Carlos Moya had to wait out a rain delay of nearly eight hours before beating Gaston Gaudio, 6-3, 6-4, last night in the second round of the ATP Masters Cup Championships in Houston.

Top-seeded Roger Federer met Lleyton Hewitt in a late match.

Moya and Gaudio had to sit through persistent rain, thunderstorms and a tornado alert. Light sprinkles pelted the court as the match ended.

The victory gave Moya a 2-1 record in the Red Group of the tournament's round robin format. Gaudio dropped to 0-2.

The four players with the best round robin records from the two groups will play in Saturday's semifinals. The winners will meet Sunday for the championship. . . .

A judge in Compton, Calif., refused to dismiss the case against a man charged with murdering the half-sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.

Superior Court Judge Jack W. Morgan rejected the defense motion and ordered Robert Edward Maxfield back to court on Nov. 29 to determine whether his current attorney will continue with the case.

Yetunde Price, 31, was shot while riding through Compton in September 2003.

Prosecutors said Maxfield seized an assault weapon and fired 11 shots at the car driven by Price's boyfriend. Authorities say Aaron Michael Hammer, 25, has acknowledged firing about six shots.

State law allows a murder charge for taking part in a crime in which a person is killed by someone else.

A separate jury deadlocked 9-3 earlier this month in favor of acquitting Hammer of murder. He was ordered to return to court to determine if he will face trial again.

Maxfield's first trial ended with a mistrial last week after jurors said they were deadlocked. Both men face 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

* COURTS: Prosecutors dropped a marijuana possession charge against Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony, saying it would be tough to get a conviction after a friend claimed the drug was his, not Anthony's.

Anthony was charged with possessing less than one ounce of marijuana on Oct. 15 after a bag with the drug was found in his backpack as the team waited to board a flight to Milwaukee. Anthony said the drug belonged to a friend, James Cunningham. Cunningham signed an affidavit saying it was his. Anthony faced a fine of $100 but no jail time for the offense.

* GOLF: Tiger Woods criticized the PGA for selecting Tom Lehman as captain of the 2006 Ryder Cup team instead of close friend Mark O'Meara.

"I thought he should have been captain because of the heritage of where he's from," Woods said yesterday, the day before the start of the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Miyazaki, Japan. "He's Irish so it would have been a perfect fit for him to be Ryder Cup captain."

The next Ryder Cup matches will be played in Ireland.

Lehman was chosen U.S. captain a few weeks ago. Two weeks ago, Woods called the appointment a "good choice."

* BOBSLED: Mike Kohn of Chantilly was named to the U.S. men's World Cup team, which will be headed by Todd Hays, who drove to the four-man silver medal bobsled at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

They will be joined by Bill Schuffenhauer of Salt Lake City and Steve Mesler of Buffalo.

The first race in the World Cup season is scheduled for Nov. 27 in Winterberg, Germany.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: East Carolina football coach John Thompson resigned but will finish the season. The Pirates are 2-7, including 2-5 in Conference USA.

* BOXING: Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is expected to undergo a medical re-evaluation within the next few weeks in an attempt to lift a suspension imposed by the New York State Athletic Commission. The NYSAC suspended Holyfield, 42, indefinitely after he lost a unanimous 12-round decision to Larry Donald on Saturday. Holyfield has lost five of his last six bouts.

* SOCCER: Fans in Madrid taunted black players on England's team during Spain's 1-0 victory last night in an exhibition game.

Fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium made monkey sounds whenever Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole had the ball.

"It was very bad to hear," England Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said. "When you hear people doing it at players because of the color of their skin I am sorry to hear it."

The British government planned to take up the issue with the Spaniards.

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