Tom Lehman, unbeaten in singles in his three Ryder Cups, will be named U.S. captain for the 2006 Ryder Cup in Ireland, the Palm Beach Post reported yesterday.

The newspaper said Lehman would be introduced today on Amelia Island, Fla., where the PGA of America is holding its 86th annual meetings.

Lehman did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

PGA of America spokesman Julius Mason confirmed that a news conference would be held today to announce the next captain.

"I'd be honored if they choose me," Lehman said two weeks ago at Disney. "But I don't think it's anybody's place to lobby for that position."

Lehman, 45, would be responsible for leading a U.S. team that was dealt its worst loss to Europe, 181/2-91/2, two months ago at Oakland Hills in Michigan. Europe now has captured the cup seven of the past 10 times.

Lehman was heavily criticized by Europeans for being among those who charged onto the 17th green when Justin Leonard made the winning putt in Brookline, Mass., in 1999.

* SOCCER: Chelsea and Inter Milan qualified for the round of 16 of the Champions League; meantime, AC Milan and Barcelona moved to the brink of joining them.

But Arsenal stumbled again with a 1-1 home tie with Panathinaikos and has drawn three games in a row.

Chelsea advanced in Group H with a 1-0 victory at CSKA Moscow. Inter tied Valencia, 0-0.

"We defended like lions to go home with another clean sheet," said Chelsea Coach Jose Mourinho.

Arsenal got a penalty kick from Thierry Henry in the 16th minute. After Panathinaikos' Angelo Basinas missed a second-half penalty kick, Pascal Cygan, playing instead of the ill Sol Campbell, scored an own goal 16 minutes from the end.

American forward DaMarcus Beasley's goal lifted PSV Eindhoven to a 1-0 win over Norway's Rosenborg to keep the Dutch club atop the group.

* OLYMPICS: A break-in at Ireland's equestrian headquarters fueled talk of conspiracy following the theft of a doping sample from the Olympic show jumping champion, the country's only medal winner at the Athens Games.

"If you're asking me if this is your garden-variety type of burglary or something more sinister, I'd have to say it's the latter," said Avril Doyle, president of the Equestrian Federation of Ireland.

Waterford Crystal was one of four horses who tested positive for banned substances at the Games. The Irish federation said Waterford Crystal was given a sedative after a leg injury July 22. . . .

A prosecutor postponed a decision on whether to charge the two Greek sprinters who missed a doping test and withdrew from the Athens Olympics.

Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou also were involved in a suspicious motorcycle accident on the eve of the Aug. 13-29 Games. Both runners and Coach Christos Tsekos have said they did not stage the accident.

* AUTO RACING: NASCAR fined Nextel Cup driver Rusty Wallace $10,000 for intentionally hitting Ryan Newman's car as the field returned to pit lane after the Oct. 24 race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Wallace was angry with his Penske Racing South teammate after a run-in late in the race and bumped Newman's Dodge to show his disapproval.

After the race, Newman said his car was faster than Wallace's late in the race and he wasn't going to give anything away to his teammate.

* SKIING: Former downhill world champion Hannes Trinkl was critically injured in a logging accident in which police said he broke his legs. Trinkl, 36, was hurt in a forest near his home town of St. Pankraz, Austria, and was "lucky to survive," police added.

* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Purdue guard David Teague is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken right hand. He is the team's leading returning scorer from last year with 11.4 points per game.

-- From News Services

Tom Lehman, undefeated in singles play in three Ryder Cups, may be the 2006 team captain in Ireland.