When American Jeff Rouse broke the world 100-meter backstroke record in 1992, Lenny Krayzelburg was a 17-year-old Russian migrant trying to start a promising swimming career. Yesterday, Krayzelburg broke Rouse's world mark at the Pan Pacific championships in Sydney.

"The world record was my goal coming into the meet, but I was surprised it was so fast," Krayzelburg said after his 53.60-second performance, breaking Rouse's mark of 53.86 set at the Barcelona Olympics.

But the 23-year-old Californian was overshadowed by Australian Ian Thorpe, who broke his third world record in three days. Thorpe lowered his own mark in the men's 200 freestyle--set Monday in the semifinals. Thorpe, 16, fought off fatigue to finish in 1 minute 46 seconds.

"I haven't experienced anything this exciting for a long time, and I don't think I'll experience anything like it for a long time to come," Thorpe said. "I'd never believed I'd be able to do this and now that I've done it was all worthwhile."


Brandon Stays With T-Wolves

Free agent point guard Terrell Brandon re-signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, agreeing to a six-year pact worth more than $60 million. . . .

The Golden State Warriors re-signed center Erick Dampier to a seven-year contract worth a guaranteed $48 million. Dampier could earn $12 million more in incentives over the length of the contract. . . .

The Cleveland Cavaliers re-signed forward Cedric Henderson to a three-year deal. Henderson started 119 games for Cleveland the past two seasons. . . .

Magic Johnson, the retired NBA star and future Hall of Famer, has agreed to play at least one game in Sweden's basketball league, Coach Charles Barton said.

"People really don't believe it. Sometimes it's a little unreal for me, actually. It's true, though," said Barton, the former coach of Sweden's national team.

Barton's team, known as M7, finished fifth in the Swedish League last season and missed the playoffs.

Steve Haney, an attorney for the former Los Angeles Lakers all-star, said Johnson picked Sweden partly because of the impression the country made on him during a 1996 playing tour. . . .

San Antonio Spurs forward Sean Elliott is scheduled to be released from a hospital today, a little more than a week after having a kidney transplant. Elliott, 31, needed the transplant because of an illness he has had for several years called focal segmental glomerular sclerosis.


Rose May Go to Series

The sponsor of baseball's All-Century team said it did not pressure Commissioner Bud Selig to allow Pete Rose to participate if he's elected. After snubbing Rose at the All-Star Game, Selig said the career hits leader would be invited to the World Series if he's elected to the All-Century team, even though Rose is banned from baseball for life.

"It's a baseball policy issue," said Jeff Price, vice president of U.S. sponsorships and events for MasterCard International. "MasterCard didn't get involved with it."

Price would not say whether MasterCard planned to use Rose in its commercials. Its current ads include Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, George Brett and Barry Bonds.


Sampras Is Top Seed at Open

Four-time champion Pete Sampras was named the U.S. Open's top-seeded man for a record-tying fifth time, tournament director Jay Snyder announced. Martina Hingis was seeded No. 1 in the women's singles for the third consecutive year.

The U.S. Open begins its two-week run on Monday at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. . . .

The U.S. Tennis Association Men's Senior clay-court championships for players ages 75 to 84 will be played Sept. 13-20 at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington.


D.C.'s Vinson Defeated

Clarence Vinson of the District, the three-time U.S. bantamweight champion, was defeated, 7-4, by Zakhid Mekhtsiyeu of Belarus at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Houston.

Hometown favorite Ricardo Juarez was one of four U.S. fighters to advance to the semifinals. It was quite a contrast to the last World Championships in 1997, when no American advanced beyond the second round. Other Americans to advance were Brian Viloria of Waipahu, Hawai; Michael Bennett of Chicago and Michael Simms Jr. of Sacramento.

Auto Racing

Nadeau to Replace Irvan

Jerry Nadeau was hired to temporarily take over the driving duties for Ernie Irvan, who is recovering from head and lung injuries from a crash last week at Michigan Speedway.

Little League

Toms River Wins Prelim

Chris Fontenelli struck out nine batters in four innings and defending champion Toms River, N.J., beat Brownsburg, Ind., 3-1, in the preliminary U.S. round at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.