A 17-year-old football star at a suburban Richmond high school died of heat stroke after becoming ill during practice, stunning school officials and students on the opening day of the new school year.

Anthony Craig Lobrano, an all-state player as a junior at Varina High School, died Tuesday at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, a day after collapsing during team practice.

A state medical examiner said the cause of death was hypothermia, an abnormally high body temperature commonly called heat stroke.

"School is starting on a somber note," Henrico County schools superintendent Mark A. Edwards said. "We are all distraught and emotional."

"Everybody loved this kid, not just because he was an athlete, but because he was a personality," Varina principal Jerry Kanner said.

Larry Johnson, assistant director of the Virginia High School League, said Lobrano's death was the first related to high school football in the state since a Pulaski County player died in 1997.

Lobrano, 6 feet 4 and 305 pounds, collapsed less than 30 minutes after practice began. The temperature in the area at the time was about 77 degrees.


Woods Goes for Triple

Tiger Woods has the career Grand Slam. Next up is a chance to win the Triple Crown, a feat not nearly as prestigious but no less rare.

That's not the reason Woods has selected the Canadian Open as his final tournament of an unforgettable summer, but he is aware of what a victory would mean. Only Lee Trevino, in 1971, has won the U.S. Open, British Open and Canadian Open in the same year.

"Lee has taught me a few things in this game," Woods said. "It would be nice to share something in common with him."

The Canadian Open, which starts today at Glen Abbey Golf Club, was first played in 1904 and ranks as the third-oldest national golf championship behind the British Open (1860) and U.S. Open (1895).


Ratings Game

About 15.4 million people tuned in to watch comedian Dennis Miller's regular season debut in the "Monday Night Football" broadcast booth.

Numbers released by Nielsen Media Research held mixed news for ABC Sports, which brought Miller aboard in hopes of sparking interest in a show that has had ratings drop for five straight seasons.

The three-hour telecast of the St. Louis Rams' 41-36 victory over the Denver Broncos earned a 15.3 national rating with a 26 share. That was down 5 percent from last year's 16.1/27 for the opener between Miami and Denver, which was played a week after Labor Day.

The last time "Monday Night Football" opened on the holiday, in 1998, it drew a 14.8/24--3 percent lower than this year's first game.

Each rating point represents 1 percent of the country's estimated 100.8 million TV households. The share is the percentage of in-use TVs tuned to a given program.


American Eyes AD

Dan Radakovich, associate athletic director for business and chief financial officer of the University of South Carolina athletic department, has begun negotiations with American University to become the school's athletic director, sources familiar with the situation said.

Reached last night at his Columbia, S.C., home, Radakovich, 42, confirmed he had visited the AU campus for the second time and met with university officials Tuesday. He said he has been involved in what he characterized as "serious discussions" about the job the past two days. Radakovich, who holds an MBA degree, said he hoped to have everything worked out "one way or the other" by early next week.

The AU job has been open since Lee McElroy resigned two months ago to become athletic director at the University at Albany, State University of New York.


Female Officials Settle

Two female boxing officials who were denied New Jersey licenses without explanation or a hearing soon will be working professional fights in the state. They have settled a lawsuit against Larry Hazzard, commissioner of the New Jersey Athletic Board of Control, whom, they claimed, violated their rights by refusing them licenses to work bouts in the state.

Lynne Carter, New Jersey's first African American female boxing judge, and Velma Garrick, a referee who has worked about 50 professional bouts, had accused Hazzard of gender bias in a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Trenton in July 1999 and asked for $75,000 in damages.