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Basketball

RIDER SOUGHT: Hennepin County authorities issued an arrest warrant for Minnesota Timberwolves guard Isaiah Rider, accusing him of violating his probation stemming from a 1994 assault conviction. Minnesota, but said he did not know the basketball star's whereabouts.

HARRICK EXTENSION: Jim Harrick, who coached UCLA to its first NCAA basketball championship in 20 years last spring, has signed a new five-year contract that will take him through the 1999-2000 season.

Baseball

DAVIS FINED: Chili Davis of the California Angels, who four days ago slapped an innocent fan in the face in Milwaukee, was fined $5,000 by the American League and ordered to contribute that money to a children's charity.

It turned out that the fan Davis slapped was not the one heckling him, witnesses at County Stadium said.

Auto racing

BRICKYARD POLE: Jeff Gordon won the pole for Saturday's Brickyard 400 with a record lap.

Gordon, the popular winner of the inaugural NASCAR stock car race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last August, earned his series-leading eighth pole of the season with a speed of 172.536 mph.

Bobby Hamilton, driving Richard Petty's Pontiac Grand Prix, was second with a lap of 172.222.

Football

L.T. SUING: Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor has been cut from the starting lineup by a sports television show and is suing to get back in.

Taylor's lawyer, Anthony Giampapa, said he filed a lawsuit on July 28 in Superior Court against Turner Sports Inc., the Atlanta-based broadcaster of TNT's "Stadium Show." Taylor claims Turner Sports breached a two-year contract he signed last September by not giving him written notice of his termination until March 3. Giampapa said that was two days after the deadline both parties had to sever their ties under the contract's terms.

COURT BATTLE: The courtroom battle over 16 Washington Redskins who refused to pay their union dues came to an end this week when the Supreme Court of Virginia refused to hear the case. The commonwealth of Virginia operates under right-to-work laws.

CORNHUSKER ARRAIGNED: Nebraska wingback Riley Washington was arraigned in Lancaster County Court on charges of attempted second-degree murder and using a gun to commit a felony in connection with a shooting outside a convenience store.

TROJAN QUESTIONED: Keyshawn Johnson, a star receiver for Southern Cal, has been questioned by the Pacific-10 Conference regarding a possible NCAA violation.

Coach John Robinson said the possible violation occurred while Johnson was in junior college, and the player has fully cooperated.

The Houston Chronicle reported today the NCAA has obtained a tape of telephone conversations in which an agent disclosed he paid $1,200 to Johnson.

Tennis

DENIED BAIL: Peter Graf, the father of Steffi Graf, was denied bail and held in a prison hospital after being arrested for investigation of tax evasion in a probe that also targets the world's top-ranked women's tennis player, a prosecutor said.

INFINITI OPEN: Unseeded Michael Joyce beat third-seeded Jim Courier 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Infiniti Open.

In other action, Goran Ivanisevic took advantage of five double faults to beat Jim Grabb 6-4, 6-2 and advance to the quarterfinals.

In other second-round matches, No. 5 seed Thomas Enqvist of Sweden eliminated Cristiano Caratti of Italy 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) and Marcos Ondruska of South Africa beat Mark Philippoussis of Australia 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

TOSHIBA CLASSIC: Marianne Werdel Witmeyer, capitalizing on Arantxa Sanchez Vicario's strained hamstring, beat the world's No. 2 player 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 in the third round of the Toshiba Tennis Classic.

Mary Pierce of France also advanced with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Joannette Kruger of South Africa.

Soccer

U.S. WOMEN WIN: Mia Hamm scored two goals and set up two others, leading the United States past Australia 4-2 and setting up a Sunday showdown with world champion Norway for the U.S. Women's Cup.

Sunday's game at RFK Stadium in Washington will be a rematch of the World Cup semifinals in which Norway won 1-0 and went on to beat Germany in the final.

Local sports

WSU RADIO PACKAGE: Dutch Belnap, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Weber State University has announced the Department has signed an agreement with First National Broadcasting Corporation to broadcast the all WSU football and men's basketball games for the 1995-96 season.

First National operates local radio stations KSOS (800 AM) and KLZX . Brent Larson, President of First National, recently announced, subject to FCC approval, he has purchased Ogden radio station KLO (1430 AM). Larson said the agreement signed with Weber State allows First National to broadcast the games on KLO radio as well. Larson said he expects approval from the FCC by " . . . late September or early October."

The 1995 WSU football games are scheduled to be carried on KSOS (800 AM). When final approval is given for the completion of the sale, KLO (1430 AM) will carry the games as well.

LONG DRIVE CONTEST: Fourteen golfers, including two from Utah and two from England will compete in a district long drive contest Saturday at 11 a.m. at Golf In The Round (600 W. 3300 South).

The winner will advance to the RE/MAX North American Long Drive Championship Sept. 10-12, where the winner receives $30,000. The Utahns competing are Rich Cunningham and Scott Hansen.

U.S. AM QUALFIER: David Summerhays advanced to this month's U.S. Amateur by shooting a 141 at Oakridge Country Club. The 24-year-old who will be a senior on the Brigham Young golf team next year beat 17 other golfers including recent State Am champ Jason Wight, who finished second at 144 in the 36-hole event.

SOFTBALL TRYOUTS: Tryouts for the 1996 Pacers 14-under fastpitch softball team will be Wednesday at Vista Park 1950 West 4900 South at 6 p.m. Coaches are Ed Gullick 262-9790 or Larry Barnes 254-0887.

HORSESHOES: The Utah Horseshoe Pitching Championships will be held Aug. 17-19 on the Ballingham Courts at Rhomer Park in Washington Terrace.

The championships are free to spectators, but pitchers must be members of the Northern Utah Pitchers Association with participation in at least five tournaments this year. Doubles will be played Aug. 17 with state tournament competition Aug. 18-19.