Perhaps it's time for Serena Williams to beat older sister Venus.

"I'm going to try to win; I don't go out to try to lose a match," Serena said before today's final of the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, where she will meet Venus.

So far, Venus leads their series, 3-0, but Serena is coming off a victory at the U.S. Open, where Venus was beaten in the semifinals.

The Grand Slam Cup is the world's most lucrative tournament, with the women's winner earning $800,000 and the loser getting $400,000. Under tournament rules, because of the U.S. Open title she won three weeks ago, Serena also is assured a $100,000 bonus. So the family budget will grow by $1.3 million, no matter who wins. "I prefer to play her in the big matches because that's what we dreamed of, always being in the finals of big tournaments like Wimbledon and the U.S. Open," Serena said.

The men's final between Greg Rusedski and Tommy Haas will be a battle for the richest prize in tennis, with the winner earning $1.3 million. Haas defeated Thomas Enqvist, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, yesterday in the semifinals. Rusedski beat Andrei Medvedev, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5.


No Action on Atlanta

The International Olympic Committee official who led the internal investigation into the Salt Lake City bribery scandal said he saw no need for punitive action in connection with Atlanta's winning bid for the 1996 Summer Games.

IOC Vice President Dick Pound said the excesses related to Atlanta did not compare with those stemming from Salt Lake City's successful bid for the 2002 Winter Games. Pound led an inquiry which led to the expulsion or resignation of 10 IOC members in connection with gifts, cash, college scholarships and other favors accepted by members and their families during the Salt Lake City bid.

But Pound, attending an IOC executive board meeting in Athens, said: "I don't believe there's anything in that report that would lead to any further action against any members."

Pound said the IOC would rely on the findings of its new ethics commission, which announced last week it would review the Atlanta report for any possible misconduct by IOC members.

Meanwhile, the IOC suspended Afghanistan's Olympic committee on grounds that it can no longer function under the Taliban regime in Kabul. . . .

The IOC approved the addition of skeleton and women's bobsled to the sports program for the 2002 Winter Games. Skeleton is a sport in which an athlete rides a sled head-first down an ice track.


U.S. Team Loses, 53-8

In Dublin, Ireland's Keith Wood grabbed four tries in a 53-8 victory over the United States to open Group E at the Rugby World Cup. The Irish scored seven tries in a tune-up for next week's defining group match against Australia.

The United States fielded just four players who earn a living from the sport, compared to the fully professional Irish squad.

Track and Field

FloJo Lawsuit

The mother of late Olympic gold medal sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner is suing her son-in-law, Al Joyner, for the death of her daughter. The wrongful death lawsuit filed Sept. 21 in Orange County (Calif.) Superior Court by Florence Griffith claims Joyner failed to "exercise reasonable care to avoid foreseeable risk of harm" to his wife and that "harmful or offensive touching" caused her death. She is seeking monetary and punitive damages.


Clinton's Green Loses

Clinton's Reggie Green (30-4) was stopped at 2 minutes 40 seconds of the 10th round by Mickey Ward (34-9) in a thrilling junior welterweight bout Friday night before 1,801 at the Icecenter in Salem, N.H. Green, who nearly finished Ward in the third round, was ahead on two of the judges' scorecards when the fight was halted, but had no answer for Ward's body attack in the final three rounds.