Back at No. 1, Lindsay Davenport is putting retirement on hold and plans to play in next year's Australian Open.

Davenport, 28, officially moved atop the WTA Tour computer rankings for the sixth time yesterday and said she tentatively has worked out a 2005 schedule through March.

The three-time Grand Slam tournament champion said at Wimbledon that she thought this would be her final season. But a strong summer, including four straight titles and a 22-match winning streak, convinced Davenport that she can still contend.

"I'm looking forward to going to Australia and trying to win again," she said.

Davenport moved up one place to overtake Amelie Mauresmo, who is followed by three Russians: Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva. Justine Henin-Hardenne, No. 1 until Mauresmo replaced her Sept. 13, tumbled from No. 3 to No. 6. . . .

Fashion models replaced traditional ball boys at the Madrid Masters, where winners included Albert Costa, Alex Corretja and Luis Horna.

Women in black tank tops and white, knee-length skirts chased errant shots during Costa's win over Irakli Labadze. Reportedly paid $1,100 for the week, the women were greeted by cheers and whistles at the Madrid Rockodrome indoor court. The women are appearing in one televised match each day during the tournament.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Three Rutgers football players were hurt, one seriously, in an accident caused by a man accused of drunken driving.

Safety Dondre L. Asberry, 20, suffered a spine fracture and head injuries in the accident Saturday night, police said. The junior remained in critical condition yesterday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.

Cornerbacks Leslie Collins and Eddie Grimes, both 20, sustained head and facial injuries. They were treated and released along with Collins's brother, George W. Hardison, 18. . . .

Defensive back Brandon Johnson was suspended indefinitely by Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer for violation of team rules. Fulmer also dismissed junior defensive back Chris Heath, but did not say what the violations were. . . .

Washington State quarterback Josh Swogger broke a bone in his right foot, ending his sophomore season. Swogger is seventh in the Pacific-10 in passing, averaging 208.7 yards per game.

* COURTS: Former West Virginia football players Travis Garvin and Alvoid Mays are under arrest for allegedly robbing a supermarket and are being held in the Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods, W. Va., each on $200,000 bond, police spokesman Sgt. Jay Powers said. Mays, 38, played for six seasons in the NFL as a defensive back with the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers.

* AUTO RACING: Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost his appeal of a 25-point penalty and $10,000 fine for using a vulgarity during an Oct. 5 post-race interview with NBC. Instead of leading the NASCAR Nextel Cup standings by a point with five races to go, Earnhardt trails Kurt Busch by 24 points.

* WOMEN'S SPORTS: Annika Sorenstam, a six-time winner on the LPGA Tour this season, was named Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation in New York. She joined Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who were honored in the team category.

* PRO FOOTBALL: The Arena Football League will play its 19th championship game next year at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the first Arena Bowl held at an independent venue. The league's season begins in January.

* SOCCER: Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer increased his stake in Manchester United for the second time in four days, upping his ownership share to 27.63 percent.

Glazer spent $30.56 million on another 6 million shares in one of the world's biggest soccer clubs. On Friday, Glazer spent $80.91 million to increase his stake to 25.3 percent. The majority shareholders are Irish horse racing figures John Magnier and J.P. McManus, who hold 28.9 percent of the stock through their Cubic Expression company.

-- From News Services