At a White House news conference with President Clinton yesterday, Michelle Akers, a midfielder on the 1999 World Cup soccer team, said professional female soccer players' salaries are not equal to male players' pay despite the strides that women have made in the sport.

"We still have a ways to go," Akers said. "We're still being discriminated against. We still are not paid equally for the amount of work that we do." . . .

Meantime, a spokesman for the U.S. Soccer Federation said representatives of the group and the soccer players met in Los Angeles to try to resolve a labor dispute that resulted in the World Cup team members refusing to play in a recent tournament in Australia. . . .

Rivaldo, the star forward of Brazil's national team and of Barcelona in the Spanish League, overwhelming was voted FIFA player of the year. . . .

University of Maryland forward Taylor Twellman will forgo his final two years to play professional soccer for 1860 Munich of the German Bundesliga.


Tyson Sued

The boxer who was punched after the bell by Mike Tyson during a fight in Las Vegas in October sued the former heavyweight champion, charging he broke an oral agreement for a rematch. Orlin Norris, 34, of Lubbock, Tex., says in court papers he was promised he would be Tyson's next opponent in exchange for a statement that Tyson's blow after the first-round bell on Oct. 23 was "accidental."

Norris's complaint, filed in Manhattan's State Supreme Court, asked that Showtime cable television be required to withhold $2 million of Tyson's purse in his fight Saturday against Julius Francis in Manchester, England. . . .

Former heavyweight champion Michael Dokes was sent to prison for a night of terror in which he beat and sexually assaulted his live-in girlfriend. A tearful Dokes apologized for his actions, but it wasn't enough to prevent a judge from giving him up to 10 years in prison for an attack that left the victim's face so beaten that an arresting officer said he couldn't recognize her from a driver's license photo.


Magic Moments

Retired NBA great Magic Johnson showed why he's one of the greatest playmakers ever, dishing out 12 assists and controlling the game as his Magic M7 defeated Stockholm's Alvik, 120-96.

"My game is not to score points," Johnson said after completing an 11-day, five-game Swedish tour with a perfect record. "It's like tonight. It's to control the tempo of the game. That's when I play great."

Johnson finished with 15 points, his lowest output during the tour. He also had seven rebounds.


Area Minor League Team Set

A new minor league baseball team, owned by the Bowie-based Maryland Baseball Limited Partnership, will begin play in Aberdeen, Md., this April, according to sources from the independent Atlantic League.

The unnamed team, composed mainly of players cut by major league teams during spring training, will play at Harford Community College for one season and move to a newly built park in 2001. The eight-team Atlantic League plays a 140-game schedule that begins April 28. . . .

The Yankees are scheduled to hold a news conference today to announce the signing of starting left-handed pitcher Andy Pettitte to a three-year contract worth $25 million.