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WAC awards

METZ HONORED: Former University of Utah gymnast Suzanne Metz is the recipient of a 1994-95 Joe Kearney Award, honoring her as the Western Athletic Conference's female athlete of the year.

In its announcement Wednesday, the WAC honored former New Mexico quarterback Stoney Case as the male winner of the award. Other local nominees included BYU track athlete Tiffany Lott, BYU gymnast Darren Elg and Utah football player Luther Elliss.

The winners were selected by balloting from the conference's athletic directors and senior women's athletic directors.

Baseball

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Matt Campbell and Patrick Rooney combined on a four-hitter and both homered as Yorba Linda, Calif., defeated Toms River, N.J., 8-3 to advance to the U.S. final of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Yorba Linda will get a rematch with Spring, Texas, which beat the California team Tuesday. The international final will feature Taiwan against the Dominican Republic, which beat Saudi Arabia 11-1.

In games with no bearing on the championship, Taiwan hit five home runs, including three by Chih Hsiang Lin, in a 12-2 victory over Canada, and Arden Hills, Minn., beat Spring, which benched five starters, 12-1.

RIZZUTO STAYS RETIRED: After thinking it over for five days, Phil Rizzuto will stick by his decision to end his 39-year broadcasting career with the New York Yankees.

Rizzuto, a Hall of Fame shortstop with the Yankees, said last Friday he was quitting partly because WPIX-TV wouldn't let him attend former teammate Mickey Mantle's funeral in Dallas.

But he backed away from that statement, saying he had initially agreed with the station's decision to send broadcaster Bobby Murcer to represent WPIX at the funeral.

However, after watching Mantle's funeral on television, Rizzuto became so upset he had to leave the booth during a Yankees' telecast that night.

Tennis

PATHMARK CLASSIC: Top-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain was upset by Japan's Ai Sugiyama 3-6, 6-4, 4-6 in the second round of the Pathmark Classic.

HAMLET CUP: Third-seeded Marc Rosset of Switzerland, the 1993 champion, beat France's Arnaud Boetsch 6-2, 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals of the $328,000 Hamlet Cup.

CROATIA OPEN: Top-seeded Thomas Muster of Austria moved to the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Spain's Alejo Mancisidor.

Golf

U.S. AMATEUR: Defending champion Tiger Woods shot a 5-over-par 75 in the second round of stroke play in the U.S. Amateur Championship at Newport, R.I., six shots back of medalist Jerry Courville and two better than the cut.

Courville shot a 67 to finish at 3-under 137. Woods had a 36-hole total of 143. Christopher Tidland shot an even-par 70 and finished two rounds of qualifying at 138.

As for local players, David Summerhays (146) and Todd Pence (147) - both BYU golfers - missed the cut, as did Scott Hailes (152) of West Bountiful.

UTAH SECTIONALS: Henry White joined defending champion Kim Thompson atop the leaderboard Wednesday after the second round of the Smith's Utah Section Championship at Jeremy Country Club.

White and Thompson both stood at 8-under 136 going into Thursday morning's final round after White shot 70 and Thompson a 71. Jimmy Blair moved into contention with a 6-under 66 for a 138 total, while Milan Swilor is at 140 following a 68 Wedneday. The winner receives $10,000.

In the Senior Division, Kean Ridd took a whopping 10-stroke lead after a 66 put him at 136. John Evans stood second at 146, followed by Marlow Quick at 150. Ridd is not eligible for the $10,000 first prize because the seniors are playing from closer tees. The senior winner receives $1,500.

DESERET NEWS JUNIOR: Jared Shears won the boys' 15-17 division in the Deseret News Junior tournament played Wednesday at Glendale Golf Course. Shears and Sam Bateman both fired a 70 in regular play.

Andrew Zimmerman won the boys 13-14 division with a 75, Natalie Newren won the girls 13-14 division with a 91 and Jesica Gardner won the girls 15-17 with a 82.

College football

WEBER STATE SCRIMMAGE: Weber State's football team wraps up fall pre-season camp with a scrimmage 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in Wildcat Stadium. The public is invited to attend the 90-minute scrimmage; there is no admission charge.

"This scrimmage will give us a final look at some players who are on the border for starting berths and backup roles," said WSU head football coach Dave Arslanian.