Former Harlem Globetrotter and Olympian Lynette Woodard and retired Auburn coach Joe Ciampi are among six chosen for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

NAIA star Kelli Litsch, high school coach Edna Tarbutton, AAU all-American Dixie Woodall and Hunter Low, founder of the Kodak All-American team, also will be enshrined at the hall in June, officials announced yesterday.

The hall, which opened in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1999, recognizes players, coaches, referees and contributors to women's basketball.

"Our sport has so many tremendous people who have contributed to its growth, profile and credibility," said Texas Coach Jody Conradt, president of the hall's board of directors. "Certainly, this class of inductees has done the same."

Woodard was a Kodak All-American from 1978 to '81 at Kansas, where she scored 3,649 points in her career. She was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., in September.

Woodard was captain of the 1984 Olympic gold medal team and was the first woman to play for the Globetrotters. She played professionally in Italy and Japan before finishing her career in the WNBA with the Cleveland Rockers and Detroit Shock.

Ciampi retired in March after compiling a 568-203 record at Auburn over 25 years.

* SOCCER: Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy rekindled Manchester United's championship hopes with a 3-1 victory at Newcastle in an English Premier League match.

Rooney scored twice and van Nistelrooy returned from suspension and made a penalty kick, helping United advance to seventh place, 11 points behind first-place Chelsea. . . .

In Madrid, Brazilians Edu Schmidt and Ricardo Oliveira scored a goal each to help Real Betis top previously unbeaten FC Barcelona, 2-1, in the Spanish league. Barcelona (8-1-2) missed a chance to establish a club record for its best start to a season. . . .

The defending champion United States beat Russia, 4-1, behind Jessica Rostedt's two goals at the FIFA under-19 women's world championship in Bangkok. The United States (2-0) defeated South Korea, 3-0, in its opener.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: An audit of the University of Colorado's football program has begun in the wake of a sex-and-alcohol recruiting scandal found no evidence that escorts or strippers were hired to attract athletes. The audit, released Friday by the chancellor's office, also recommends that the university ban the use of private money for recruiting, a measure the school's athletic department implemented in August. . . .

Ohio State Athletic Director Andy Geiger is happy the NCAA is coming to the university's campus today to investigate allegations made by former Buckeyes star Maurice Clarett.

"I hope there is the most thorough investigation in the history of intercollegiate athletics, because this is so bogus I can't even characterize it," Geiger told reporters after Saturday's loss at Purdue.

In an interview with ESPN the Magazine released last week, Clarett accused Coach Jim Tressel, his staff and school boosters of arranging for him to get passing grades, cars and thousands of dollars from bogus summer jobs.

Geiger said many of the allegations were found to be baseless in investigations by the NCAA and the university.

* TENNIS: Serena Williams moved closer to salvaging her season with a 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 semifinal victory over Amelie Mauresmo in the WTA Championships in Los Angeles. Williams advanced to tonight's final against Maria Sharapova, the 17-year-old Russian who stunned Williams in the Wimbledon final.

* WINTER SPORTS: Jennifer Rodriguez of the United States won the 1,500-meter speedskating event, and Gianni Romme of the Netherlands captured the men's 5,000 at the season-opening meet in Hamar, Norway. Rodriguez held off Canada's Cindy Klassen by 0.33 of a second, winning in 1 minute 57.02 seconds. . . .

Dana Antal scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Canada held on for a 2-1 victory over the United States in the championship game of the Four Nations Cup international women's hockey tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y.

* GOLF: Colin Montgomerie held off Tiger Woods to win a one-day skins event on Cheju Island, South Korea. Montgomerie finished with nine skins worth $75,000, while Woods had five skins totaling $51,000.

-- From News Services