An article in the Sept. 13 Sports section incorrectly stated that the television ratings from the men's final of the 2004 U.S. Open were a 3.1 with a 16 share. The share in 2004 was a 6. (Published 9/22/2005)

NFL Hall of Famer Larry Csonka was among six people plucked by helicopter from a stranded boat during a harrowing rescue in the Bering Sea, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Csonka, his partner and a film crew from his television show were not injured, but the boat was abandoned at sea, the Anchorage Daily News reported in Sunday's editions.

Csonka was part of a group returning from filming a hunting trip on an isolated island about 100 miles west of Unalaska on Wednesday when their 28-foot boat encountered bad weather.

"We might very well have died if we stayed out there. It was tense," Csonka, 58, told the newspaper Saturday in a phone interview from a hotel in Unalaska.

Csonka, a former fullback for the Miami Dolphins, runs Zonk! Productions, which films episodes for his outdoors TV show.

* TENNIS: Maria Sharapova regained her No. 1 ranking after reaching the U.S. Open semifinals, and Mary Pierce reentered the top 10 for the first time in more than four years.

Sharapova reached No. 1 for the first time on Aug. 22, bumping Lindsay Davenport from the top spot for the first time since October. But Davenport, who missed much of the summer with a back injury, went back to No. 1 the following week after winning at New Haven, Conn.

Among the men, Roger Federer, coming off his second straight U.S. Open title, remained No. 1. He is followed by Rafael Nadal, Marat Safin, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt. Andre Agassi, who lost to Federer in the final, is No. 6, advancing one spot. . . .

The ratings for Federer's win over Agassi in the men's final were up 100 percent from last year, which saw the lowest-rated championship match ever.

Federer's 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 victory over Agassi earned a 6.2 overnight rating with a 12 share for CBS. That's up from the 3.1 with a 16 that Federer's 2004 win over Hewitt received.

* WNBA: Connecticut Sun point guard Lindsay Whalen could miss the WNBA Finals after injuring her left knee Saturday in the Eastern Conference finals.

Whalen, who averaged 16.5 points through the first two rounds of the playoffs, has a small fracture in her left knee, team officials said. The Sun will open the best-of-five championship series at home tomorrow against the Sacramento Monarchs.

* BASEBALL: Jeffrey Deardorff and Benjamin Zobrist each drove in two runs to help the United States beat the Czech Republic, 7-3, giving the Americans a quarterfinal berth in the Baseball World Cup in Amsterdam.

-- From News Services