Olympic wrestling champion Rulon Gardner lost a toe to frostbite after being stranded in the wilderness, impaled himself with an arrow and was involved in a serious motorcycle accident.

In his latest escape from death, he survived a plane crash over the weekend into the aptly named Good Hope Bay on the Utah-Arizona border.

"I think I'm really lucky," Gardner told CNN yesterday, "after everything I have been through."

Gardner and two Utah brothers were rescued by a fisherman Sunday after swimming more than an hour in 44-degree water and spending the night without shelter.

None suffered life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

· TENNIS:Roger Federer struggled to a first-round victory at the Dubai Open in the United Arab Emirates on the same day he broke Jimmy Connors's streak of consecutive weeks at No. 1.

Federer, who broke Connors's 30-year-old mark with his 161st week at the top of the ATP rankings, defeated Kristian Pless, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-3, for his career-best 37th straight victory. Federer's reign began on Feb. 2, 2004, after winning his second career Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

Connors set his record from July 1974 to August 1977. Federer is fifth on the all-time list of most overall weeks at No. 1. Pete Sampras leads with 286 weeks, followed by Ivan Lendl with 270, Connors with 268 and John McEnroe with 170. . . .

Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters will not play for Belgium in its Fed Cup match against the United States in April. Both second-ranked Henin and fourth-ranked Clijsters cited a busy schedule. The first-round match takes place April 21-22 in Delray Beach, Fla.

· FOOTBALL:Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre had minor ankle surgery and is expected to recover in time for offseason workouts. Favre, who plans to return for his 17th NFL season, has been bothered for several years by a buildup of bone spurs in his left ankle and had been putting off the procedure. . . .

George Preas, who won two NFL championships as a member of the offensive line of the Baltimore Colts, died on Saturday in Roanoke. He was 73.

Preas, who had Parkinson's disease, had been living in a nursing home. Preas, who went to Virginia Tech, played for the Colts from 1955 to '65. Baltimore beat the New York Giants for the NFL title in 1958 and 1959.

· BASEBALL:Ken Holtzman, Ron Blomberg and Art Shamsky are among the former major leaguers who will manage teams in the new six-team Israeli Baseball League, which starts play on June 24.

Tel Aviv, Bet Shemish, Modi'in, Ra'anana, Netanya and Petach Tikva were announced as the six clubs to play this summer in the inaugural season of the league. Former Boston Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette is the director of baseball operations.

· CYCLING:Germany's Jan Ullrich, 33, ended his cycling career but not the doping suspicions that surround the former Tour de France champion.

Ullrich, who won the Tour in 1997 and was runner-up five times, announced his retirement eight months after being implicated in a Spanish doping scandal.

Ullrich, who has been under investigation for months but has not been charged, said he will stay in the sport as a consultant for the Austrian-based Volksbank team.

-- From News Services