Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors will miss two weeks with a strained right knee after colliding with a teammate during practice yesterday.

Carter missed 10 games earlier this season because of an injured left knee. The latest injury was diagnosed as a mild strain of his patella tendon.

The all-star guard has averaged 19.2 points in 10 games.

Raptors forward Antonio Davis also didn't make the trip to Cleveland for tonight's game because of a swollen right knee. Davis, averaging 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds, left a game against Chicago on Friday night in the second quarter with the injury and didn't return. He missed Sunday's game against Portland. . . .

Celtics forward Tony Battie was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for kicking a ball that hit a referee. He will miss tonight's game against Phoenix.

Battie kicked the ball during the third period of Boston's 114-109 victory over Orlando on Monday night. He was ejected after the ball struck official Mark Wunderlich.


Inter Milan Tops Leverkusen

Inter Milan took another big step toward the quarterfinal of the European Champions League with a 3-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. Barcelona, the only team with a perfect record, was forced to sit still by the weather.

Barcelona's game against Newcastle was postponed until today because heavy rain made its Camp Nou stadium surface unplayable. After nine straight wins, including two in the qualifying round, the team has to wait 24 hours to try and tie AC Milan's record of 10.

In yesterday's other games, four-time winner Ajax Amsterdam edged AS Roma, 2-1, and Arsenal and Valencia tied, 0-0.

Luigi Di Biagio scored twice in the first half as host Inter outplayed last season's runner-up for most of the game. Inter, having overwhelmed Newcastle 4-1 two weeks ago, has a maximum six points from two games as the teams go into the mid-winter break. They return Feb. 18.

Barcelona would like to have been up there, too, but torrential rain forced the postponement of its Group A game.

"To be fair, it was the correct decision," said Newcastle midfielder Gary Speed. "The pitch was waterlogged and the ball wouldn't roll or bounce, so the game would have been a farce if it had gone ahead."

In Group B, Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Finnish forward Jari Litmanen put Ajax on top in Amsterdam. Roma's only goal was in the 89th minute by Gabriel Batistuta.


Martin Sues Promoter

Christy Martin, the WBC women's champion, sued a Michigan promoter for allegedly failing to pay her $300,000 for a fight last weekend.

Martin said Peter Klamka and Revolution Fighting Inc. of Ann Arbor, Mich., failed to pay her for a bout against Mia St. John at the Pontiac Silverdome on Saturday, according to papers filed at U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Martin, who scored a 10-round decision over St. John, was supposed to be paid $200,000 by Klamka after the fight and $100,000 by Revolution Fighting out of pay-per-view proceeds, court documents said.


Swiss Teenager Killed

Werner Elmer, a 19-year-old Swiss skier, died after crashing in a downhill event, the Swiss ski team said on its Web site.

Elmer, part of Switzerland's junior team, may have hit another person on the course, the team said. The rest of the day's runs were canceled. No further details were released. . . .

Austrian skier Benjamin Raich received the Olympic bronze medal taken from Alain Baxter for failing a drug test.

Baxter, the first British skier to win an Olympic medal, tested positive for the banned stimulant methamphetamine after finishing third in the slalom at the Salt Lake City Games in February.

Raich interrupted his training for a few hours yesterday to receive the medal.


Hockey Player/Priest Dies

Les Costello, the former Toronto Maple Leafs player who left the NHL to become a priest, died after being injured during a charity hockey game in Ontario. He was 74.

Costello joined the Maple Leafs for the 1948 playoffs. He had two goals and two assists as Toronto captured the Stanley Cup that year. He only played 15 games the following season before leaving the Maple Leafs for the priesthood.

In 1962, Costello helped form the Flying Fathers, which has raised more than $4 million for various charities. The club, made up of Catholic priests, has traveled across Canada and the United States, toured Europe in 1970 and was granted an audience with Pope Paul VI.

Roma's Vincenzo Montella, left, and Ajax's Petri Pasanen get legs up in a European Champions League match in Amsterdam. Ajax took a 2-0 lead and held on to win, 2-1.