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Surgery for James

Paul James, the long-time radio voice of the BYU football and basketball teams, was scheduled to undergo quintuple bypass heart surgery today at LDS Hospital.

James, who has called the Cougar action on KSL Radio for 32 years, had chest pains and an irregular heartbeat prior to Saturday's BYU-Utah game in Rice Stadium. The BYU team doctor and medical personnel from the U. came up to the press box to attend to him. The medics recommended he go to the hospital immediately to have tests run, but James, whose heartbeat had returned to normal, signed a waiver refusing service and stayed to broadcast the Cougars' 37-17 victory.

KSL representatives say James, 65, hopes to be back in the broadcast booth as soon as possible, maybe as early as next month. In the meantime, Greg Wrubell will handle the BYU play-by-play duties.

- Loren Jorgensen

Grizz to see Stars

The Utah Grizzlies are on a three-game win streak, but even if they make it four tonight when the Las Vegas Stars visit the Delta Center at 7, they won't quite be able to catch first-place Vegas in one game.

Coach Chris McSorley's Stars, who won one and lost in a shootout in a weekend home- and-home series with Houston, have a three-point lead over Utah in the Southwest Division of the IHL. With two points going to winners, the best the Grizz can do tonight is move within a point of the leaders. Las Vegas is 14-6-2-30 and 9-2-1 in its last 12 games. Utah, with the three-game win streak following a seven-game losing streak, is 13-10-1-27. Following tonight's game, the Grizz go on a quick two-game trip to Chicago and Kansas City and return in time to play at home Saturday.

- Linda Hamilton

IU's Smith goes pro

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana tailback Alex Smith, the Hoosiers' leading rusher this season with 1,248 yards, is passing up his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft

Smith, a fourth-year junior, announced his intention Monday.