The LPGA has hired former USA Today executive Carolyn Bivens to replace Ty Votaw as commissioner, making her the first woman to lead the women's golf association, according to an Internet report.

Bivens, 52, worked for USA Today from 1985 to 2000 in several key circulation and advertising positions. Her hiring will be officially announced tomorrow. Golfweek magazine reported the hiring on its Web site yesterday.

LPGA spokeswoman Connie Wilson said the LPGA Tour had no comment. She said there was no announcement scheduled.

Since 2000, Bivens has worked as president of Initiative, a company that offers advice on media strategy and planning.

* BOXING: Former WBC and IBF heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman of Baltimore will fight Monte Barrett at Chicago's United Center on Aug. 13, according to a statement from promoter Don King's production company.

Rahman, (40-5, 33 knockouts) is the WBC's top-ranked heavyweight. Barrett (31-3, 17 KOs) is ranked No. 2 after wins against Dominick Guinn last year and Owen Beck on Feb. 5.

* HIGH SCHOOLS: DuVal High School boys' basketball coach Artie Walker has been named the Lanham school's athletic director, Principal Thomas Anderson said. Walker replaces Carol Konrad, who is giving up coaching softball to concentrate on her teaching responsibilities, Anderson said. Walker still will coach basketball.

* PRO FOOTBALL: New Orleans Saints safety Dwight Smith will not face charges stemming from his March arrest for allegedly pulling a pellet gun on two fans who approached his car outside a fast-food restaurant in Tampa. The Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office opted not to bring charges, saying it could not determine if Smith was the person holding the gun.

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