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U.S. defeats Norway at World hockey

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Pat Jablonski made 25 saves and Chris Imes and Jon Morris scored goals as the United States beat Norway 2-1 in the World Hockey Championships to improve to 2-0 in Pool B. In Pool A, Christian Pouget had two goals and an assist as France upset defending champion Canada 4-1.

Schulz may get Foreman rematch

NEW YORK - Axel Schulz, who lost a disputed decision to George Foreman on Saturday night, may get another shot at the IBF heavyweight title.

The New York Times reported that IBF chief Bob Lee expects the fight to be reviewed next week by a special committee after the German files a protest.

The panel will watch the tape of the fight, with no audio, and if the seven committee members decide the decision was unjust, Lee could order a rematch. If Foreman refused the order, he could be stripped of the title.

Sampras drops out with injury

MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Top-seeded Pete Sampras dropped out of his opening match at the Monte Carlo Open today after twisting his right ankle.

Sampras beat Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands 6-4 in the first set, and was chasing a ball at 1-1 in the second set when his foot caught on the clay.

Second seeded Boris Becker routed Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden, 6-3, 6-1, and third-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia easily advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Mark Woodforde.

Richard Fromberg of Australia upset defending champion Andrei Medvedev of Ukraine 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the opening round of the Monte Carlo Open.


Players cross picket lines of umpires

NEW YORK - Locked-out umpires gave players permission to cross their picket lines, and the season began with replacements for the second time in five years.

Union head Richie Phillips and management negotiator Robert Kheel traveled to Toronto for a hearing today before the Ontario Labor Relations Board. The umpires want to stop replacements from working games at the SkyDome, claiming provincial law against replacement workers should apply to the American League.

Umpires picketed the opener in Miami between Florida and Los Angeles and were scheduled to picket today in New York, Toronto and perhaps other sites.

Grissom signs deal with Braves

ATLANTA - Outfielder Marquis Grissom, acquired in a trade with Montreal on April 6, signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves for $4.9 million. He had a contract for $3.575 million last year.

NFL signings include McCoy, Hunter

- Former Utah quaterback Mike McCoy and former BYU tight end (and ocassional punter) Brad Hunter have signed free-agent contracts with the Denver Broncos. Contract information was not available.

- Former BYU running back Jamal Willis is reported to be working on a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers, but the 49ers haven't signed any free agents as of Wednesday morning.

- Former Utah State defensive back Donald Toomer signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals.

- Offensive tackle Trezelle Jenkins became the first of the 1995 first-round picks to sign when he agreed to a four-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Jenkins, a three-year starter at Michigan, was selected 31st on Saturday.

- Free agent receiver Don Beebe signed with the expansion Carolina Panthers. Beebe, 30, had a career-high 40 receptions for 527 yards and four touchdowns for Buffalo last season.

- Lorenzo White, Houston's rushing leader last season with 757 yards on 191 carries, signed with the Cleveland Browns.

Pistons fire Chaney, may hire Collins

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Don Chaney was fired as coach of the Detroit Pistons today, and Billy McKinney resigned as vice president of player operations.

Several published reports said former Chicago Bulls coach Doug Collins would replace Chaney.

The Pistons finished last in their division the past two seasons under Chaney. Chaney, who had a year left on his three-year, $1.8-million contract, has been offered a position to remain with the team, Wilson said in a written statement.

UCLA aide takes Murray State job

MURRAY, Ky. - Mark Gottfried, an assistant at national champion UCLA for seven years, was appointed coach at Murray State. Gottfried, 31, succeeds Scott Edgar, who took the Duquesne job earlier this month.

EWU hires Kansas State assistant

CHENEY, Wash. - Kansas State assistant Steve Aggers was hired as head coach at Eastern Washington. Aggers, 44, replaces John Wade, fired after going 34-98 in five seasons.

Gretzky still draws top NHL salary

TORONTO - Wayne Gretzky, who took a $2.3 million paycut this season, still drew the top salary in the NHL at $6,540,028, according to a survey compiled by the NHL Players Association and obtained by The Canadian Press.

The Los Angeles Kings superstar is just ahead of former teammate Mark Messier, who has a salary of $6,293,103 with the New York Rangers.

Owners paid out $451,075,227 for the season for an average of $682,413, which does does not include bonuses and other provisions.

America's Cup race postponed

SAN DIEGO - Dennis Conner's do-or-die America's Cup defender finals race with America3's Mighty Mary was posptoned because of light, shifty wind.

Conner's Stars & Stripes needs to beat Mighty Mary today to advance to the 29th America's Cup match against Team New Zealand. If Mighty Mary wins, the series will end in a three-way tie and Mighty Mary and PACT 95's Young America would then have a sudden-death sailoff to determine the defender.


Utahn wins bull rider competition

CASPER, Wyo. - Utah cowboy J.C. Sanders of West Haven scored a 90-point ride in overtime to win $10,000 first prizer at the Bull Riders Only in Casper Events Center Saturday and take over the 1995 Bull Riders Only standings through seven tour stops with $23,253 in earnings. Casper was Sanders' second BRO win. The Salt Lake Delta Center BRO stop is set for Aug. 26.