The Washington Capitals signed 2004 draft pick Chris Bourque, the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, to a three-year contract yesterday.

Bourque, selected 33rd overall, likely will play for the Hershey (Pa.) Bears, the Capitals' AHL affiliate, next season.

The 5-foot-7, 170-pound center-left wing spent the 2004-05 season playing for Boston University, where he recorded 10 goals, 13 assists and 50 penalty minutes in 35 games. In March, Bourque, 19, left the Terriers and signed an amateur tryout contract with the AHL's Portland Pirates. In his Pirates debut, he scored the game-winner in overtime.

The Capitals also re-signed minor league defenseman Dwayne Zinger.

* GOLF: Tiger Woods only needed three players to make bogey on the final hole of the PGA Championship to get into a playoff, and it's a good thing that didn't happen.

He had already left New Jersey for his home in Florida.

Woods said he didn't bother sticking around Baltusrol for the final four holes, even though he was the clubhouse leader with a slim chance of finishing in a tie for the lead. Had that been the case, there would have been a three-hole playoff Monday morning, with Woods nowhere in sight. "These are the best players in the world," Woods said. "If you have guys who had never been there before, then it might have been a different story."

* BOXING: The welterweight title bout between Takoma Park's Sharmba Mitchell and reigning champ Zab Judah, originally scheduled for Sept. 3, has been scratched after the parties could not come to contractual terms.

Mitchell's management said the fighter is pursuing other options. . . .

The opening ceremony and preliminary rounds for the 2005 Mayor's Cup Invitational Amateur Boxing Tournament will take place tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Kennedy Recreation Center, Seventh and P streets NW.

The championship matches will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The tournament will include Washington area amateur boxers -- girls and boys -- between the ages of 8 and 16. Admission to both the preliminary rounds and championship matches is free.

* BASKETBALL: Henry Bibby's tenure as coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks ended after just 28 games.

Sparks President Johnny Buss issued a statement saying Bibby would no longer coach the team, although Buss said his preference was to not call it a dismissal.

The team said late yesterday that Joe Bryant, father of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, would take over as coach. . . .

Cheyenne Moore, a native of Baltimore who played one basketball season at Clemson, has committed to play for George Washington, according to Moore, a 6-foot-5 swingman, started 17 games for Clemson as a freshman last season, averaging 6.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per game.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports

Chris Bourque (21), shown here playing in a junior event for USA Hockey, has a three-year deal.