Brian Vickers

won his second consecutive pole with a strong run yesterday through the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Vickers posted a lap of 93.678 m.p.h. in a Toyota to win his fourth pole of the season. He edged defending race winner Kyle Busch, who ran a lap at 93.415 m.p.h. to qualify second.

Marcos Ambrose qualified third to give Toyotas the top three qualifying spots.

The Camping World Truck series Copart 200 race scheduled for last night at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., was postponed by rain and is rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. today.

Formula One intends to sue the eight teams that announced plans for a rival series next season - the biggest crisis to engulf the sport since the championship began in 1950.

The governing body accused the Formula One Teams Association of "serious violations of law." The breakaway came after Ferrari, championship leader Brawn GP, and six other teams failed to resolve a dispute over the introduction of a budget cap for next season.

Jeremy Mayfield's next chance to have his indefinite drug suspension lifted will be at a July 1 hearing in federal court in Charlotte, N.C.

Mayfield has been suspended since May 9 for failing a random drug test. He sued 20 days later, and NASCAR moved the case to federal court a week after that.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame will open next May in Charlotte, N.C., after more than four years of construction.


Defending champion

Tamarine Tanasugarn

upset top-ranked

Dinara Safina

, 7-5, 7-5, in the semifinals of the Ordina Open in Den Bosch, Netherlands.

Tamarine, who beat Safina in last year's final, will play Belgian teenager Yanina Wickmayer today. Wickmayer defeated Francesca Schiavone, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3.

Pro football

Former NFL quarterback

Ryan Leaf

surrendered to Texas authorities in Canyon, Texas, to face burglary and drug-related charges.

Leaf's attorney, Bill Kelly, said Leaf turned himself in at the Randall County Jail, where the former No. 2 pick was indicted in May after coaching quarterbacks at West Texas A&M for three seasons. Kelly said Leaf posted $15,000 bail and headed back to Washington state.

San Diego drafted Leaf out of Washington State in 1998 and the Chargers released him after three disastrous seasons. He played part of one year for the Dallas Cowboys.

Former Cleveland Browns and Miami Hurricanes quarterback Bernie Kosar, 45, filed for bankruptcy protection in Miami. He retired from the NFL in 1996.

Kosar's Chapter 11 filing lists assets between $1 million and $10 million and liabilities of between $10 million and $50 million.

The disorderly conduct case against Buffalo Bills defensive back Donte Whitner in Cleveland was pushed back to July 31 but won't interfere with his preseason workouts.

Whitner appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court on allegations of trying to force his way past officers dealing with a crowd outside a nightclub in April. He is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Elsewhere. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed tight end David Johnson, their seventh-round draft pick out of Arkansas State, to a three-year contract.


St. Joseph's athletic director

Don DiJulia

received the Gary Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association in Orlando, Fla., during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention. It is the highest award presented by the association.

Australia's Wade Ormsby had a 1-stroke lead at 7-under-par 135 heading into weekend play in the European Tour's Saint Omer Open at Saint Omer Golf Club in Lumbres, France.

Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen plans to take Tour de France organizers to court Monday in Paris over their refusal to let him compete because of a second positive test for cocaine in less than year.

Jean Pascal won a unanimous decision over Adrian Diaconu, claiming the World Boxing Council light-heavyweight title at Montreal's Bell Centre.

Diaconu (26-1) lost in his first title defense, while Pascal won in his first fight since moving up to light-heavyweight.

Beijing Olympic organizers said they made a $176 million profit hosting last year's Summer Games.