Baltimore Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken now has a stake in another local team.

Ripken is part owner of the Baltimore BayRunners, a men's professional team that will play in the new International Basketball League, the league announced yesterday.

"I have a great passion for sports overall and I love Baltimore," Ripken said in a statement. "I love the game of basketball and I want to support something that's good for the city."

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Ripken will appear in radio, television, print and billboard advertisements promoting the team. He will also take part in the BayRunners' opening-night ceremonies Nov. 26. The league will play in eight U.S. cities--Baltimore, Cincinnati, Albuquerque, Jacksonville, Fla.; Las Vegas, Richmond, San Diego and Tampa Bay.


Norris Unnotified

No one bothered to tell Orlin Norris that his fight with Mike Tyson is no longer scheduled for 12 rounds.

"You would think they would give us the common courtesy of notifying us," Norris's manager, Scott Woodworth, said.

The biggest fight of Norris's 14-year pro career was changed from a 12-round fight for an obscure heavyweight title to a 10-rounder after Norris had already signed for the bout. "It doesn't really make a difference to me," the veteran fighter said. "I know I signed a contract for a 12-round fight. And it was never told to me or my people it was changed."

Track and Field

D.C.'s Moore to Hall

The District's Charles Moore, a 1952 Olympic champion in the 400-meter hurdles, was elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, USA Track and Field announced. Moore, 70, who never lost a 400-meter hurdles race, also won a silver medal in the '52 Games in the 4x400 relay.

Moore was elected along with triple jumper Willie Banks, marathon great Bill Rodgers and the late Larry Ellis, former president of USA Track and Field and Princeton track coach.


Hingis Advances

Top-ranked Martina Hingis had a surprisingly troublesome 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory over Russian qualifier Tatiana Panova in the second round of the Swiss Indoor Championships. Fresh off her third title in Filderstadt, Germany, last week--her seventh of the year--Hingis arrived in Zurich seeking to win her first tournament title in Switzerland. But for a short while, however, she struggled against the 57th-ranked Russian.


O'Meara Undecided

Mark O'Meara is undecided about returning to Europe to play the World Golf Championships at Valderrama. O'Meara, preparing to defend his World Match Play title when play starts Thursday, said he won't go to Spain if his game doesn't improve.

"I need a win or maybe second to get into our Tour Championship the following week," he said. "If I don't make that it would be the first time in I don't know how many years that I've failed to qualify."

Auto Racing

RJR Cuts Sponsorship

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is ending its sponsorship of the NASCAR Winston Racing Series, saying it could violate the national tobacco settlement by allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to compete. RJR's 26-year sponsorship of the series will end after the current season, but NASCAR said the series will continue under another sponsor. RJR said it will continue to sponsor the NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Winston West series.


Euro Championships

Portugal was awarded the 2004 European Championships, beating out Spain and a joint Austria-Hungary bid. This will be the first time the quadrennial championships are held in Portugal.

Figure Skating

D.C. Gets Championships

The U.S. Figure Skating Association selected Washington to host the 2003 world championships. Pending final approval next year by the International Skating Union, the event would be held at MCI Center in March 2003.