Jan-Michael Gambill pulled off the second shocker in two days at the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz., when he stunned Pete Sampras, the world's top-ranked player, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 last night.

About 24 hours earlier, 18-year-old Lleyton Hewitt of Australia upset two-time U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter, the world's No. 5 player.

Gambill handed Sampras his first loss of 1999 while winning for the first time in three matches against the player who has been ranked No. 1 in the world for a record six consecutive years.

Wild-card entry Goran Ivanisevic rode his big serve and experience into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over qualifier Hernan Gumy.

The left-handed Croat, who has led the ATP Tour in aces five of the past seven years, double-faulted eight times. But he held serve all the way and needed to break Gumy just once in each set to advance past the second round for the second time in as many appearances in this tournament.

In other early matches, Mark Woodforde of Australia defeated Francisco Clavet of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 and wild-card entry Justin Gimelstob beat Fernando Vicente, another Spaniard, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. -- Marc Rosset, showing the strain of playing seven consecutive tournaments, lost to Canada's Daniel Nestor 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in the second round of the Copenhagen Open in Denmark.




The Atlanta Falcons moved close to reaching contract terms with Danny Kanell, a move that would provide backup for quarterback Chris Chandler and reunite Kanell with coach Dan Reeves.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today that the two sides agreed to a two-year deal that would pay Kanell $2.5 million, and that the former Florida State star would receive a $1 million signing bonus.

"We've reached an agreement in principle on most things," general manager Harold Richardson said. "There are still some things to be worked out." He said a deal could be completed today.

Kanell, who played for Reeves with the New York Giants, was released by the New York Giants last month after they signed Kerry Collins.

The Falcons also reached a multiyear contract agreement with unrestricted free- agent cornerback Ronnie Bradford, who started 24 of the team's past 30 games. Terms were not disclosed. -- For years, the Chicago Bears have argued with the city and flirted with the suburbs. Now the football team says it is planning to stay in Chicago, at least for the time being. The club signed a letter of intent with the city to extend the team's five-year lease at Soldier Field. -- Tim Drevno, the running-backs coach at UNLV last season, will become the offensive-line coach at San Jose State, said Spartans head coach Dave Baldwin. Drevno was an offensive assistant coach at at Montana State from 1993-97. He replaces Bob Bostad, who left San Jose State to become an assistant coach at New Mexico.




Nobody is saying anything, but Turner Sports is putting the finishing touches on the first Winter Goodwill Games, apparently headed for Lake Placid, N.Y.

"It's the most talked-about, worst-kept secret going," a sports official who spoke on condition of anonymity said.

Goodwill Games spokeswoman Amy Phillips said organizers were finalizing a location, and that an official announcement wouldn't be made until next Thursday in New York.

The first winter edition of the Goodwill Games, an international sports event styled after the Olympics, is planned for February 2000. HORSE RACING: Silver Charm drew the inside post position and was made the 8-5 favorite for tomorrow's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap. Puerto Madero, who upset Silver Charm in the Donn Handicap on January 30 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., drew the fourth post position and is the 2-1 second choice. Silver Charm enters the race with 12 wins in 21 career starts and earnings of $6.68 million, making him the world's leading active money-earner. COLLEGE BASEBALL: Nine was the number of the day for host USF (9-7-1), which rolled to a 9-1 rout of Cal State Hayward (1-10). The Dons had nine hits and stole nine bases. MOTOR SPORTS: Formula One champion Mika Hakkinen smashed his new McLaren into a wall but walked away unharmed after posting a speedy lap in the opening practice for the Australian Grand Prix in Sydney. Hakkinen's crash allowed teammate David Coulthard to put up the fastest lap of the day on his last circuit.