Pat Summitt began her coaching career in 1974 with a loss and a handful of dirty uniforms.

Now in her 29th season, the Hall of Famer's record stands at 799-161, and she could become the first women's college basketball coach to win 800 games when the fifth-ranked Lady Vols host DePaul tonight. She would be only the fourth Division I men's or women's coach to reach 800.

"I think when you see a number like that you stop and think and reflect on the players and the teams and the competitors and what happened to allow us to be so successful," Summitt said. "It started with the administration and then the coaching staff being able to assemble some real talented players. We went from an all-Tennessee team to recruiting nationally."

Former North Carolina coach Dean Smith leads the list with 879 wins, followed by Adolph Rupp's 876 wins at Kentucky. Jim Phelan has 824 at Mount Saint Mary's.

Right behind Summitt are Texas Tech Coach Bobby Knight and Jody Conradt, the women's coach at Texas, with 797 apiece. . . .

Arizona guard Will Bynum, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, transferred to Georgia Tech. . . .

Nebraska point guard Jake Muhleisen, a 6-4 sophomore, is out for the season with a broken hip.

High Schools

James's Car Investigated

Officials are investigating whether LeBron James broke any eligibility rules with his new car.

James, expected to be the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft if he goes pro, has been driving a Hummer H2 that he reportedly got as an 18th birthday gift from his mother.

Clair Muscaro, commissioner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, said he will discuss the case by phone with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School principal Dave Rathz and wants a written report.

Golf

Wie, 13, Just Misses

Michelle Wie, a 13-year-old from Honolulu, shot a 1-over-par 73, but failed to make the cut in the qualifier for this week's Sony Open at Pearl Country Club in Aiea, Hawaii. Wie was the youngest and only female in the field of 96 players trying to make the four remaining slots for the PGA Tour event.

"I think someday we'll be better," said Wie, who played from the championship tees with the men. "Women strive harder and they have better goals."

Two players qualified for the Sony with a 65, and four others at 66 were in a playoff for the final two positions.

Hockey

Hartley on Tap in Atlanta

The Atlanta Thrashers called a news conference for today amid speculation they will hire Bob Hartley as their coach.

Hartley was fired less than a month ago by the Colorado Avalanche.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported yesterday on its Web site that Hartley had been hired.

Thrashers officials would not confirm the move.

The Thrashers fired Curt Fraser on Dec. 26, and General Manager Don Waddell took over on an interim basis. . . .

The Boston Bruins traded goaltender John Grahame to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth-round draft pick in 2004.

Soccer

An Ageless Hooligan

A 56-year-old Millwall fan became Britain's oldest convicted soccer hooligan when he was jailed for five years for kicking a police horse.

Raymond Everest, a former match steward at the club, was caught laughing on closed circuit TV cameras after attacking a horse following Millwall's game against Birmingham City on May 2. . . .

Slovakia must play its next home game on April 2 without fans in the stands because of racist chanting and crowd trouble during a 2004 European Championships qualifier against England.

Boxing

Tapia Released

Boxer Johnny Tapia, 35, was sent home from a Las Vegas hospital, two days after collapsing unconscious at home with what had been described as a head injury.

Physician Joaquim Tavares also concluded that there was no medical reason Tapia can't fight again.

Coach Pat Summitt has the Lady Vols pointed in the right direction to give her win No. 800, a mark reached by only Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Jim Phelan.