Originally created 09/15/03

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Tennis

Older Williams sister shot to death

In Compton, Calif., an older half-sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams was shot to death Sunday following a dispute in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said.

Yetunde Price, 31, was with a man in a sport utility vehicle shortly after midnight and "somehow they had become involved in a confrontation with the local residents," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Pena.

Sheriff's deputies searching for three people believed to be involved in the shooting surrounded a house in Compton at about 6 a.m., but it turned out to be empty. No arrests had been made.

Members of the Williams family were en route to California. Serena has been in Toronto to film a guest role in a cable TV drama series, and Venus was flying from New York.

Price was shot in the upper torso. Deputies on patrol heard the gunshots and found Price, who was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The man who had been with her in the SUV wasn't injured and was being interviewed by authorities, Pena said.

Neighbor Robert Miller, 49, said he heard about a dozen gunshots.

Football

Clarett wants to enter 2004 draft

Suspended Ohio State run-ning back Maurice Clarett has asked the NFL to change its rules and make him eligible for the 2004 NFL draft.

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Sunday that the league received a request last week from Clarett's lawyer, Alan C. Milstein.

Talgliabue told The Associated Press that a lawyer from his office would meet with a lawyer for Clarett to discuss the case, probably the week after next.

Last week, Clarett was suspended by Ohio State for at least one season for violating NCAA bylaws concerning benefits for athletes and for lying to investigators. Also, Ohio State is investigating charges that athletes received improper help in classes.

Clarett, who rushed for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns last season as Ohio State won the national championship, is in his second year at the school. Under NFL rules, he would not be eligible for the draft until his third year out of high school, which would be 2005.

Basketball

Lithuania claims European title

In Stockholm, Sweden, Lithuania won its third title at the European Basket-ball Championships on Sunday, defeating Spain 93-84 behind 21 points from Arvydas Macijauskas.

Italy earlier won an Olym-pic basketball berth by beating France 69-67 for the bronze medal when Tony Parker of the NBA champion San Anto-nio Spurs missed a layup with less than two seconds left.

Lithuania and Spain already qualified for the Olympics by winning semifinals Saturday. The Italians clinched the last remaining European slot for the Athens Games. Host Greece and world champion Serbia-Montenegro earned au-tomatic spots.

Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies had 36 points for Spain, which has never won the European title. Juan Carlos Navarro added 18 and Jorge Garbajosa 17.

Eurelijius Zukauskas scored 18 points for the winners, and Mindaugas Zukauskas played a strong role in double-teaming Gasol.

Track

White finishes fourth in 100 final

In Monte Carlo, Monaco, Kelli White finished fourth in the 100 meters Sun-day at the inaugural World Athletics Final, coming up short in her bid to become the World Athlete of the Year.

White, who tested positive for a stimulant at the World Championships in Paris, was timed in 11.08 seconds. The American needed to break her personal best of 10.85 and fin-ish in 10.77 to overtake South African high jumper Hestrie Cloete in the women's rank-ings.