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TOYOTA SKILLS CHALLENGE: Area amateurs will have an opportunity to be tested like the pros when the Toyota Golf Skills Challenge makes its inaugural stop in Utah Friday through Sunday at Meadow Brook Golf Course.

The winner will advance to the Toyota Golf Skills Tour Championship at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, Calif., Nov. 1.

Entry forms are available at participating area Toyota dealerships, Meadow Brook Golf Coruse or by calling 1-800-932-8337.

UGA GOLD CLUB AWARD: Bountiful Ridge golf pro Scott Whittaker has been selected to receive the UGA Gold Club Award, the highest award presented by the Utah Golf Association, at the annual meeting Oct. 15 at Alpine Country Club.


MICHIGAN PROBE: The University of Michigan is ready to announce results of an independent investigation into its men's basketball program. Findings will be forwarded to the NCAA, which can accept the report or pursue its own investigation.

BLAZERS HIRE MUSSELMAN: After quitting at South Alabama, Bill Musselman will return to the NBA as a Portland Trail Blazer assistant.

AGGIE SUSPENDED: Point guard Antoine Hubbard was suspended from New Mexico State's basketball team after being accused of domestic violence for the second time in two weeks.


REDS' MOVES: The Cincinnati Reds will not exercise the 1998 options on the contracts of first baseman Hal Morris and pitchers Kent Mercker and Mike Morgan.


WARRANT FOR `BAM': An arrest warrant was issued in Rockwell, Texas, for Baltimore Ravens running back Bam Morris as part of an attempt to revoke his 10-year probation on a 1996 drug conviction.

DOLPHINS GRAB PERRIMAN: The Miami Dolphins signed wide receiver Brett Perriman.


U.S. VS. RUSSIA: The United States and Russia will meet in 1998's first round in World Group play. Sweden will face Slovakia for the first round in 1998.