Jamaica's

Usain Bolt

set the world record in the 100-meter dash last night with a time of 9.72 seconds at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York.

Bolt's time was two-hundredths of a second faster than the record held by his countryman,

Asafa Powell

.

The 6-foot-4 Bolt pulled away from American

Tyson Gay

about the halfway point, cruising to the finish. Gay finished in 9.85.

"Just coming here, knowing a lot of Jamaicans were here giving me their support, it meant a lot," said Bolt, 21. "I just wanted to give them what they wanted."

This marked the first time the record had been set in the United States since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, when

Donovan Bailey

ran a 9.84.

Pro football

The NFL Network reported that the Eagles, Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Dallas have expressed an interest in

Jason Taylor

, the six-time Pro Bowl defensive end for the Miami Dolphins.

Last week, Dolphins coach

Tony Sparano

said the 33-year-old Taylor was not expected to participate in any team-related activities, including training camp. Taylor's acting career and involvement with

Dancing With the Stars

had caused him to miss workouts.

Before the NFL draft, the Eagles said they were not interested in Taylor.

Colleges

Senior

Jesse Carlin

of Penn captured the women's 800 meters at the NCAA East Regional track and field championships in Tallahassee, Fla., winning in 2 minutes, 5.89 seconds.

Carlin was one of seven athletes from Big Five schools to qualify for the NCAA meet beginning June 11 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Villanova placed five in the NCAAs. Senior

Bobby Curtis

won the men's 5,000 meters in 14:06.01. Also making the grade were senior

Marco Radocaj

(fourth in the javelin at 224 feet, 10 inches), senior

Michael Kerrigan

(fifth in the 1,500 in 3:52.03), junior

Frances Koons

(third in the women's 5,000 in 16:15.44), and senior

Elizabeth Haglund

(third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:18.26).

La Salle's

Sean Quigley

, who took second to Curtis in 14:07.63, also qualified for the NCAA meet.

The Philadelphia University women's varsity eight, in its first year of competition, advanced to today's NCAA Division II final at the rowing championships in Gold River, Calif. The Rams will compete against Cal-San Diego, Western Washington and Dowling College.

The Rams' varsity eight includes coxswain

Magda Dzierzanowski

, and

Maria McDevitt

,

Briana Zelinski

,

Simone Kettell

,

Lillian Anderson

,

Maureen Agnew

,

Jenna Eishenhour

,

Lindsey Catov

and

Lauren Hendel

.

Brittany Rogers

hit a go-ahead bloop double in a four-run sixth inning as Alabama eliminated two-time defending softball champion Arizona with a 5-1 win at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Florida eliminated second-seeded UCLA with a 2-0 victory. The semifinals will feature fifth-seeded Texas A&M against the Seminoles (69-4), who knocked out Virginia Tech with a 2-0 victory earlier in the day, and Arizona State against Alabama, a 3-1 winner over Louisiana-Lafayette last night.

Kevin White

, who had been Notre Dame's athletic director, has left to become athletic director and vice president at Duke.

Auto racing

Marco Andretti

knocked

Graham Rahal

off the pole in qualifying for today's ABC Supply A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.

In 1992, the order was reversed when their fathers competed at New Hampshire Speedway:

Bobby Rahal

took the pole, and

Michael Andretti

was second.

Soccer

Midfielder

David Beckham

was designated as captain for England's exhibition game against host Trinidad and Tobago today in Port of Spain.