Syracuse starting cornerback Tanard Jackson (Bullis High School), who was stabbed in the chest during a fight outside the campus student center, was released from a Syracuse hospital yesterday.

"He's doing fine," Coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "It's unfortunate. He tried to avoid what happened, and in the end he couldn't. We're just hoping for a speedy recovery."

Police said Jackson, a sophomore from Germantown, and his roommate, Reggie McCoy, a safety, were in a parking lot outside the Schine Student Center about 2 a.m. Sunday when a fight broke out involving about 15 people.

Jackson was leaving a dance sponsored by a campus fraternity. During the dance, there was an altercation between two groups. A group of football players stepped in to end the confrontation, university spokesman Kevin Morrow said.

Jackson was attacked as he walked to his car with friends, Morrow said. "It's encouraging that he was trying to do the right thing," Pasqualoni said.

* COURTS: Kobe Bryant's attorneys abruptly dropped a bid to seal evidence in the NBA star's rape case, saying the details would be leaked anyway and that releasing all the documents will reveal how unprofessional the prosecution was.

In a scathing court filing, defense attorney Pamela Mackey alleged "unlawful or improper conduct" by law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the case, including the leaking of information and suppression of evidence suggesting Bryant was innocent.

Prosecution spokeswoman Krista Flannigan did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert dropped the felony sexual assault charge against Bryant at the alleged victim's request Sept. 1.

There was no immediate indication whether District Judge Richard Hart would open the files after the defense's court filing yesterday.

Bryant still faces a federal civil suit seeking unspecified damages for pain, suffering, "public scorn, hatred and ridicule." . . .

The San Francisco Giants fan who caught Barry Bonds's 700th homer in San Francisco is being sued by another man who says he was the rightful owner of the prized ball, which he maintains was stolen from him during a mad scramble.

According to a restraining order that will be filed in today, Timothy Murphy said Steve Williams stole the historic blast from him during a melee in the left-center field bleachers at SBC Park on Sept. 17.

* WNBA: Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, the No. 1 overall pick in last spring's WNBA draft, was named the league's rookie of the year, a near-unanimous selection over Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard.

* GOLF: Top-ranked Vijay Singh withdrew from the American Express Championship in Ireland, wanting to stay home with his family in Florida and cope with the damage left by Hurricane Jeanne.

Singh won the 84 Lumber Classic in Pennsylvania on Sunday for his third straight victory and eighth of the year. He planned to fly home Sunday night to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Tournament organizers said Singh was unable to get home until yesterday.

* PARALYMPICS: Tatyana McFadden, 15, of Clarksville, Md., won a bronze medal in the 200-meter T54 race yesterday at the Paralympic Games in Athens. McFadden already had won a silver in the 100.

-- From News Services

and Staff Reports