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Dudley heading back to courtPORTLAND, Ore. - Chris Dudley is headed back to court in another contract squabble with the NBA.

The center, who signed a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers last month, has been added to a case in New Jersey federal court that will decide whether one-year opt-out clauses are permissible in the league.

U.S. District Judge Dickinson Debevoise has scheduled a hearing Monday.

Hawks sign Manning, newspaper reports

PHOENIX - Former Atlanta Hawks star Danny Manning signed a one-year with the Phoenix Suns for $1 million, according to a newspaper report today.

Manning's agent, Ron Grinker, told The Phoenix Gazette that Manning signed Wednesday for $1 million, the slot available under the salary cap when the Suns traded center Mark West to Detroit last month.

Judge refuses to let Tyson out of prison

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 8 - A federal judge has refused to grant former boxing champion Mike Tyson's petition to be freed from prison.

Tyson is serving a six-year sentence for raping a beauty pageant contestant.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence to grant Tyson's petition for immediate release.

Twins' MacPhail offered position with Cubs

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Twins general manager Andy MacPhail was offered the chance to run the Chicago Cubs and was waiting for Twins owner Carl Pohlad's permission to take the job.

A source speaking on the condition of anonymity said the Tribune Co., which owns the Cubs, offered to make MacPhail president and chief executive officer of the team.

MacPhail built the Twins' World Series championship teams of 1987 and 1991. In the last week Pohlad has waffled about whether he would let MacPhail out of the final two years of his contract.

Seahawks president denies team will leave Seattle

SEATTLE - Seattle Seahawks president David Behring denies the Behring family will move the NFL franchise if it doesn't get an estimated $100 million in improvements in the Kingdome.

But the Behrings are reserving the right to change their minds about relocating the Seahawks if the club's demands about the Kingdome aren't met.

County officials said the Seahawks' asked-for renovations could cost more than $100 million. The Kingdome has been closed since July 19 after four acoustical ceiling tiles fell into the empty stands before a Seattle Mariners game.

Timberwolves' Rider given 2 years probation

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Timberwolves guard Isaiah Rider was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday after being found guilty of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a March altercation in a sports bar.

Rider was charged after authorities said he kicked a bar manager, knocked over tables and threw things in a dispute over his failure to appear for an autograph session at a Mall of America sports bar on March 12.

Suns restricted free agent Miller signs with Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Phoenix Suns center Oliver Miller, a restricted free-agent, signed an offer sheet from the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

The Suns have 15 days to match the offer to retain Miller. Terms of the contract weren't disclosed, but WDIV-TV reported that Miller agreed to a four-year, $10 million contract.

Miller averaged 9.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 69 games last season, his third in the NBA.

Miller would be the third center Detroit has added this off-season, having acquired Mark West from Phoenix and Eric Leckner from Philadelphia.

Former Aggie signs with Las Vegas of the CFL

LAS VEGAS - Aubrey Thompson, the former Utah State All-Big West tight end who spent much of the NFL preseason in the Chicago Bears' training camp, has signed with the Las Vegas Posse. The move reunites Thompson with his former USU quarterback, Anthony Calvillo. Thompson is listed with the Posse as a slotback.


Ute volleyball team to open Crimson Court era

Utah's volleyball team opens the Crimson Court era by hosting the Utah Classic on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10. Teams participating are the host Utes (1-3), Montana State (1-3), San Jose State (1-1) and Washington (2-2). The weekend's schedule: Fri., Sept. 9: Utah-Montana State, noon; Montana State-San Jose State, 4 p.m.; Utah-San Jose State 8 p.m. Sat., Sept 10: Montana State-Washington, noon; Utah-Washington, 4 p.m.

The Utes will open their new facility on Friday. After a $165,000 renovation, Utah will officially dedicate the Crimson Court before the 8 p.m. match against San Jose State.

Mountain View basketball coach resigns

Mountain View High School boys' basketball coach Kline Adams, who guided the Bruins to a region championship and a 47-20 record in three years at the helm, has resigned the position citing "personal reasons."

Adams will remain at the Orem school, where he has worked for the past 11 years, as a mathematics instructor.

His resignation as coach comes just two months before the start of practice. Assistant coach Rob Cuff is the leading candidate to fill the vacancy.

The Bruins, who won the gold medal at the Utah Summer Games, are expected to contend for the 5A state championship this year.

Veteran Brighton baseball coach steps down

Doug Howard, the former BYU baseball and basketball star and major league baseball player, has announced his retirement as Brighton High baseball coach. Howard had been the coach at the Cottonwood Heights school since 1978. He led the Bengals to the state tournament 13 times in his 16-year coaching career and to a state title in 1991.

Scheinblum wins Nike long-drive competition

PROVO - Monte Scheinblum outdrove four other Nike Tour professionals to win the Nike Utah Open long-drive competition at Riverside Country Club. Scheinblum's winning drive of 333 yards, 10 inches topped his nearest competitor by over four yards. David Jakson finished second with a drive of 329 yards, 5 inches.

Ruffner leaves Utah State hoop team

LOGAN - Bryon Ruffner, a 6-6 forward, has voluntarily left the Utah State basketball team, accoring to an announcement Wednesday by Aggie head coach Larry Eustachy. Ruffner has enrolled at Utah Valley State College in Orem.

Ruffner earned Big West Conference Freshmen of the Year honors in 1990-91 after averaging 8.8 points and 4.4 rebounds before going on an LDS church mission. He appeared in only four games last year for the Aggies before sitting out the remainder of the season with two herniated disks. The Provo native was granted a medical hardship and has three years of college eligibility remaining.

High school stars to play in tourney at SLCC

The Boys Fall Slam '94 Shootout, featuring top boys basketball players from Utah and surrounding states, will be held Oct. 14-15 at Salt Lake Community College. Each player will be evaluated for college potential by Van Coleman and the Futurestars staff. The Futurestars "Boys Fall Slam '94 Shootout Report" will be mailed to 500 colleges. Any interested boy basketball player from grades 8-12 this fall is invited to attend. Call the Futurestars Basketball Office at (800) 659-9522 or Lynn Moncur, assistant basketball coach at Brighton High, 561-7216 for details.