RIZZUTO QUITS: Phil Rizzuto, a Yankees broadcaster for 39 years, a member of the Hall of Fame and perhaps the most popular announcer in New York, said Friday he has quit his job.
Rizzuto, 77, decided to resign after he missed the funeral of Mickey Mantle in Texas on Tuesday. At the behest of station executives at WPIX-TV, Rizzuto stayed in Boston and broadcast the Yankees-Red Sox game.
He left the booth after five innings, too distraught to continue, and left the stadium.
"After I saw the funeral on television, I said `This is terrible. I'll never be able to make up for that. If I had a little more get-up-and-go, I would have just gone on down to the funeral and let the chips fall where they may.
"I think I've definitely made up my mind, even though everybody keeps telling me I can't do this," Rizzuto said.
MANTLE FRENZY: In the days following their hero's death, collectors of memorabilia are trying to buy anything Mickey Mantle.
Dealers have reported record sales since Mantle's death Sunday at age 63 from liver cancer. One of the most stunning was the more than $500,000 in Mantle merchandise sold between Friday and Monday by Upper Deck Authenticated.
The most expensive keepsakes include Mantle's autograph. Items graced with his distinctive signature marked by two looping Ms now cost up to three times more than just days ago.
WORLD GAMES: All-America volleyball player Charlene Johnson, a senior on last year's BYU squad, has been named to the 1995 USA World University Games team. Johnson, who will be an undergraduate assistant for the Cougars this year while she finishes her education, will join 15 other top stars on the team that will take on the world in Fukuoka, Japan, Aug. 22-Sept. 3.
BULL RIDERS ONLY: Salt Lake City is the 11th of 17 stops on the Bull Riders Only tour this season, but it is also the second leg of the three-competition $1 Million Triple Crown of BRO.
J.C. Sanders won the first leg of the Triple Crown in March in Long Beach, Calif., and if he wins both the Salt Lake leg on Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Delta Center and the third leg, at Greensboro, N.C., he'll take the pot. If no rider qualifies for the $1 million, BRO will pay $30,000 to the rider with the highest average score.
Bull Riders Only competitions feature cowboys advancing through three rounds each night on some of the world's best bucking bulls toward the site's championship and a $25,000 payout. BRO begins at 7:30 p.m. The world championship is on Oct. 14 in Denver.
Tickets are available at the Delta Center box office and all Smith'sTix outlets at $10, $15 and $20. Half-price tickets for children under 12 are available on most seats. Charge-by-phone tickets are available at (801) 467-5996 and 1-800-888-TIXX.
PLAYER STABBED: Cleveland State basketball standout Jamal Jackson, 22, was fatally stabbed Friday morning, hours before he was due back on campus.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for an unidentified suspect but had made no arrests by Friday evening.
PETERSON SIGNS: Salt Lake Community College point guard Brandon Peterson has signed a national letter of intent with the University of South Alabama. The 6-foot-4 standout will play for former NBA coach Bill Musselman.
HACKMEISTER HONORED: The International Softball Congress governing board elected Ken Hackmeister to the ISC Hall Of Fame Wednesday night.
Hackmeister, 54, Bountiful, became only the fourth Utahn to be elected to the ISC Hall Of Fame.
BROWN'S FIGHT: Brown University refuses to comply with a judge's order that it create four new women's varsity sports to remedy a sexual discrimination case.
President Vartan Gregorian said the school will press on with its appeal of District Court Judge Raymond Pettine's finding in March that Brown violated federal law by cutting women's volleyball and gymnastics teams.