The next Presidents Cup will have 32 matches and one extra day.
Exactly one year before the matches are played at the Robert Trent Jones Club in Gainesville, the PGA Tour announced that the 2000 Presidents Cup--biennial matches between the United States and international players from outside Europe--will be played over four days instead of the traditional three.
Tour officials said the latest move is designed to make the most out of limited daylight in October, allow for the potential of rain delays and reduce some of the stress packed in over the three days.
"I'm very pleased," said U.S. captain Ken Venturi. "Starting Thursday is a marvelous idea. We'll have the opening ceremony in the morning, lunch with the team and then play foursomes. We'll be able to show golf that afternoon."
Instead of foursomes (alternate shot) and four-balls in the morning and afternoon of the first two days, the new format will have foursomes Thursday afternoon, four-balls and foursomes on Friday, another round of four-balls on Saturday, and then 12 singles matches on Sunday.
Donovan Fills In
Hall of Fame player Anne Donovan will be the interim coach of the WNBA expansion franchise in Indiana while Nell Fortner guides the U.S. Olympic team. Fortner was named Indiana's coach in August with the understanding she would miss the team's inaugural season because of the 2000 Olympic Games. Donovan will become Fortner's top assistant in 2001.
Donovan, who played collegiately at Old Dominion, last coached in 1998 with Philadelphia of the now-defunct American Basketball League. She also coached East Carolina for three seasons, compiling a 33-51 record.
Pierce Falls in Moscow
Ai Sugiyama upset defending champion Mary Pierce, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, in a second-round match at the $1.05 million Kremlin Cup. Seventh-seeded Sandrine Testud also was upset, 6-3, 6-4, by Silvia Farina of Italy.
In other matches, Barbara Schett overcame Anastasia Myskina, Julie Halard-Decugis beat Anne-Gaelle Sidot, Sarah Pitkowski defeated Natasha Zvereva, Anke Huber beat Kimberly Po and Lisa Raymond defeated Elena Tatarkova. . . .
Second-seeded Todd Martin was ousted from the Lyon Grand Prix in France, dropping a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 decision to Magnus Gustafsson. Vincent Spadea set up an all-American quarterfinal against Jim Courier with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Sjeng Schalken.
Blissful Hall Heads Field
Blissful Hall, the ninth pacer in history to win the Triple Crown, and Hambletonian winner Self Possessed head a field of 147 horses entered for the Breeders Crown divisional championships in Campbellville, Ont.
The number of entries necessitated the scheduling of 17 elimination races in seven of the eight divisions, to be contested Friday and Saturday at Mohawk Raceway.
French champions Bordeaux, Portugal's Porto, Scotland's Rangers, and Germany's Hertha Berlin picked up key victories in the Champions League, putting themselves atop their groups and in position to make the final 16 of Europe's top club soccer competition.
After a 1-0 loss at Hertha Berlin, Italian power AC Milan looks in jeopardy of being eliminated and needs to rebound in the final two matches the next two weeks.
The top two teams in each of the eight groups advance with Barcelona the only club already qualified after its 4-2 victory Tuesday over Arsenal.