Marion Jones tied her fastest time of the year, and world record holder Maurice Greene cruised to victory yesterday in a London tuneup for this month's world championships.

Greene's 9.97 seconds in the 100 meters at the British Grand Prix was well short of the 9.79 he ran in Athens two months ago. "I'm a bit tired now because I have done a lot of racing recently," Greene said. "I didn't feel any pressure here today, and I just had to come out and have fun. But the time proves I am in great shape, and I am ready for Seville," the Spanish city that will host the world championships.

In the women's 100, Jones matched the 10.80 she clocked last month in Lausanne, Switzerland. She finished almost three meters ahead of world 200-meter champion Zhanna Pintusevich of Ukraine, who clocked 10.98, with American Inger Miller third in 11.13.

"I am so far ahead of the rest of the world that everyone is just judging me by my times," Jones said.


Davenport Falls

Lindsay Davenport didn't look like the world's No. 1 player. And now she might not be.

Spraying errors all over the court and consistently missing her first serve, Davenport lost to fourth-seeded Venus Williams, 6-4, 7-5, in the TIG Classic semifinals in Carlsbad, Calif.

"I just felt a little flat and a little sluggish," said Davenport, who served 12 aces in a 7-5, 7-5 quarterfinal victory over Anke Huber Friday night.

The loss may cost Davenport the world's top ranking.

No. 2 seed Martina Hingis needs only to beat seventh-seeded Amanda Coetzer in the night semifinal to reach today's final and regain the No. 1 ranking.

"I kind of knew I'd lose it this summer because I have so many points to defend," said Davenport, who won three consecutive California tournaments and the U.S. Open last summer. "I'll just try to get it back during the Open."


Title for T. Reid

Teddy Reid of Adelphi upset 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Terrance Cauthen in the fourth round Friday night to win the North American Boxing Federation lightweight title at Horshoe Casino in Tunica, Miss.

Reid (13-3-1, nine knockouts) twice knocked down Cauthen (16-1) in the second round and again in the third round before the referee stopped the fight in the fourth.

Reid, 28, turned professional five years ago. Cauthen, a native of Trenton, N.J., fights out of the Joe Frazier Gym in Philadelphia.


Barkley Penalized

A jury has ordered Houston Rockets forward Charles Barkley to pay $12,900 for causing injury to another man in a car accident.

Both the plaintiff, Jason Buckingham, 23, of Houston, and Barkley, 36, said the 11-1 verdict Friday vindicated their respective sides.

"I think we didn't have to go through this at all. If he had asked me to pay his medical bills a year ago, it would have been fine," Barkley told the Houston Chronicle. . . .

David Robinson is the first athlete to be awarded the Montblanc de la Culture Award. Robinson was honored as a patron of the arts for making a $5 million donation to the Carver Center, a black cultural center in San Antonio.


DiMaggio Jr. Dies

Joe DiMaggio Jr., the only child of baseball great Joe DiMaggio, died at a local hospital of apparent natural causes, relatives and hospital officials said yesterday. DiMaggio, 57, was estranged from his father and saw him infrequently in the years before the elder DiMaggio's death in March. . . .

Retired Temple University basketball coach Harry Litwack, whose 21-year reign included the 1969 NIT championship, died yesterday of a stroke at his home in Huntingdon Valley near Philadelphia. He was 91.