Olin Browne made five straight birdies on his way to a 65 and a tie for the lead after two rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship yesterday in Norton, Mass.

Jeff Brehaut made an eagle on the par-5 No. 2, added four birdies and walked off with a 66 to match Browne at 9-under-par 133, his first time atop the leader board through 36 holes.

After making a 65 look easy in the first round, and on a gorgeous day in which 82 players broke par, Tiger Woods couldn't get anything right in his round of 73 that left him five shots behind. "I didn't hit it well. I didn't putt well. I didn't chip well," Woods said after failing to break par for the first time at TPC of Boston. "That was ugly today. But I'm still in the ballgame." . . .

Pat Hurst shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill., the final event before the United States faces Europe next week at Crooked Stick. . . .

Hale Irwin shot a 3-under 69 at Pebble Beach for a share of the second-round lead with Gil Morgan in the First Tee Open. The 60-year-old Irwin, the Champions Tour's career victory leader with 42, birdied the final two holes to match Morgan at 9-under 135. . . .

Retief Goosen shot a 1-under-par 71 and held the third-round lead at the China Masters in Beijing, with U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell a stroke behind.

* HURRICANE AFTERMATH: The Nashville Predators are offering the displaced New Orleans Hornets a chance to play 12 games this season in the NHL team's arena.

Hugh Lombardi, general manager of Gaylord Entertainment Center, said he has contacted the NBA about the offer. New Orleans Arena is next to the Superdome, and the NBA has informed teams the Hornets may relocate.

"We wanted to be sensitive to the whole issue and to see if we can help out if we could," Lombardi said. "And also, if we could get some home dates here, it would be great for the city of Nashville." . . .

The Detroit Pistons signed 26-year-old Maurice Evans to an offer sheet one day after signing Dale Davis to a two-year, $7 million deal.

* WNBA: In Seattle, Sheryl Swoopes scored 14 points and finished with a triple-double, and the Houston Comets beat the Storm, 75-58, to knock the defending WNBA champion out of the playoffs.

The Comets used a dominant inside game and solid defense to advance to the Western Conference finals against Sacramento. Swoopes added 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

* BASEBALL: Yuliesky Gourriel hit two home runs to lead eight-time defending champion Cuba past South Africa, 12-2, in the Baseball World Cup opener in Amsterdam.

In other Group A games, Panama beat South Korea, 5-3; China edged Brazil, 6-5, in 15 innings; and the Netherlands routed Sweden, 18-0.

In Group B, Taiwan beat the Czech Republic, 10-1; Australia edged Puerto Rico, 4-2; and Japan defeated Spain, 9-2.

* HOCKEY: In Hameenlinna, Finland, Jenny Potter scored twice to lead the United States past Sweden, 2-0, sending the Americans to the final of the women's Four Nations Cup against Canada for the fourth straight year.

Canada beat Finland, 6-1, earlier in its final round robin game. The gold medal game is today.

* BASKETBALL: Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa scored 18 points to lead Brazil to a 93-75 victory over the United States at the World Championship qualifying tournament in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

* COLLEGE SOCCER: Sophomore Stephen King scored a first-half hat trick and added another goal in the second half to lead the fourth-ranked Maryland men's team to a 7-0 season-opening victory over host Cal State Fullerton late Friday.

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South Africa's Retief Goosen watches his tee shot during 3rd-round play.