John Daly will not be fined for his outburst during the second round of the Australian PGA in Coolum, Australia, where he refused to sign his scorecard and was disqualified from the tournament.

Daly, whose mother died last week of cancer, also threw his putter into a lake on the 18th green after a 6-over-par round of 78 yesterday. He was upset over an official ruling on where to take a penalty drop on the 13th hole.

On Saturday, Australasian PGA Tour operations director Andrew Langford-Jones said Daly would not be fined.

"John was very apologetic," he said after meeting with Daly. "He has had a few personal issues, and he genuinely regrets what he did."

Jones said that while the tour did not appreciate Daly's unacceptable behavior, it had been sympathetic to his personal circumstances following the death of his mother, Lou, in Las Vegas on Nov. 21.

"We don't condone what John did out there, but he came out here under a lot of pressure, and he pulled a lot of people to the tournament," Langford-Jones said.

Daly had made the turn yesterday in 4-under 32 and was in contention to make the cut when he hooked his drive into the water on the 13th hole.

His understanding of where his ball crossed the hazard conflicted with that of Craig Parry, who was marking his card, and that of rules officials who viewed videotape of his shot. They made him go back 109 yards to hit his third shot from the tee end of the lake.

Daly then hit his next shot toward the green, but it hit a rules officials cart and went into the water.

Jarrod Moseley shot a 6-under 66 yesterday to take the lead at the event. Moseley had a 13-under 131 total and was a stroke ahead of two-time Australian Open champion Aaron Baddeley (65). Peter Lonard was two strokes back after a 68.

Daly was planning to return to the United States this weekend to attend a private funeral service for his mother.


Surgery for LeClair

The Philadelphia Flyers will be without star forward John LeClair for as much as 12 weeks.

LeClair and Simon Gagne were sidelined in Philadelphia's 3-0 loss to Toronto yesterday. LeClair said he will undergo surgery next week for a dislocated shoulder. The team estimates he will be out 10 to 12 weeks.

"There was a tear in the labrum," LeClair said. "That can heal on its own; it's not a guarantee, though. Sometimes they pop back out. We'll get [surgery] done and hopefully it heals properly."

LeClair, who has 11 goals and six assists, underwent MRI tests and they revealed more damage than originally thought. He will undergo surgery on Wednesday at Hahnemann University Hospital.

Winter Sports

German Up to Speed

Last spring, Hilde Gerg had a rod surgically removed from her left tibia, the remnants of a broken leg two years earlier. Consider her recovered.

The 27-year-old German fashioned a nearly flawless run to overtake Croatia's Janica Kostelic and win the World Cup Super-G in Aspen Colo., the first speed race of the season.

Gerg, the defending World Cup Super-G champion, finished in 1 minute 17.89 seconds, edging Kostelic by 0.06.

"I took three months out of skiing," Gerg said of her recovery, "but it was not so bad."

Italy's Isolde Kostner was third, and Kirsten Clark of Raymond, Maine, took fourth. . . .

In Kuusamo, Finland, former World Cup winner Primoz Peterka of Slovenia beat Adam Malysz to capture the opening event of the ski jumping season. Peterka, the World Cup overall winner in 1997 and '98, jumped 131.5 and 143.5 meters for 293.5 points, rallying from fifth place after the first round.

Alan Alborn, the top U.S. ski jumper, has a sore knee and did not compete. . . .

Olympic champion Apolo Ohno earned his first World Cup victory this season, capitalizing on a disqualification to win the 1,500-meter short-track speedskating race in St. Petersburg.

Ohno crossed the line behind China's Li Jia Jun, who was disqualified for impeding skaters in the seventh lap. Ohno finished in 2: 20.034.

The United States came in third in the men's 5,000 relay and will compete in today's semifinals.


Lewis, Klitschko to Fight

Lennox Lewis will defend his WBC title against Vitaly Klitschko, probably in late February or early March. Lewis manager Adrian Ogun said the site and exact date will be set as soon as possible.

Klitschko, a Ukrainian who trains in Hamburg, is ranked No. 2 by the WBC. He positioned himself for the bout with a 10th-round knockout of Larry Donald on Saturday.

Ogun said promoters will meet in the next few days with representatives from HBO, which will broadcast the fight, to complete arrangements.


Shearer Suspended

Former England captain Alan Shearer was suspended for two games for elbowing an opponent during a Champions League game for Newcastle.

European soccer's governing body, UEFA, said it punished the striker because of his "violent conduct" on Nov. 27 against Internazionale of Milan. . . .

Manchester United, Newcastle United and 20 other British soccer clubs donated uniforms to help Afghan teams rebuild after years of rule under the Taliban that banned the sport, Britain's government said. The soccer kits will be distributed to newly formed teams by the British Embassy in Kabul as part of a program to encourage sports and education, the government said on its Web site.