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UTES VS. ASU IN MAUI: Utah, which lost to Kentucky in the NCAA title game, will face Arizona State in the opening round of the three-day Maui Invitational on Nov. 23, it was announced Wednesday.

Other first day match-ups include host Chaminade vs. Syracuse, Michigan vs. Clemson and Indiana vs. Kansas State.

ESPN and ESPN2 will televise three first-round games on Monday, both semifinal games on Tuesday and the championship game on Wednesday.

STAMPEDE GET NEW COACH: Russ Bergman, former coach of the Continental Basketball Association's Oklahoma City Cavalry, has been named head coach and director of basketball operations for the Idaho Stampede.

LAWSUIT WILL STAND: In Aberdeen, Miss., a federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a former junior college teacher who claims she was fired because she refused to change the grade of standout basketball player Dontae' Jones.

Peggy Wroten is seeking reinstatement to her job at Northeast Mississippi Community College and unspecified damages in the suit she brought in April 1997.


DEBERG THINKS HE CAN PLAY: For a 44-year-old, Steve DeBerg still thinks a lot of his ability to play quarterback in the NFL.

"I would bet I can be more productive this year than the two quarterbacks drafted first," he said. "The learning curve is so steep."

It remains to be seen whether the Atlanta Falcons' newly signed backup to Chris Chandler outperforms Peyton Manning of Indianapolis, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, or No. 2 Ryan Leaf of San Diego.

DeBerg, who last played five years ago with Tampa Bay and Miami, was signed to a one-year deal last week because of concerns that Mark Rypien might not play this season.

AGE DISCRIMINATION AT NOTRE DAME? The claims swirling around Notre Dame football this summer would probably make Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen cringe.

An age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former coach for one of football's most storied programs is expected to involve tales of player abuse and rules violations by Irish coach Bob Davie dating back 20 years.

The trial was to begin Thursday in U.S. District Court in Lafayette, 75 miles southwest of South Bend.

Joe Moore, 66, claims that Davie thought the offensive line coach was too old to coach and fired him after the 1996 season so that the Irish coach could hire somebody younger.

University lawyers were expected to argue that Moore abused his players and was dismissed not because of his age but because he was not a suitable representative for a program that has produced 11 national championships and the mystique of coach Rockne, the Four Horsemen and George Gipp.

Track & field

JOYNER-KERSEE'S FAREWELL MEET: Several top track and field athletes, including John Godina, Butch Reynolds, Charles Austin and Gail Devers, will compete at Jackie Joyner-Kersee's farewell meet in St. Louis.

Joyner-Kersee, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, four-time world champion and the world record-holder in the heptathlon, is quitting after the event, called "The U.S. Open - Track and Field's Farewell to JJK." The meet will be July 25 at Southern Illinois' Edwardsville campus.

BRITAIN'S SMITH INJURED: Britain's Steve Smith, the high jump bronze medalist at the 1996 Olympics, could be out of competition for a year after suffering a serious neck injury in training.


DESHIELDS OUT 3 WEEKS: St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Delino DeShields was expected to be out three weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right knee.

JAHA PLEADS GUILTY: Milwaukee Brewers first baseman John Jaha pleaded guilty Wednesday night to drunken driving and speeding charges in Elm Grove, a suburb of Milwaukee.

MARLINS DEAL: Amid reports that Florida Marlins president Don Smiley was close to lining up the financing needed to buy the team, a spokesman for owner Wayne Huizenga said Smiley has two weeks to complete the deal.


LOCH LOMOND TOURNEY: At Glasgow, Scotland, Ian Woosnam shot a 4-under-par 67 to take the lead after the first round at the Loch Lomond tournament, a tuneup for next week's British Open. Woosnam finished one shot ahead of Gary Orr, Costantino Rocca and David Howell.

Paul Broadhurst and Lee Westwood were two shots back at 69, with Stewart Cink and Robert Damron among those at 70, as only 11 players broke par.

Colin Montgomerie, seeking his first win on home soil, shot a 1 over 72 that included four birdies and five bogeys. Jose Maria Olazabal also had a 72. Defending champion Tom Lehman and U.S. amateur champ Matt Kuchar, playing in his first European tournament, finished at 73.


DON KING TRIAL: Defense lawyers for Don King demanded a mistrial after a juror admitted seeing a newspaper article suggesting the flamboyant boxing promoter could face a long prison term if convicted of insurance fraud.


SWEDISH OPEN: At Bastad, Sweden, defending champion Magnus Norman and Carlos Costa were upset in the second round of the Swedish Open. Norman, the No. 2 seed, lost to Jiri Novak 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Costa, the No. 8 seed, was beaten by Jerome Golmard 6-2, 6-4.

Top-seeded Magnus Gustafsson, chasing his fourth Swedish Open title, beat qualifier Markus Hipfl 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 to move into the quarterfinals. The only other seed to advance was No. 7 Dominik Hrbaty, who beat Marat Safin 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.

CZECH OPEN: At Prague, Czech Republic, just days after winning her first grand slam title at Wimbledon on Saturday, Jana Novotna beat Janette Husarova 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) in the first round of the Czech Open clay-court tournament.

SWISS OPEN: At Gstaad, Switzerland, Marcelo Rios, the world's No. 2 player, beat Marc Rosset 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Swiss Open. Also advancing were semi-retired Boris Becker, No. 4 seed Cedric Pioline, No. 6 Alberto Costa, No. 8 Nicolas Kiefer and Gustavo Kuerten.

HALL OF FAME TOURNEY: At Newport, R.I., second-seeded Mark Woodforde dropped a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 match to Laurence Tielman, one of four defeats by seeded players in the second round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

Auto racing

TODD BODINE FIRED: ISM Racing's difficult first season on the Winston Cup circuit has cost Todd Bodine his job.

The driver was fired Wednesday after failing to qualify for half of the first 16 races this year.


GRIZZLIES OWNERS RECEIVE HONOR: Utah Grizzlies owners David Elmore and Donna Tuttle have been named the winners of the Andy Mulligan Trophy as IHL executives of the year.

They received the award thanks to a unanimous vote by the IHL's board of governors.

This past season Elmore and Tuttle oversaw the successful migration of the Grizzlies from the Delta Center to the new E Center, where Utah averaged a record 8,446 fans in its inaugural year in West Valley City.

The Grizzlies have also had tremendous success in their first four seasons (three in Utah), having won two IHL championships and making the playoffs the other two years.