Mexico surprised Argentina, 1-0, in the Copa America, scoring on Ramon Morales' bending free kick in the ninth minute last night in Chiclayo, Peru.

Morales sent his shot into the upper right corner, and goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri never had a chance as Mexico beat Argentina for the first time in 14 years.

In an earlier game, Uruguay beat Ecuador, 2-1.

Referee Marcio Rezende called the free kick after Argentina's Luis Gonzalez brought down striker Jesus Arellano with a slide tackle from behind.

Argentina dominated much of the game but couldn't get through Mexico's defense.

Mexico and Uruguay share first place in Group B with four points. Argentina trails with three, followed by Ecuador with none.

In the first game, Uruguay won with goals from Diego Forlan and Carlos Bueno. After a scoreless first half, Forlan, a striker for Manchester United, made a solo run up the middle and scored from 23 yards in the 61st minute.

Ecuador replacement forward Franklin Salas equalized in the 73rd on a cross from Ulises de la Cruz before Bueno scored the tiebreaking goal in the 79th, poking in a rebound over prone goalkeeper Giovanny Ibarra. . . .

Otto Rehhagel, who coached Greece to the European title one week ago, turned down an offer to coach the German national team.

Rehhagel, a German native, will respect his contract with Greece, which runs through 2006.

Rudi Voeller stepped down as Germany's coach following the European championships.

* BASKETBALL: Free agent guard Brent Barry, 32, has reached an agreement to join the San Antonio Spurs, leaving the Seattle SuperSonics for a four-year deal believed to be worth between $22 and $24 million.

Barry ranked second in the NBA last season in three-point shooting, making 45.2 percent of his shots. He averaged 10.8 points and 5.8 assists. . . .

Five-time NBA all-star Rudy LaRusso died after a long fight with Parkinson's disease. He was 66.

LaRusso died Friday, Los Angeles Lakers spokesman John Black said. LaRusso, a forward, helped the Lakers reach the NBA Finals three times in the early 1960s. He averaged 15.6 points and 9.4 rebounds over a 10-year career.

* TENNIS: Fifty of the greatest players in tennis history received a royal welcome yesterday at the Hall of Fame's 50th anniversary celebration in Newport, R.I.

Under sunny skies, Prince Albert of Monaco introduced 47 Hall of Famers and the class of 2004 -- Steffi Graf, Stefan Edberg and Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney -- to a sellout crowd on the grass courts.

Graf, Edberg and Cheney will be enshrined before the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships' title match today.

The players ranged in age from Gardnar Mulloy, 90, to the 35-year-old Graf. . . .

Chanda Rubin rallied to give the United States a split of the opening-day singles with Austria in a Fed Cup quarterfinal tie played on clay in Innsbruck, Austria.

Rubin beat Barbara Schwartz, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. Austria's Barbara Schett beat Lisa Raymond, 6-2, 6-4.

Today, Rubin will play Schett and Raymond takes on Schwartz. Martina Navratilova and Raymond face Schett and Patricia Wartusch in doubles. . . .

Amelie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce gave defending champion France a 2-0 lead against Italy in the Fed Cup quarterfinals in Rimini, Italy. Mauresmo routed Silvia Farina Elia, 6-2, 6-1, and Pierce beat Francesca Schiavone, 6-3, 6-4. . . .

Roger Federer topped Potito Starace, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, advancing to the Swiss Open final in Gstaad.

Igor Andreev beat third-seeded Rainer Schuettler, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), in the other semifinal.

* LOCALLY: The Washington Mystics will host an open practice from noon till 1 p.m. Tuesday at MCI Center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. . . .

The Washington Wizards ended their Pepsi Pro Summer League schedule with a 76-67 loss to the New Jersey Nets in Orlando. Gerald Fitch and Jameel Watkins led the Wizards with nine points each [Box score, E11].

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