The inaugural Montgomery County Marathon, a 26.2-mile race designed to showcase the county's park system, will take place Nov. 5, two weeks after the 25th Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 22.

The predominantly flat course will start at the Shady Grove Metro station in Rockville and enter the park system at Lake Needwood. More than 20 miles of the race will be on county bike paths and trails through Rockville, Garrett Park, Kensington and Chevy Chase before ending on Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda.

A prize purse of $4,400, with $250 for first place, will be available. Registration opens April 1, is $30 and will be limited to 1,000 runners.

The race is sponsored jointly by the Montgomery County Parks Foundation and the Montgomery County Road Runners Club. More information is available at


Corinthians Prevail

Corinthians won the first FIFA World Club Championship, beating Vasco de Gama, 4-3, on penalty kicks in an all-Brazilian final following a scoreless tie in Rio de Janeiro.

Rincon and Luizao made Corinthians' first two kicks, and Romario and Alex Oliveira kept pace for Vasco. After Luizao put Corinthians ahead, 3-2, goalkeeper Dida saved Gilberto's kick. Edu scored for Corinthians, Viola pulled Vasco to 4-3 and Vasco goalkeeper Helton put his team back in the game by saving Marcelinho's kick. But Edmundo shot wide, giving the title to Corinthians.


Site Change Sought

College basketball coaches want the NCAA to move the 2002 South Region first- and second-round games from Greenville, S.C., because the state flies the Confederate flag and refuses to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a permanent holiday for state workers.

Jim Haney, executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, said his group supports the Black Coaches' Association in calling for the change.

The BCA will have a presence Monday when anti-flag groups plan a rally at the statehouse in Columbia, S.C.


Philippoussis Out

Mark Philippoussis woke up with a stiff neck today and withdrew from the final of the Colonial Classic, a warm-up for the Australian Open starting next week. Philippoussis, considered a leading contender to win the Open, was to have played top-ranked Andre Agassi in the Colonial final in Melbourne. In a semifinal yesterday, Philippoussis beat Pete Sampras, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5), serving 15 aces and yielding only six points on his serve. . . .

In Sydney, Amelie Mauresmo claimed her second big scalp in as many days today, beating defending titlist Lindsay Davenport in the International final a day after ousting top-ranked Martina Hingis.


New Date for Bout

Felix Trinidad and Olympic gold medalist David Reid will fight one night earlier than planned, with promoter Don King asking Nevada boxing officials for a March 3 bout in an outdoor stadium on the Las Vegas Strip.

King had wanted the fight on March 4, but a rival promoter had already secured pay-per-view rights for that date for another fight and King was forced to move the bout.

Figure Skating

Kwan Glides to Lead

Michelle Kwan, skating with grace and precision, took the lead of the International Skating Union Grand Prix Final in Lyon, France, with a narrow victory over Irina Slutskaya of Russia.

Current world champion Maria Butyrskaya struggled and came in third as each skater performed the long program.


Tickets All Around

Tickets for the 2000 Kemper Open, which runs May 29-June 4, go on sale today at all Ticketmaster outlets. . . .

Individual game tickets for the Baltimore Orioles' 2000 season go on sale today beginning at 10 a.m. Fans can buy tickets through the Orioles' Internet site-- person at the Orioles' official team stores or at Ticketmaster outlets. . . .

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling is hosting "ASL for ALS," a World War II board game/simulation tournament, through Sunday at the Comfort Inn and conference center in Bowie. More than 100 participants are expected for the weekend event, which will benefit research of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Admission is $20 at the door.