The helmet that Robby Gordon threw at Michael Waltrip was temporarily pulled off the online auction site eBay yesterday after bidding exceeded $10 million.

The site ended the auction because it was unable to verify the legitimacy of the bids and because Gordon didn't have the proper documentation showing that he planned to donate the proceeds of the sale to charity, eBay spokesman Hani Durzy said.

The helmet was re-listed late last night with the assistance of AuctionCause, a company known for helping in fundraising efforts with experience in prequalifying bidders.

Gordon listed the helmet on eBay on Tuesday and planned to donate all proceeds to the Harrah's Employee Relief Fund, a charity designed to aid Harrah's employees affected by Hurricane Katrina. Bidding was spirited all day and the helmet was listed at more than $100,000.

By yesterday morning it had reached $8 million and Gordon's representatives began questioning the validity of the bids. By this time, eBay had also taken notice of the high amount of traffic and decided to end the auction.

Gordon threw the helmet at Waltrip after they were involved in an accident during Sunday's race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

* TENNIS: Serena Williams was upset in the second round of the China Open yesterday in Beijing, losing to unheralded Sun Tiantian, 6-2, 7-6 (9-7). Sun, ranked 127th in the world and fourth among Chinese players, took advantage of numerous errors by Williams, who said she was bothered by an ailing left knee. Williams, No. 9 in the world rankings, won last year's event and is very popular in China.

* AUTO RACING: Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced the racecourse will host the U.S. Grand Prix for the seventh consecutive year on July 2, 2006. The race was in jeopardy because only six drivers competed in the June 19 race after seven teams boycotted the event because of safety concerns.

* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: The George Washington women will play at least eight games against teams that advanced to last year's NCAA tournament. The schedule includes nonconference home games against Virginia (Nov. 18) and Tennessee (Dec. 7). (See schedule, E8.)

* WEIGHTLIFTING: Turkey has been banned from the world weightlifting championships for a series of doping violations, including threats to kill a drug-testing official.

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