Baltimore Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken has offered nearly $9 million to help build a minor league baseball stadium in his home town of Aberdeen, Md.

The money will be used for a complex of fields surrounding a new stadium and a baseball school for young players to be known as the Ripken Academy, Ripken said Monday.

The academy also will try to lure the headquarters of the Babe Ruth youth league to Aberdeen so the league's championship could be played there.

There has been some interest in the project, but Ripken's personal involvement has moved the project forward, Aberdeen Mayor Doug Wilson said.

The entire effort will cost an estimated $25 million, Wilson said. Aberdeen officials said they hoped the state would kick in $7 million to complement money from Harford County, Aberdeen and private investors.


Controversial Finish

Officials dismissed two protests against Danish-Australian yacht Nokia, one day after it set the Sydney to Hobart race record.

The 60-footer with controversial water ballast tanks finished the 630-nautical mile race in 1 day 19 hours 48 minutes 2 seconds. That smashed German maxi Morning Glory's 1996 record by 18 hours 19 minutes.

A protest was lodged by Sydney maxi Brindabella, which finished second, and Marchioness, which finished fifth.

An international jury meeting at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania took just under one hour to dismiss the protests.

No reasons were given about the nature of the protests or why they were dismissed. A race spokesman said the protests were on technical grounds and are understood to involve the number of crew members carried by Nokia.

Nokia carried ballast tanks to rapidly shift 2.5 metric tons of sea water from side to side, a major aid to its stability.


DNA Test for Carruth

Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth underwent DNA tests Monday to determine whether he fathered the baby whose mother he is accused of killing.

Carruth and authorities have said he is the father of 6-week-old Chancellor Lee Adams, but confirmation was needed for a custody hearing on Thursday.

The hearing also will revisit an order freezing Carruth's property and accounts. The victim's family is seeking child support from Carruth, who has pledged to provide for Chancellor and paid for the paternity test, which cost about $1,000.


Becker Steps Down

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has stepped down as Germany's Davis Cup team chief, citing differences with top player Nicholas Kiefer. Team captain Carl-Uwe Steeb will handle Becker's job in addition to his own, the German Tennis Federation said.

"After the experience of the last few months, this was the only proper decision," Becker said.

Kiefer has refused to play under Becker. The reasons for the disagreement have not been explained by either of them.

Track and Field

Baumann Tests Positive

A second urine sample supplied by German Olympic champion Dieter Baumann again showed traces of the banned steroid nandrolone.

The gold medalist in the 5,000 meters at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics faces a two-year ban from the German athletics federation, which announced the test result yesterday.

Baumann has been suspended since Nov. 19, after his first sample showed traces of nandrolone 10 times over the permitted level following out-of-competition tests.

Baumann, one of the most vocal critics of doping in German sports, has denied taking any drugs.


U.S. Juniors Win

The United States, featuring a team of 10 NHL draftees, beat Slovakia, 1-0, for its first victory in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Sweden.

Adam Hall of Michigan State scored in 14th minute on an assist by Andy Hilbert.

The win in Skelleftea kept the Americans unbeaten in Pool A. They tied the Czech Republic in their opening game.


Manchester Comes Back

Defending champion Manchester United came back from two goals down to tie its Premier League match, 2-2, at Sunderland, with Nicky Butt scoring the equalizer with just four minutes left. The result left Leeds, which lost at Arsenal earlier in the day, atop the standings with 44 points in 20 matches, followed by Manchester United (43 in 19), Arsenal (39 in 20) and Sunderland (38 in 19).


Wachter's Recovery Complete

Anita Wachter of Austria won a World Cup giant slalom and Allison Forsyth was second in Lienz, Austria, in one of the best finishes this decade by a Canadian woman.

This was Wachter's first World Cup victory since last December. She came back last winter after recovering from a knee injury that had threatened her career. She had a total time of 2 minutes 22.33 seconds, moving up from fourth after the first run.

Forsyth was timed in 2:22.66, the best result of her career. This is her second year on the World Cup circuit and her first finish in the top three.