With the queen of Malaysia in the gallery, the U.S. team of Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara pulled within one stroke of the lead yesterday at the World Cup in Kuala Lumpur. O'Meara shot a 6-under-par 65 and Woods had a 68 to put the Americans at 273 after two days at the Mines Resort and Golf Club. Spain leads the 32-team tournament at 272.
Miguel Angel Martin and Santiago Luna each shot 66 for Spain. Martin joined Woods and Philip Price of Wales in the individual scoring lead at 135. The United States has won 21 of the 44 World Cups but none since Fred Couples and Davis Love III swept four in a row from 1992 to 1995. . . .
Tom Lehman shot an even-par 72 on the Del Monte course for a share of the second-round lead in the Pebble Beach (Calif.) Invitational Pro-Am. Loren Roberts, the 1997 winner, had a 71 to match Lehman at 4-under 140 in the $300,000 tournament that includes male and female players. . . .
English teenager Justin Rose had a second straight 69 at the European PGA Tour qualifying school in Sotogrande, Spain.
Rose, 19, came to prominence in the 1998 British Open when he finished fourth as an amateur. He turned professional immediately afterward, but missed the cut in his next 21 tournaments and lost his automatic qualification on the tour.
His round left him tied for 12th with a 4-under-par total of 212 after three of six qualifying rounds. The top 35 of 168 competitors will earn a spot on next season's tour.
Lepage Wins 1st Pole
Kevin Lepage watched teammate Chad Little negotiate the Atlanta Motor Speedway oval and made a discovery.
"I watched Chad go off into Turn One, and he went in a little bit different than I had," Lepage said after winning his first career pole and the top qualifying spot for Sunday's season-ending NAPA 500. "So I tried it, and when I got to where he went in, the car just stuck real good.
"We thought we'd be a top 25 car, but I never in my life thought we'd be sitting on the pole."
Lepage, 37, driving one of the five Fords that make up Jack Roush's NASCAR Winston Cup stable, turned a lap of 193.731 mph on the 1.54-mile speedway.
Weiss Second in Paris
World champions Alexei Yagudin and Maria Butyrskaya took the lead after their short programs at the Lalique Trophy competition in Paris, while French couples led the other events. Yagudin led comfortably in the men's event, completing the only quadruple jump of the night. U.S. champion Michael Weiss of Fairfax was second despite falling hard on his quad attempt. The rest of his required element, which he skated to a dramatic version of "On the Waterfront," was flawless.
"The quad felt better than it looked," Weiss said. "I was stunned when I went down."
Butyrskaya was trailed closely by Russian teammate Victoria Volchkova in the women's competition, with American Sarah Hughes third. Sarah Abitbol and Stephane Bernadis of France were in first in the pairs event.
The long programs of all events will be held today.
Women's World Cup
France's Regine Cavagnoud raced to a narrow victory over Italy's Karen Putzer in a women's World Cup giant slalom in Copper Mountain, Colo. Cavagnoud, a 10-year World Cup veteran who never had finished higher than fourth in giant slalom, had a combined time of 2 minutes 0.84 seconds, beating Putzer by .07 seconds.
Austria's Michaela Dorfmeister was third and Sweden's Anja Paerson was fourth. The only American to qualify among the top 30 was Kristina Koznick of Burnsville, Minn., who wound up 27th.
Mystics to Pick Second
The Washington Mystics, who finished last season 12-20, will have the No. 2 pick in the WNBA draft on April 25, WNBA officials announced. Cleveland (7-25) will have the first pick.
The league will hold an expansion draft on Dec. 15 for four new teams to acquire six players each. Indiana will have the first pick, followed by Seattle, Miami and Portland. Each of the 12 existing teams will lose two players.
Trammell Joins Padres
Alan Trammell was added to the coaching staff of his hometown San Diego Padres, a team he rooted for as a kid and later helped beat in the 1984 World Series as the star shortstop of the Detroit Tigers. Trammell, 41, likely will become the team's first-base coach. . . .
Chicago Cubs right-hander Jon Lieber agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract with the team. . . . Tigers pitcher Dave Mlicki agreed to a three-year, $15.5 million deal with Detroit.
Y. America Penalized
Young America was stripped of a point in the challenger series for sailing's America's Cup after officials found the team made a false claim about damage to its boat. The decision came after the international jury reopened a protest hearing into whether the New York Yacht Club's syndicate was able to start its race against Young Australia on Wednesday.
Young America withdrew from the race, but was awarded one point by the jury after complaining that officials didn't properly consider a request to postpone the start so the team could fix what it said was a problem with the boat's gooseneck, which fixes the boom to the mast. After an initial hearing, the jury decided that race officials had made a procedural error by not consulting Young America about the problem before going ahead with the race.
But after hearing the voices of Young America sailors caught by a television camera just prior to the start, the jury decided the damage was much more serious than the team claimed and that there was no chance the boat could be repaired in time to race.