Former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson was charged with one misdemeanor count of gambling, including on games in which he played.

McPherson, who started four games for Florida State last season, placed bets over the Internet on college and pro games during the 2002 football season, the school said yesterday.

He bet on every Florida State game last season, always wagering that they would win, according to university police chief Carey Drayton. Sources told investigators McPherson bet large amounts and owed a Tallahassee man, identified as Dereck Delach, a total of $8,000, police said.

Delach and Florida State football team equipment manager Jeffrey Inderhees were charged yesterday with one felony count of bookmaking.

McPherson was kicked off the team in November, after police said he was connected to the theft of a blank check later cashed for $3,500.

Drayton said no other charges are expected. McPherson's lawyer, Grady Irvin Jr., did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Inderhees was in Tallahassee and was expected to turn himself in to police, Drayton said. Delach was in Pennsylvania, according to authorities.

The charges result from a three-month investigation by the university, Tallahassee police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Drayton said Inderhees told investigators that he and McPherson placed bets on collegiate and professional basketball games as early as January 2002.

Horse Racing

Lady's Secret Dies

Lady's Secret, the 1986 horse of the year, died in Valley Center, Calif., after delivering a foal about eight hours earlier.

The 21-year-old daughter of Secretariat and multiple stakes winner Great Lady M was the last filly or mare to win horse of the year honors until Azeri in 2002. Lady's Secret was elected to thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame in 1992.

She won 25 races, including 22 stakes. She finished second nine times and third on three occasions in 45 races overall.

"We're all devastated here," said Leigh Ann Howard, manager of Valley Creek Farm. "These kind of horses don't come along very often."


Alinghi Rewrites Rules

America's Cup winner Alinghi of Switzerland and a U.S. syndicate have modernized the 152-year-old competition and vowed to make the next regatta more television-friendly.

The next cup, likely to be held in the spring and summer of 2007, will have a new set of rules written by Alinghi and Oracle of San Francisco, the challenger of record.

Defenders always have been able to set the rules. But one of the biggest changes will be the formation of a single, independent management organization.

Alinghi also jettisoned nationality regulations it described as unwieldy and expensive. Alinghi revealed it avoided the old rules by spending millions on Geneva apartments for foreign sailors and boat designers who never lived there.

Under Alinghi's rewritten rules, sailors and designers can join the syndicate of their choice but may not change their minds after committing to a team up to 18 months before a cup regatta commences.

Meantime, the southern Spanish city of Cadiz made a formal offer to host the next America's Cup. Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca are also preparing bids.

Other ports showing interest are Cascais, Portugal, and Cowes on England's Isle of Wight, which hosted the first race for the cup in 1851.


Hamm Hurts Neck

Washington Freedom star Mia Hamm left practice with a strained neck, but club officials are hopeful she will play in the team's preseason opener Saturday in Wilmington, N.C.

Also, teammate Lindsay Stoecker injured her knee after rolling her foot over a ball. She was scheduled for an MRI exam and may have exploratory surgery Thursday. The injury appears to be unrelated to her anterior cruciate ligament tear suffered last year.