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Former Aggie arrested after conflict with policePITTSBURG, Calif. - Four police officers struggled to pin down former NFL and Utah State running back Altie Taylor after he kept a SWAT team outside his barricaded home for more than eight hours.

Police blasted Taylor with pepper spray, then handcuffed, arrested and ultimately jailed him Tuesday on suspicion of brandishing a firearm and resisting arrest, Sgt. Nick Baker said.

A neighbor said the incident was sparked when Taylor pointed a handgun at him during an argument about the neighbor's boat, which was parked near Taylor's home, Baker said.

Heisman winner signs 4-game contract with USBL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Charlie Ward, the Heisman Trophy winner passed over in the NFL draft, will sign a four-game contract with Jacksonville of the USBL. The Florida State quarterback-guard is expected to join the team May 16.

Boston's Viola will undergo surgery

BOSTON - Boston left-hander Frank Viola will undergo elbow surgery to repair muscles and a partially torn ligament. Viola, placed on the 60-day disabled list, had bone chips removed from the elbow in September.

Sutton, Kite share lead at BellSouth Classic

MARIETTA, Ga. - Hal Sutton and Tom Kite, who tied for second in last week's Houston Open, shot 6-under-par 66s to share the first-round lead in the BellSouth Classic. Craig Parry had a 67 on the Atlanta Country Club course.

Sampras, Courier named to Davis Cup team

PINEHURST, N.C. - Pete Sampras and Jim Courier were named to the U.S. Davis Cup team that will face the Netherlands in a second-round match in July. Captain Tom Gullikson has yet to name a doubles team.

Pitino's getting tired of NBA rumors

OMAHA, Neb. - Rick Pitino is growing weary of NBA rumors.

"It's happened to me in year two, year three, year four, year five and now entering year six," the Kentucky coach said Thursday night at the Boys Town Booster Banquet. "Sooner or later people are going to realize that I'm staying at Kentucky."

Pitino joked about asking NBA teams to hire Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson "so I can get rid of him."

Netherlands racer wins Tour DuPont first stage

WILMINGTON, Del. - Wiebren Veenstra of the Netherlands won the first stage of the Tour DuPont, completing 74 miles from Dover in 2 hours, 53 minutes, 14 seconds. Defending champion Raul Alcala of Mexico held a two-second lead over Britain's Malcolm Elliott in the overall standings.

Locally

SUU signs 6-7 swingman from New York

Aaron Morrison, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound swingman, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Southern Utah University for the 1994-95 season, coach Bill Evans announced Tuesday.

Morrison, who will graduate from Monroe (N.Y.) Community College this month, averaged 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game to lead Monroe to the NJCAA national tournament this spring.

BYU's McDowell earns WAC baseball honor

BYU shortstop Eric McDowell has been named WAC Eastern Division baseball player of the week. McDowell had four hits, six runs and 11 RBI in 14 at-bats last week, notching two grand slams in four games.

Weber distance runner honored by Big Sky

BOISE, Idaho - Weber State distance runner Chris Jones has been named the Big Sky Conference men's track athlete of the week.

Jones, a junior from Ogden, broke the 20-year-old Weber State record in the 10,000 meters in 29:26.80 at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia last week. It was the best time this spring in the Big Sky by two minutes and an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

Ski championships coming to Snowbasin in '95

OGDEN, Utah - The U.S. Ski Team has announced it will hold next year's U.S. National Alpine downhill and "Super G" championships at Snowbasin Ski Resort east of Ogden.

The race, scheduled for March 23-24, will require the resort to realign a proposed new ski lift on John Paul Peak to meet the requirements of the racecourse designer, Bernard Russi.

Y. volleyball player selected for Olympic Festival

BYU sophomore outside hitter Gale Oborn is one of 48 collegiate and high school players age 23 and under to be selected to play in the US Olympic Festival July 5-9 in St Louis, Missouri.

Oborn was chosen from among over 400 student-athletes who tried out for the four sectional squads that will play in the Olympic style competition this summer.

Roller hockey season is coming up

The Utah division of the United States Roller Hockey Association is gearing up for another 12-week season. Registration is being accepted through this weekend at USRHA sanctioned sites throughout northern Utah.

The season includes two weeks of practice and 10 weeks of games, followed by city and area championships. Competition is for both men and women, ages four through senior divisions.

All play is under the auspices of the Utah-based USRHA. For further information call the West Jordan roller rink at 567-9087.

Austrian coach to head U.S. women's ski team

PARK CITY, Utah - Herwig Demschar, the head coach of the powerful Austrian women's alpine ski team the past two seasons, has been was hired to succeed Paul Major as the U.S. women's head coach.

It marked the second alpine head coaching job given to a European. Major, U.S. women's head coach since 1988, selected Tomas Karlsson, a former women's head coach in Sweden for five years, as men's head coach.