She wanted to be a millionaire, but Kim Haas of Dubuque, Iowa, left a putt six inches short.

With her heart pounding and tips from an LPGA star rolling around in her head, Haas could have won $1 million yesterday if she made a 10-foot putt in the Gillette Putting Challenge in Palm Harbor, Fla.

"I'm disappointed I left it short, but it's been a lot of fun," she said. "I've enjoyed it."

Haas, a 36-year-old mother of three, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation each will receive $25,000.

In the four years Gillette has sponsored the putting bonanza, no one has made the $1 million putt.

LPGA star Jane Blalock worked with Haas on a nearby putting green before the attempt. She also helped pick out the line of the putt.

"I was hoping for some miracle, a gust of wind," Blalock said. "She looked pretty composed and held up well."

Haas was selected at random in August and made a 10-footer worth $25,000 to qualify for the putt. She practiced 30 to 45 minutes daily the past six weeks.

"I was just trying to remember the tips Jane gave me. . . . Keep your head down and just try to relax," Haas said. "All of a sudden, I got up there and my heart started going so quick."


Redskins to Help Holiday Party

No Greater Love and the Washington Redskins will provide holiday fun for children who lost a loved one in war or by an act of terrorism at the 28th annual "Operation Holiday" party Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington.

Additional hosts include the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, Sheraton National Hotel and the United Nations. No Greater Love is the only organization in the United States solely dedicated to providing annual programs of remembrance, friendship and care for those Americans who lost loved ones in service for their country or by acts of terrorism.


Chermerkin Thrives at Worlds

Russia's Andrey Chermerkin won two gold medals and Iran's Hossein Rezazadeh set a world record in the snatch in the men's over 231-pound class to end the world championship meet in Piraeus, Greece.

Chermerkin won the gold medal in total weight with 1,009 pounds after hoisting 568 pounds to take the gold in the clean-and-jerk.

Rezazadeh lifted 454 pounds in the snatch to set the world record, but lost the gold medal to Saeed Jaber of Qatar because of less body weight. Rezazadeh also won the bronze medal in the total. Jaber took the silver medal in the total and the bronze medal in the clean-and-jerk.

Fourteen world records in nine men's divisions were broken at the championships. The women set 15 world records in seven categories in competition that ended Saturday.

Greece, which earned a men's best 19 medals, qualified eight athletes for the 2000 Olympics; Bulgaria, China, Turkey, Poland and Ukraine also qualified eight. The United States finished 25th and two of its lifters qualified for Sydney.


Olajuwon Is Out With Muscle Pull

Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon will miss at least three games after pulling a muscle in his right groin during a 91-88 loss at Portland on Friday.

Olajuwon, 36, was hurt while fouling Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis 13 seconds into the game. A team spokesman said Olajuwon returned to Houston and will be examined within the next couple of days.


Tiger-Cats Win Grey Cup

Danny McManus and Darren Flutie showed why they're the CFL's most feared passing tandem.

McManus threw two touchdown passes to Flutie--including a key seven-yard strike to open the fourth quarter--to give the Hamilton Tiger-Cats a 32-21 victory over the Calgary Stampeders to win the Grey Cup in Vancouver.

McManus, who completed 22 of 34 passes for 347 yards, was named the outstanding player in the Canadian Football League championship game.


Forbes: Knicks, Rangers Worth Most

The New York Knicks and Rangers are the most valuable NBA and NHL teams, Forbes magazine reports.

In this week's issue, Forbes values the Knicks at $334 million. The Chicago Bulls are next at $307 million, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at $282 million and the Portland Trail Blazers at $257 million. The least valuable NBA franchise is the Los Angeles Clippers at $103 million.

The Rangers are valued at $236 million, followed by the Philadelphia Flyers at $210 million, the Boston Bruins at $197 million and the Detroit Red Wings at $194 million. The Carolina Hurricanes are the least valuable at $70 million.