UTAH SENIORS: Tie breakers were not good to Utah players Saturday in the National Senior Indoors at the Snowbird Canyon Racquet Club.
Jim Osborne and Mike Martines both lost. Osborne, head coach of the BYU men's tennis team, lost to No. 1 seeded Peter Bronson of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) and Martines, a local tennis pro, lost to Art Thomson of Englewood, Calif., 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3). Osborne was seeded No. 11 and Martines No. 4 in the men's 50 singles.
On Friday, Martines lost in the men's 45 singles to Ross Boling of Ocklawah, Fla., the No. 5 seed. Martines was seeded No. 11.
In the biggest upset thus far in the tournament Ales Matzenauer of Tacoma, Wash., the No. 8 seed, beat Wesley Jackson of Albuquerque, N.M., the No. 1 seed, 6-3, 6-3.
In semfinals today in the 45s Martzenauer will play Boling, and Steve Spratt of Fairfax, Va., will play Fred Robinson of Gastonia, N.C. Both matches are at 9 a.m.
In the 50s, Bronson will play Thomson and Jody Rush of Tumwater, Wash., will play Douglas Barrow of Bayside, N.Y. Both matches will be at 11 a.m.
The finals will be Monday at 9 a.m. for the 45s and 11 a.m. for the 50s. All matches are open to the public.
SAMPRAS WINS: Top-seeded Pete Sampras survived a rough second set to defeat John van Lottum of the Netherlands 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Sybase Open on Saturday.
Sampras, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, will meet the winner of the late semifinal match between Michael Chang and Andre Agassi for the championship today.
RAVENS INK HARBAUGH: Buffalo has its quarterback of the future in Rob Johnson. Baltimore got its quarterback for the present Saturday in Jim Harbaugh.
In the first two days of free agency '98, prime players like Robert Brooks (Green Bay), Todd Steussie (Minnesota), Eric Swann (Arizona) and Ken Harvey and Tre Johnson (Washington) have elected to stay put as teams use the extra $10 million in cap room from the new television contract to re-sign their own.
For with a couple of exceptions - like wide receiver Yancey Thigpen of Pittsburgh and defensive lineman John Randle of Minnesota - there weren't many free agents left who can immediately turn a team's fortunes. Thigpen signed Saturday with Tennessee, becoming the highest-paid receiver in NFL history and leaving Randle as the most desired player.
HOPE FOR HUNTER: The stories are bound in three-ring notebooks and sorted in the basement of Jim Kelly's home. They are individual tales of misery and prayers of hope.
They come by the thousands in letter form for Hunter James Kelly, the ailing son of the former Buffalo Bills quarterback. The two share a birthday, Valentine's Day. This marks Hunter's first birthday and possibly his last.
"You thank God every time you wake up in the morning and your son is there," Kelly said. "This is the most ultimate for me, sharing this special birthday with my son. You don't know if age 2 will be around."
Hunter Kelly has Krabbe's disease, a degenerative disorder of the nervous system that typically kills its victims in the first 13 months. He acquired the disease from a rare gene in both parents. Kelly and his wife, Jill, have a healthy daughter, 2-year-old Erin.
Since Hunter was diagnosed last August, the Kellys founded Hunter's Hope Foundation and raised nearly $2 million, including $500,000 from Kelly and another $500,000 from celebrities attending a fund-raiser in New York last month.
"Everybody everywhere knows about Krabbe's now," Kelly said. "Our No. 1 objective at the beginning was to raise awareness. I think we've done exactly what we wanted to do."
NO PAIN FOR RIJO: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jose Rijo, trying to come back after four elbow surgeries, threw for the first time at spring training Friday and felt no pain.
Rijo, who hasn't pitched in the majors since July 1995, didn't throw from the mound, but did several sets of long tosses. He threw about 25 pitches each from 45 feet, 90 feet and 100 feet.
INDIANS SIGN PEREZ: Veteran right-handed pitcher Melido Perez signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and was invited to spring training, the team said Saturday.
MASHBURN SURGERY: The Miami Heat should know by late afternoon how long it will be without Jamal Mashburn, who fractured his right thumb Friday against Detroit. In the best-case scenario, Mashburn would miss a month. In the worst case, he would be out for the rest of the season.
With Mashburn out indefinitely - and the Heat realizing it probably will lose Isaac Austin in free agency this summer - Miami will intensify efforts to acquire a proven scorer by Thursday's 4 p.m. deadline. But don't expect that player to be Sacramento's Mitch Richmond.
Although Riley said he would not abandon hopes to acquire Richmond, it's more likely the Heat now will explore trades for a veteran small forward. Several are believed to be available, including Phoenix's Cliff Robinson, George McCloud and Cedric Ceballos. Suns General Manager Bryan Colangelo confirmed he again is speaking to the Heat about a trade for Austin.
Other small forwards available via trade: Denver's LaPhonso Ellis, Dallas' Dennis Scott, Detroit's Malik Sealy, Houston's Mario Elie, Indiana's Derrick McKey, the Los Angeles Clippers' Lamond Murray, New Jersey's Kendall Gill and Sacramento's Billy Owens.