The Indy Racing League delivered on its promise of a record payoff for the Indianapolis 500.

Scott Dixon,

who won the race Sunday, took home a record prize of $2,988,065 at the annual victory dinner last night.

That easily surpassed the former record payout of $1.76 million to

Buddy Rice

in 2004, and the total purse of $14.4 million broke the record of $10.7 million handed out last year.


Vitor Meira

won $1.27 million and

Marco Andretti

took home $782,065 for third place. Both were records.


Vijay Singh

withdrew from the Memorial because of a rib injury suffered last week, and

Ernie Els

said on his Web site that he wouldn't be playing, either.

Tiger Woods,

recovering from April 15 surgery on his left knee, did not enter the event.

Sean O'Hair,

the PGA Tour pro from West Chester, has received a full exemption into the field for next month's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego. O'Hair ranks 34th in the official World Golf Rankings, earning exempt status for being in the top 50.


Miami is the top seed in the 64-team field for the NCAA Division I baseball tournament, but Oregon State, the two-time defending champion, was left out.

The Hurricanes (47-8), making their record 36th straight tournament appearance, will host one of the eight regionals beginning Friday.


Somdev Devvarman

became the fourth player in the last 50 years to win back-to-back NCAA men's singles championships when he beat Tennessee freshman

J.P. Smith

, 6-3, 6-2, in Tulsa, Okla.

Georgia Tech's

Amanda McDowell

defeated 2005 champion

Zuzana Zemenova

, 6-2, 6-3, to win the women's singles title.

Florida Atlantic will give

Mike Jarvis

a four-year contract as men's head basketball coach today, according to several news reports. Jarvis, who has not coached in college since he was fired by St. John's in December 2003, will replace former 76er

Rex Walters,

who left to take over at San Francisco.


Gregory Echenique

of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., has signed a letter of intent to play for the Rutgers men's basketball team. Coach

Fred Hill

also said forward

Jonathan Mitchell,

who was named Mr. New York Basketball in 2006, would transfer to Rutgers from Florida.


Leslie Osborne,

a midfielder on the U.S. women's team, will miss the Olympics after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. according to the U.S. Soccer Federation. She will have surgery next week.

Elsewhere: Cristiano Ronaldo

said he would announce within two weeks whether he would move to Real Madrid next season or stay with European Champions League winner Manchester United. . . . Iraq was suspended from international competition for one year by FIFA's executive committee because of the decision by its government to disband all national sports governing bodies.



Kerri Walsh


Misty May-Treanor

won their fourth Association of Volleyball Professionals title of the season in Louisville, Ky., with a 21-14, 21-11 victory over

Annett Davis


Jenny Johnson Jordan

to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.

Phil Dalhasser


Todd Rogers


John Hyden


Brad Keenan

, 22-20, 17-21 and 15-13, also qualifying for the Games.


Megan Gibson

of Texas A&M is among three finalists for USA Softball's collegiate player of the year award. Gibson (38-1) was the first-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Force of the National Pro Fastpitch League.