The Washington, D.C., Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Friday at a banquet in Greenbelt. The date was incorrectly listed in yesterday's editions. (Published 11/14/99)

A group headed by actor Bill Murray and the son of the late maverick baseball owner Bill Veeck is negotiating to bring a baseball team from the independent Northern League to Washington for the 2001 season.

Mike Veeck, whose ownership group operates five minor league clubs, including two in the Northern League, says that league would move one of its existing 16 franchises to RFK Stadium. Veeck says the team would need to average just 10,000 fans over the league's 86-game schedule to break even financially.

The six-year-old Northern League fields teams in 12 states and two Canadian provinces. Because the league is not affiliated with Major League Baseball, it would not need the approval of MLB or Peter G. Angelos, the Baltimore Orioles' owner, who has objected to having a major league team in Washington because he feels it would significantly hurt his ticket sales and broadcast revenue.

According to Veeck, Miles Wolff, the president of the Northern League and the former owner of the Durham (N.C.) Bulls, met recently with D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams, who expressed interest in the District acquiring a Northern League team. The mayor's office referred calls yesterday to Jim Dalrymple, general manager of RFK Stadium. Dalrymple was not available to comment. . . .

Adrian Beltre could become a free agent because the Dodgers signed him when he was 15. And Los Angeles moved quickly yesterday to get another third baseman, trading for Florida's Kevin Orie.

Beltre's agent, Scott Boras, sent a letter Thursday to the commissioner's office asking that his client be declared a free agent.

Dodgers General Manager Kevin Malone declined to comment. Rob Manfred, executive director of labor relations in the commissioner's office, said an investigation, first reported yesterday by the Los Angeles Times, will start next week. . . .

In a swap of outfielders, Jon Nunnally was acquired by the New York Mets from the Boston Red Sox for Jermaine Allensworth.


Woods Trails Two by 3

Tiger Woods trails Ernie Els by three strokes after two rounds of the $1.3 million Johnnie Walker Classic in Taiwan, but that's nothing compared to last year.

At that time, when the tournament was in Thailand, Woods rallied from eight strokes behind to beat Els in a playoff for his biggest comeback as a professional.

Els shared the lead yesterday with New Zealand's Michael Campbell. The South African shot a 5-under 67 for a 36-hole total of 137 at Ta Shee Golf and Country Club.

Woods, who has won four consecutive tournaments and eight of his last 11, shot a 72 for 140. . . . David Duval and teammate Fred Couples combined for an 11-under 61 to take the opening day's lead in the alternate shot format during the Shark Shootout in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The teams of Andrew Magee and Jay Haas, Scott McCarron and Scott Hoch, and John Cook and Peter Jacobsen fired 66s for a second-place tie, five shots behind the leaders at Sherwood Country Club. . . .

Se Ri Pak threatened to run away from an elite field in the LPGA Tour Championship in Las Vegas with another 6-under 66 at the Desert Inn Golf Club that gave her a five-stroke lead over Laura Davies.


Billick Fined

Baltimore Ravens Coach Brian Billick was fined $10,000 for saying that officials probably wouldn't give his team any close calls in its game last Sunday against the Browns in Cleveland. Billick said he won't appeal the fine. . . .

Troubled running back Lawrence Phillips was suspended by the San Francisco 49ers for what the club said was conduct detrimental to the team.

In a terse news release, Coach Steve Mariucci said that Phillips would not make the trip to New Orleans, where the team is to play the Saints on Sunday.

It was unclear what Phillips did to prompt the suspension. The 49ers were flying to New Orleans last night, and Mariucci was unavailable for further comment.

"We will reevaluate his status next week," Mariucci said in the statement.


Young America Prevails

Young America had a successful return to the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland, New Zealand today (Saturday), winning its first race in a new boat in the America's Cup challenger sailing series.

The New York Yacht Club's entry, whose first boat was crippled after bending on a wave on Tuesday, was given late permission to race after rules governing the official checking of the boat's measurement were waived.

Young America's USA58, which was structurally reinforced after USA53's dramatic mishap, cruised to a comfortable victory over Defi Francais, despite skipper Ed Baird being careful to steer clear of the French at the start. Prada still leads the regatta, having won 14 of 15 races for 26 points.

Auto Racing

Green Takes Pole

David Green led a Pontiac onslaught at Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning the pole for Sunday's inaugural Pennzoil 400.

"I feel that this is the first good opportunity I've had in Winston Cup," said Green, who has been driving for team owner Tim Beverly only since the race in Loudon, N.H., on Sept. 19.

Green, the 1994 Busch champ and an 18-time pole winner in that series, got his first Winston Cup pole in his 72nd try and in only his eighth race with Beverly's Tyler Jet Motorsports team. Green got the pole with a lap of 155.759 mph on the 1 1/2-mile Homestead oval.


Johnson to Defend Title

Washington's Mark Johnson will defend his IBF junior bantamweight title against Mexico's Raul Juarez Nov. 19 at D.C. Armory. This will be the third hometown appearance for Johnson (38-1, 26 KOs) and a rematch against Juarez (28-5, 15 KOs). The two fought in August 1996. The undercard features featherweights Mbulelo Botile of South Africa and Hector Lizarrage of Fresno, Calif. ESPN2 will broadcast the bouts. . . .

The Washington, D.C., Boxing Hall of Fame inducted the following at a banquet last night in Greenbelt: professional--Richard "Boone" Pultz, Robert "Boo Boo" Sawyer; amateur--Harlen Marbley, Franke Tavenner, Charlie Tuttle; outstanding contribution--Bill McCaffrey, Gilbert Ware, Walter Allen, Karl Milligan, Brenda Davis, Don Angel, Karl Hammonds and Sylvester Stevens.

Figure Skating


The dates of the 1999 World Professional Figure Skating Championships at MCI Center were incorrect in yesterday's editions. The competition is Dec. 10 and 11.