Michigan State tailback Dawan Moss was dismissed from the team yesterday after being arrested and accused of dragging a police officer with his car following a traffic stop.

The 22-year-old Moss, one of the Spartans' captains, was charged with fleeing and eluding a police officer -- a felony -- as well as misdemeanor drunken driving and having an open container of alcohol.

Michigan State Coach Bobby Williams announced Moss's dismissal.

"This type of behavior will not be tolerated in this football program, regardless of the player's status," Williams said. "I'm disappointed in Dawan's actions because he was seen as one of our team leaders."

Meantime, quarterback Jeff Smoker, who was suspended indefinitely Oct. 24 for violating team rules, has sought help for a substance abuse problem. . . .

Wisconsin running back Anthony Davis was stabbed in the left thigh yesterday morning during a domestic dispute and was taken to the hospital. . . .

Baylor football coach Kevin Steele, who has a 9-33 record in four seasons, was fired but agreed to finish out the season with the Bears. . . .

Howard quarterback Donald Clark suffered bruised ribs but no serious damage during the Bison's 21-0 victory Saturday over Norfolk State. . . .

Virginia's game at Penn State this Saturday will kick off at 3:30 p.m., and will be televised regionally by ABC.


Sarachan Blowing Into Chicago

Dave Sarachan, the U.S. national soccer team's top assistant during its historic run to the quarterfinals at last summer's World Cup and former D.C. United assistant, will be named coach of the Chicago Fire today, sources told The Post.

The Fire has called a news conference for this afternoon in Chicago. Details of Sarachan's contract with the Fire weren't available. Sarachan will replace Bob Bradley, who became the New York/New Jersey MetroStars' coach last month. . . .

Inter Milan won, 2-0, at Como to remain in first place in the Italian league, three points ahead of cross-town rival AC Milan. . . .

Arsenal ended its four-game losing streak, winning 1-0 at Fulham on an own-goal to move within four points of league-leading Liverpool in the Premier League.

Tottenham and Chelsea played to a 0-0 tie. . . .

Canada beat Costa Rica, 3-0, in the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup to advance to the semifinals against Mexico. The United States, which finished Group 1 play 3-0 and advanced to the semifinals, will play Costa Rica on Wednesday.


Barrera Stars in a Show

Marco Antonio Barrera and Johnny Tapia put on a highly entertaining non-title featherweight bout Saturday night in Las Vegas, going after each other for 12 rounds before Barrera emerged with a unanimous decision win. . . . USA Boxing was placed on probation by the U.S. Olympic Committee for failing to meet its obligations as a national governing body.


Safin Masters Hewitt

Marat Safin won his first title of the year, easily beating Lleyton Hewitt, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, 6-4, to win the Paris Masters for the second time. . . .

Cedric Pioline is retiring, ending a 13-year career for the former Wimbledon and U.S. Open runner-up. . . .

Slovakia beat Spain for its first Fed Cup title in the Canary Islands. Daniela Hantuchova beat Conchita Martinez, 6-7 (10-8), 7-5, 6-4, and Janette Husarova downed Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario, 6-0, 6-2.


America's Cup Challenger Matches Set

Series-leading Alinghi of Switzerland chose defending America's Cup champion Prada as its quarterfinal rival in the challenger series in Auckland, New Zealand.

U.S. rivals Oracle and OneWorld will meet in the other quarterfinal.

Horse Racing

Xtra Heat Left Out in the Cold

Eight days after finishing sixth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, Laurel Park-based filly Xtra Heat failed to sell at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale in Lexington. The 4-year-old Xtra Heat passed through the sales ring last night at a reduced price of $1.7 million but still failed to lure a buyer.