Michelle Wie advanced to the second round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur, beating Angela Park of Torrance, Calif., 1 up, yesterday in Erie, Pa.

"The long game is important, but I had trouble keeping it in the fairway," the 14-year-old Wie said. "What won for me today was I made some really great up and downs.

"The short game was the difference. Only three words can describe today: nerves of steel."

Wie struggled off the tee in stroke play and tied for 39th among the 64 players who qualified for match play at The Kahkwa Club. Wie will face In-Bee Park of Henderson, Nev., in a second-round match today.

* AUTO RACING: Jeff Gordon apologized for skipping Victory Lane after his win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR did not punish him, but said it expected all winning drivers to follow post-race protocol in the future. Gordon did not drive into Victory Lane after his win Sunday in the Brickyard 400. Instead, he celebrated on the racetrack with his team. In avoiding the official celebration, Gordon was not photographed with a bottle of sports drink that is a NASCAR sponsor but conflicts with his own endorsement deals.

* HOCKEY: The Washington Capitals signed a one-year affiliation agreement with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. The deal is in addition to Washington's existing agreement with the Portland Pirates of the AHL. The Stingrays will be the likely destination for the Capitals' less advanced prospects; Portland, meantime, will be stocked with players closer to being ready for the NHL.

* HIGH SCHOOLS: Randall May, the former West Springfield boys' soccer coach and last spring's All-Met boys' soccer coach of the year, will take over as Stone Bridge's head coach this school year, he said. May resigned from West Springfield in mid-June after leading the Spartans to their third Virginia AAA championship in the past four years.

"We made the second round of the [Virginia AA Dulles District] tournament this season for the first time," said Stone Bridge Athletic Director Dave Hembach of the Bulldogs, who finished with a 7-7-3 record this year. "We think we are headed in the right direction now."

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Jeff Gordon, left, kissed the bricks after winning the Brickyard 400 Sunday. Gordon apologized for skipping Victory Lane after the win.