Rookie driver Mark Taylor spun out and hit the wall yesterday during practice for the Indianapolis 500. He was not injured.

Taylor, who won the IRL's developmental Infiniti Pro Series championship last year, qualified for his first Indy 500 last week.

He had just completed a lap at 214.912 mph yesterday when his car went sideways through the first turn. It spun left, then right and hit the outside wall with the left rear. He was out of the car quickly and was taken to the infield hospital, where he received a mandatory checkup and cleared by the track doctor.

"We were just working on race stuff," Taylor said. "You try to work with cars in front of you, and we hadn't got quite enough downforce in the car yet."

* TENNIS: Denmark filed an appeal to a ruling that kicked the country out of the Davis Cup until 2005.

Last month's ruling by the International Tennis Federation also dropped Denmark to a lower tier for refusing to play a first-round match in Algeria because of security concerns.

Denmark was supposed to visit Algeria on April 9-11, but the Danish Tennis Federation requested a switch to a neutral venue.

* SOCCER: Spanish champion Valencia won the UEFA Cup, scoring in each half for a 2-0 victory over Olympique Marseille in Goteborg, Sweden.

Valencia, which lost back-to back Champions Cup finals in 2000 and '01, won its third UEFA Cup, though it was called the Inter Cities Fairs Cup when it won in 1962 and '63.

* COURTS: A judge entered a not guilty plea in Madison, Wis., for a Wisconsin football player charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a campus area apartment in February.

Dwayne Smith, a sophomore tailback, remained silent during his arraignment Tuesday, so Judge James L. Martin made the plea for him, according to court records. The judge did not set a trial date but gave attorneys 20 days to file any motions.

* COLLEGE BASEBALL: The George Washington baseball team reached 40 regular season wins for the first time with a 14-3 decision over Towson. Dan Sullivan won his ninth consecutive start and Anthony Smith hit two home runs for the Colonials (40-16), who are idle until next week's Atlantic 10 tournament.

* BOXING: Mike Tyson has been granted a license to fight in Missouri in case promoters decide to bring his next bout to St. Louis.

Tyson's camp did not specify a date for any bout even though the former heavyweight champion's manager is trying to arrange a fight July 31 against journeyman Kevin McBride.

The fight would be Tyson's first since Feb. 22, 2003, when he knocked out Clifford Etienne in 49 seconds in Memphis.

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