LaCierva at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Conn. ESPN2 will televise the bout.


IBL Team Sold

Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson purchased the Cincinnati-based franchise in the fledgling International Basketball League. The team, which will be called the Cincinnati Stuff, is a charter franchise in the eight-team league that starts in November.