Peter Lonard shot a 6-under-par 64 that gave him a share of the lead with J.L. Lewis yesterday at the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Tex.
Tiger Woods finished with a 65 that left him tied for second with Dudley Hart. . . .
Nancy Scranton shot a 6-under 66 and held a one-stroke lead over Stacy Prammanasudh after the opening round of the inaugural LPGA Tour Franklin American Mortgage Championship in Franklin, Tenn.
* COLLEGES: Despite three losing seasons in the last four years, Joe Paterno, 77, got a four-year contract extension from Penn State that will take him past his 80th birthday.
* TENNIS: Serena Williams looked sharp in her second match back after nearly a month off with a knee injury, beating Dally Randriantefy, 6-1, 6-3, in the Italian Open's third round in Rome. . . .
Also winning were second-seeded Amelie Mauresmo and No. 5 Jennifer Capriati. . . .
Marat Safin missed out on the quarterfinals, losing, 6-4, 6-4, to Juergen Melzer at the Hamburg Masters in Germany.
In other action, top-ranked Roger Federer beat Fernando Gonzalez, 7-5, 6-1, and Guillermo Coria defeated Tommy Robredo, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
* AUTO RACING: North Carolina Speedway is out as a future stop on the Nextel Cup schedule.
"NASCAR has made the decision to not run any more Cup races at North Carolina Speedway after this season," Vice President Jim Hunter said.
Also as part of the realignment, Darlington (S.C.) Raceway would be reduced to one race each year and its second event and the race taken from North Carolina would be divided between Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway, a NASCAR source who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press.
An announcement by NASCAR chairman Brian France was scheduled for today.
Meantime, Kyle Busch christened Richmond International Raceway's new asphalt surface by going faster than anyone ever has in Busch Series qualifying on the three-quarter-mile oval.
Busch turned the fastest lap at 129.348 mph and earned his third pole of the season in the Busch Series, obliterating Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s qualifying mark of 126.868 mph that was set in September 2002.
* OLYMPICS: South Korean prosecutors reportedly want a seven-year prison term for International Olympic Committee Vice President Kim Un Yong if he is convicted of embezzlement and bribery.
Prosecutors also are seeking a $665,000 fine, the national news agency Yonhap reported. Officials at the prosecutor's office would not immediately confirm the reports. . . .
Amare Stoudemire, 21, of the Phoenix Suns will be invited to play for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, two USA Basketball sources said.
* BROADCASTING: Deion Sanders is leaving CBS's "NFL Today" after two seasons with the pregame show.
The outspoken Sanders, a seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback during a 12-year NFL career, joined the program as a contributor during the 2001 season. For the past two seasons he has been a studio analyst, along with Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason and Jim Nantz.
* FOOTBALL: Lawyers for Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis were in court in Atlanta to try and get information that may be used against him in a drug conspiracy case.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Walker allowed the attorneys to meet with the government and try to work out their differences. No ruling was made, and both sides will reconvene May 26.
* HOCKEY: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tie Domi underwent successful surgery on his left hip in Pittsburgh.
-- From News Services