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Playoff tickets on sale

Tickets for the first two Utah Jazz playoff games went on sale this morning at the Delta Center ticket office and SmithTix locations.

The Jazz have the homecourt advantage in the best-of-five first-round matchup. The Jazz's opponent won't be determined until the end of this week, but the first two games at the Delta Center will be either Thursday and Saturday, April 27 and 29, or Friday and Sunday, April 28 and 30.

Also, the starting time for Sunday's Jazz-Rockets game has been changed to 4 p.m., with the game to be televised on KJZZ-TV.

Invitation a hoax

Eddie DeBartolo will be there. So will Ronnie Lott, Dwight Clark and a lot of the other San Francisco 49ers who helped Joe Montana bring San Francisco four titles.

But Steve Young, who thought he would be at Montana's retirement party, won't be there.

It turns out that the person who invited him wasn't Montana' agent, Peter Johnson, but an unidentified 49er, adding a bit of mischief to the much ballyhooed event and ruffling the somewhat stiff feathers of the International Management Group.

"I didn't call Steve, it was all a hoax," Johnson said Monday night after IMG's public relations consultants denied he had issued an invitation to Young.

See story on Page D2.

Defender finals tied

SAN DIEGO - America3's Mighty Mary ended Dennis Conner's three-race winning streak to forge a three-way tie in the America's Cup defender finals.

Mighty Mary, which had lost two straight races, beat Stars & Stripes by 41 seconds. Halfway through the 12-race series, Mighty Mary, Stars & Stripes and Young America have three points apiece.

In the challanger finals, Team New Zealand's Black Magic 1 beat John Bertrand's oneAustralia to take a 4-1 lead in the best-of-9 series.

COMING EVENTS

Today: Jazz at Timberwolves, KJZZ, 6 p.m.; Canadians at Buzz, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Rockets at Jazz, PSN, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Buzz at Canadians, 7 p.m.

TV HIGHLIGHTS

NHL hockey: Rangers at Penguins, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.

NBA basketball: Jazz at Timberwolves, Ch. 14, 6 p.m.

Boxing: Mathis-Garcia (heavyweights), USA, 7 p.m.