Leroy Burrell and Carl Lewis powered a U.S team to a world record of 37.67 seconds in the 400-meter relay yesterday in Zurich, Switzerland, beating the French team that had set the mark of 37.79 last year.
The U.S. squad included Mike Marsh, Burrell, Dennis Mitchell and Lewis.
Earlier, world-record holder Burrell beat Lewis for the third time in three races this year, winning the 100 meters in 10.04.
"I accelerated at 60 meters, felt no pressure from Carl, and was confident I could win," Burrell said. "Only the head wind kept me from going under 10 seconds."
Lewis, the Olympic and world champion, was second in 10.12 but remained confident of his chances at the World Championships, which will begin Aug. 24 in Tokyo.
"Leroy's running better than me now, but I've been there before and I know what I have to do," Lewis said. "I'll be ready."
Dennis Mitchell was third, .01 behind Lewis, for a 1-2-3 American finish.
* Nelson Mandela effectively ruled out the possibility of intervening in a dispute over South Africa's participation in the Tokyo world championships.
South Africa's Amateur Athletics Association is divided on the issue but voted against participation last month. It has until Aug. 14 to reconsider, and Mandela said the decision should be the association's alone.
Ivan Lendl, trying to salvage a season mostly lost to injury, breezed to a 6-1, 6-2 second-round victory over Patrick McEnroe in the ATP Championship in Mason, Ohio.
No. 2 Stefan Edberg, the defending champion, defeated Grant Stafford, 6-2, 6-0. No. 6 Guy Forget defeated Marcos Ondruska, 6-2, 6-2.
Fifth seed Andre Agassi had more difficulty with Petr Korda, winningr7-5, 2-6, 6-2.
* Top-seeded Gabriela Sabatini defeated 11th-seeded Helen Kelesi of Canada, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, in her third round match at the Players Challenge in Toronto. Third-seeded Jennifer Capriati had little trouble in her first match, beating Erika de Lone, 6-4, 6-0, in the second round.
Isiah Thomas may take a voluntary pay cut so the Detroit Pistons can afford to trade for Denver Nuggets forward Orlando Woolridge, Thomas' agent said.
If Thomas accepts the pay cut, the Pistons' payroll would drop below the $12.5 million NBA salary cap and the club could negotiate a more favorable contract with Woolridge. Thomas would be reimbursed later in his contract.
The Pistons have said for several weeks that they're interested in trading reserve forward Scott Hastings, whose salary is $450,000, for Woolridge, who is paid $850,000.
The cash-strapped America's Cup Organizing Committee received a significant boost when ACOC president Malin Burnham forgave repayment of a $2 million loan and an unidentified board member made a $500,000 loan.
The ACOC board of directors also decided to immediately pursue corporate sponsorships, a move it hoped to avoid for as long as possible so it wouldn't be competing with the two defense syndicates.
Burnham, a prominent San Diego businessman and close friend of defending America's Cup skipper Dennis Conner, forgave the loan he made during the 1988 America's Cup campaign.
After three days of fishing in the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, an Ocean City man stands to win as much as $287,000 for a 387-pound blue marlin caught Tuesday. Terry Layton, fishing aboard Insanity, battled the marlin for 7 1/2 hours.
Joe Sanchez Jr. of Baltimore leads his field with a 72 1/2 -pound white marlin caught aboard Osprey out of Norfolk, Va. If Sanchez's catch stands up, he stands to win as much as $193,000.
But the largest catch of the week has been a 640-pound Tiger shark caught by a fisherman named Dennis Killoran.
The tournament, which drew a record 232 boats this year and has a cash prize pool of $551,200, ends tomorrow.
North Stars center Neal Broten will play in Germany next year instead of signing with Minnesota, Ron Simon, the player's agent, said.
Simon had said earlier that Broten would play hockey in Berlin next season if Minnesota didn't meet his contract demands.
The free-agent center was reportedly seeking a $600,000 signing bonus and $600,000 guaranteed salary for each of the next four seasons. The North Stars were offering a reported $2 million over four years.
Bo Schembechler will return to college football this fall -- as a studio analyst for ABC's Saturday telecasts.
Schembechler's one-year deal with ABC, worth about $100,000, will begin Sept. 14 with the Michigan-Notre Dame telecast. On that and the following 11 Saturdays, he will join studio host Roger Twibell at halftime, before and after games.
He said he will continue to be president of the Detroit Tigers -- the other six days of the week.
Mark McDowell opened a 328-pin lead over Tony Westlake heading into the final round of qualifying in the $130,000 LaMode Classic in Green Bay, Wis.