Juli Inkster became the 17th member of the LPGA Hall of Fame yesterday, dominating the final round of the $800,000 Safeway LPGA Golf Championship to win by six strokes in Portland, Ore.

Inkster, who shot a 2-under 70, led the three-day tournament almost from the beginning and finished at 9-under 207. Tina Barrett and 1998 U.S. amateur champion Grace Park tied for second.

Inkster bogeyed only two holes all round, Nos. 14 and 18. She hit her approach shot within 12 feet on the final hole, then three-putted. She shrugged her shoulders at the gallery, made the putt and promptly got a shower of champagne from a group of fellow players.

"It's great to have your peers there and rooting you on," Inkster said. "I think a lot of people were pulling for me, which really makes it nice."

Inkster won her fifth tournament of the year and first since the LPGA Championship in Wilmington, Del., in late June. That was her second major of the year as she also won the U.S. Open. She has 22 career victories, including five majors.

Inkster, who earned $120,000, was consistent on the 6,307-yard Columbia-Edgewater Country Club course in windy, cool conditions. The 39-year-old joins Beth Daniel and Amy Alcott in qualifying for the Hall of Fame this season. . . .

Duffy Waldorf won the Texas Open for a second time after making a long birdie putt to beat Ted Tryba on the first hole of a playoff in San Antonio. Both had finished four rounds at 18-under 270.

"From the hinterlands," Waldorf said. "I was just hoping to get the right speed on it and lag it in there."

Waldorf received $360,000. He also won the Texas Open in 1995, the first year the tournament was held at La Cantera Country Club. . . .

Gil Morgan shot a 7-under 63 to win the $1.4 million Kroger Senior Classic in Mason, Ohio. It was his second victory in three weeks. Morgan birdied the 546-yard, par-5 18th hole to complete his three rounds at 198.

Running

Loroupe Sets Mark

Aided by three men pace-setters, Kenya's Tegla Loroupe broke her world record in the women's marathon by four seconds in winning the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours 20 minutes 43 seconds.

Loroupe set the previous mark of 2:20:47 in Rotterdam on April 18, 1998.

Auto Racing

Martin First at MBNA After winning a career-best seven races last year, no one figured Mark Martin would be looking for his second victory this season in September.

Martin won the MBNA Gold 400 in Dover, Del., for the third year in a row. The victory ended a 25-race drought, dating from the second event of the season in Rockingham, N.C.

Martin perservered as rookie Tony Stewart outpaced the field for most of the first half of the race, then waged a battle with Winston Cup points leader Dale Jarrett, who finished third.

But Martin did not make much progress in his bid to catch Jarrett in the points race. Jarrett leads him by 257 points. Bobby Labonte, who took fifth, slipped to third (264 points back). . . .

Paul Tracy won the Grand Prix of Houston, a race featuring an uncharacteristic mistake by rookie sensation Juan Montoya that kept the CART championship pot boiling.

The 23-year-old Colombian, who has won seven of 18 races this season and has failed to finish just four times, was trying to extend his points lead to 44, which would have clinched the series title.

But he ran over wreckage on the track on Lap 13 and broke a wheel, forcing him out of the race. . . .

Sam Schmidt moved past Kenny Brack with three laps remaining en route to winning his first Indy Racing League title in a caution-filled Vegas.com 500 on his hometown track. . . .

Johnny Herbert of Britain earned his third Formula One victory, taking the European Grand Prix in Nuerburgring, Germany.

Finland's Mika Hakkinen, the defending champion, finished fifth in a McLaren-Mercedes and took the lead in the season points standings with 62.

Tennis

Australia Advances

Lleyton Hewitt upset Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the world's No. 2 player, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2, to put host Australia into the Davis Cup final against France.

The victory by the 18-year-old Hewitt gave Australia an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five series. In the second singles, Wayne Arthurs completed a 4-1 victory, beating Russia's Marat Safin, 6-3, 6-2.

France, which already had earned a place in the final by winning Saturday's doubles, defeated visiting Belgium, 4-1.

Boxing

Mosley Wins by KO

Shane Mosley's transition to the welterweight division was a success as he scored a 10th-round knockout against Wilfredo Rivera in Temecula, Calif., Saturday night.

Mosley (33-0), the IBF lightweight champion, knocked down Puerto Rico's Rivera (30-4-1) with a punishing right hand.

Greco-Roman Wrestling

Russia, Karelin Roll

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Alexander Karelin of Russia won his ninth world title in Athens.

Karelin, wrestling at 286 pounds, beat Hector Milian of Cuba, 3-0. Karelin never has lost an international match.

The Russians won the team competition with 40 points, followed by Cuba (38) and South Korea (32). The United States finished with 11 points and qualified only two wrestlers for the Sydney Olympics: Dremiel Byers (286 pounds) and Jason Klohs (213).

Steeplechase

Skilogalee Cruises

Jockey Blythe Miller rode Kay Jefford's Skilogalee to victory in the $15,000 Value America maiden hurdle at Foxfield Races in Charlottesville. Skilogalee, trained by Miller's father, Bruce Miller, won by 1 1/4 lengths in 4 minutes 4.20 seconds.

Jonathan Kiser and Dipiperon took the other $15,000 maiden hurdle by 12 3/4 lengths over Roger Horgan and Sovereign Storm.

Hockey

Brind'Amour Is Hurt

The longest active consecutive-game streak in the NHL is in jeopardy. Philadelphia center Rod Brind'Amour, who has played in 484 straight regular season games, suffered a hairline fracture in his left foot Saturday during the first period of the Flyers' 4-2 exhibition loss at New Jersey. He likely will miss two to four weeks.