Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia and steeplechaser Saif Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar set world records at the Van Damme Memorial meet yesterday in Brussels.
Isinbayeva set a world record for the second time in two weeks and improved on the mark she set to win the Olympic title. She leaped 16 feet 13/4 inches, bettering by a half-inch her winning vault at the Athens Games. It was her fifth record in two months.
"I want to be a legend," she said. "I like people to talk about me."
Shaheen, kept from the Olympics because of a nationality switch from his native Kenya, set a world record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase of 7 minutes 53.63 seconds, smashing the mark of 7:55.28 set by Moroccan Brahim Boulami three years ago in Brussels.
Felix Sanchez's three-year winning streak in the 400 hurdles also ended when he was forced to abandon the race halfway through, apparently with a left thigh injury. It also threw the Dominican world and Olympic champion out of contention for the $1 million Golden League jackpot. . . .
Hungarian sports authorities urged hammer thrower Adrian Annus to give back his Olympic gold medal, which was stripped after he refused to take a follow-up drug test.
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Construction crews were scrambling to finish renovating Navy's stadium before the football team's season opener against Duke today. It's the end of a $40 million renovation and remodeling of the nearly 50-year-old Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. . . .
Tab Perry was cleared by the NCAA to play for UCLA this season, giving the Bruins a major boost at wide receiver. . . .
Brent Schaeffer will become the first freshman to start at quarterback in a season opener for No. 14 Tennessee when the Volunteers play UNLV tomorrow.
* HOCKEY: Team USA finally showed some energy in the World Cup of Hockey, beating Slovakia, 3-1, in St. Paul, Minn., for its first win in the tournament.
Bill Guerin, Jason Blake and Bryan Smolinski scored for the younger, quicker, U.S. team, which moved into third place in the North American Division. Slovakia dropped to fourth at 0-2.
The Czech Republic scored three goals in three minutes during the second period and routed Germany, 7-2, in a world cup match in Prague.
The victory gave the Czechs third place in the European pool behind Sweden and Finland, dropping Germany to fourth.
* OLYMPICS: The boyfriend of Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann was killed yesterday when the Jeep the couple was in rolled off the shoulder of Interstate 76 in northeastern Colorado.
The Jeep, which crashed about 1:20 p.m., rolled about two times and Steven Blackford was ejected, trooper Ron Watkins said. Watkins also said McMann was driving and that Blackford was not wearing a seat belt.
Blackford, 28, was a three-time NCAA all-American wrestler at Arizona State.
McMann was hospitalized in Fort Morgan and asked that her condition not be released, according to a hospital employee.
-- From News Services