Reserve forward Toni Nhleko knocked in a header one minute into stoppage time, leading the Dallas Burn to a 1-0 victory over the first-place New York/New Jersey MetroStars yesterday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Nhleko scored off a cross from Oscar Pareja for his fifth goal of the season. Nhleko had entered the match in the 81st minute, after being listed as questionable with an injured hip flexor.

Dallas goalkeeper Jeff Cassar needed just four saves to collect his third shutout of the season. His best save came in the 85th minute, when he punched out a diving shot by MetroStars forward John Wolyniec.

Both teams played stingy defense, with only one shot on goal in the first half.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Nicholls (La.) State football coach Daryl Daye was fired over accusations of academic fraud involving players and an assistant coach.

Daye was not implicated in the reported fraud, but an investigation found he failed to "maintain proper controls" of the assistant, the Southland Conference school said.

"The assistant coach who committed the fraud and the head coach who personally selected the assistant coach . . . must be accountable," Athletic Director Rob Bernardi said.

The assistant also will be fired but his name was not immediately released because he had not been notified, university spokesman Michael Delaune said.

The ongoing investigation found questions involving the assistant's involvement in players' attempts to transfer summer credits from other institutions, Delaune said.

Daye went 19-36 in five seasons at the Division I-AA school.

* HORSE RACING: Golden Commander swung to the outside for room in the upper stretch and closed steadily in the final 16th of a mile to win the $114,700 West Point Handicap in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Golden Commander overcame early traffic problems to launch his move along the rail at the quarter pole. He surged past Irish Colonial to take the lead and withstood a late charge from Foreverness to win by a half length.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, Golden Commander ran the 11/8 mile in 1 minute 484/5 seconds on the grass, returning $10, $4.30 and $2.80. He was coupled in the wagering with Provincetown, who finished fourth in the field of 12 for 3-year-olds and up.

* BASEBALL: Yankees reliever Tom Gordon said his home in Avon Park, Fla., received minor damage from Hurricane Charley.

Gordon, a key member of New York's bullpen, said he was worried about his family because he couldn't get through on the telephone for a day and a half.

"It was nerve wracking because I didn't know what was going on," he said before yesterday's series finale against the Seattle Mariners.

-- From News Services