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AMERICAN LEGION: The annual American Legion state baseball tournament gets under way today at Oquirrh Park (5624 S. 4800 West) in Kearns. The Utah winner will advance to the Western Regionals in Las Vegas Aug. 18-21.

Games will be played on the north and south diamonds simultaneously. Today's south diamond games begin with Pleasant Grove vs. 3-time defending champion Taylorsville at 10:30 a.m., followed by Viewmont vs. West Jordan, 1:30 p.m.; Smithfield vs. Brighton, 4:30 p.m.; and Granite vs. Skyline at 7:30 p.m.

The north diamond games start at 11 a.m. with Brigham City vs. Hillcrest; Tooele vs. Layton, 2 p.m.; Cache Valley vs. Alta, 5 p.m.; and ending with St. George vs. Granger at 8 p.m.

The double-elimination tournament will conclude on Aug. 14.

MCGWIRE INURED: Mark McGwire had to leave Friday night's game between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners after suffering a lower back injury in the sixth inning.

DISARCINA OUT: The California Angels suffered a major setback Friday when they learned that All-Star shortstop Gary DiSarcina is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with a torn left thumb ligament.


SHOOTOUT: Golfers interested in making the Utah Shootout team for the matches against Arizona have two opportunities in upcoming UGA events.

The winner of the UGA Mid-Amateur will earn a spot on the team. Today is the deadline to enter the tourney that will be held at Eaglewood on Aug. 11-12. Also, the winner of the USGA Mid-Amateur Qualifier, held on Aug. 29 at Jeremy Ranch, will earn a spot on the Utah team.


WORLD TARGET: South Jordan's Denise Parker made it to her second match of the direct elimination round before losing to eventual silver medalist Barbara Menseng of Germany Friday at the 1995 World Target Championships in Jakarta, Inodnesia.

Jay Barrs of Salt Lake City enters the final round of the men's Olympic bow division in 27th place.


INFINITI OPEN: Second-seeded Michael Stich of Germany easily advanced to the semifinals of the Infiniti Open on Friday night in Los Angeles, beating Alexander Volkov of Russia 6-3, 6-2.

Stich will face Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland in Saturday's semifinals and No. 1 Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia will play No. 5 Thomas Enqvist of Sweden. Hlasek beat Patrick Rafter of Australia 6-7 (7-1), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5); Ivanisevic defeated Marcos Ondruska of South Africa 2-6, 6-1, 6-3; and Enqvist beat Michael Joyce 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.

TOSHIBA CLASSIC: Slowed by a strained left quadricep Friday, Marianne Werdel Witmeyer fell 6-2, 6-2 to France's Sandrine Testud in a quarterfinal match at the Toshiba Tennis Classic at Carlsbad, Calif.

Testud, ranked 62nd in the world, faces Lisa Raymond of Wayne, Pa. Raymond, ranked 22nd and seeded ninth, defeated 16th-seeded Gigi Fernandez of Aspen, Colo., 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the featured night match.

As expected, third-ranked Mary Pierce of France and No. 4 Conchita Martinez of Spain easily advanced to Saturday's semifinals. Pierce, seeded third, beat Australia's Rachel McQuillan 6-2, 6-4, and Martinez, seeded second, routed Sweden's Asa Carlsson 6-0, 6-1.

ZONE MEET: Colorado Springs Kelli O'Bryant and Matt Mullins from Las Vegas shared sectional sportsmanship honors at the United States Tennis Association Boys' and Girls' 16 Zone Team Championships Friday in Salt Lake.


PARMALAT CUP: Swedish international player Tomas Brolin put in a rebound to end a play he started in the 74th minute, giving UEFA Cup champion Parma a 2-1 victory over the United States Friday night in the opening game of the Parmalat Cup at East Rutherford, N.J.

The victory sends Parma to Sunday's championship game against Argentina's Boca Juniors or Benfica of Portugal, which played in the second game of the four-nation exhibition tournament later Friday.

Both the United States and Parma played without some of their big names. The United States was without most of its regular starters, having already been recalled to their European clubs.