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Golf

OPEN QUALIFYING: Former BYU golfer Richard Zokol will join ex-Cougars Keith Clearwater and Mike Weir in next week's U.S. Open after he qualified in a sectional qualifying at Cold Mountain G.C. in Bremerton, Wash.Zokol was one of three golfers who shot 142 in the qualifying. On the second playoff hole, Zokol birdied to gain one of two qualifying spots in the sectional along with Grant Masson.

Clearwater, who was a teammate of Zokol's on the BYU national championship team of 1981, stroked in a long birdie putt on the first playoff hole at Lakes Golf and Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, to gain a spot in the Open. Clearwater shot a two-round total of 140.

Weir easily qualified with a 136 total at Columbus where 27 players made it into the Open. Two local players who just missed qualifying were St. George's Jay Don Blake, who followed a 67 with a 75 Monday, and Provo's Mike Reid, who shot 69-75.

Other local players who failed in their qualifying bids were Heber's Joseph Summerhays in Atlanta and Salt Lake's Jon Wright in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Football

SIGNINGS, RELEASES: The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent cornerback Mark McMillian to a three-year contract, adding depth and experience to a secondary stung by big plays last season.

The Oakland Raiders signed cornerback and kick returner Darrien Gordon, whose career 13.2-yard punt return average. The six-year veteran played the past two years with the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.

Also, the Raiders released wide receiver and kick returner Desmond Howard, the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner from Michigan. Howard was the MVP of the Super Bowl in 1997 with Green Bay and signed with the Raiders that offseason.

Basketball

NBA INVESTIGATES MAVS: The NBA is investigating whether the Dallas Mavericks exceeded the salary cap in their attempts to re-sign forward Gary Trent.

League spokesman Chris Brienza confirmed the NBA is investigating whether Dallas should be held liable for salary-cap violations because coach and general manager Don Nelson arranged for Trent, his fiance, their infant son, Trent's parents and his fiancee's mother to spend a week at his Maui, Hawaii, vacation home last month.

LEWIS TRIAL: The cardiologist at the center of the malpractice suit stemming from the death of Boston Celtics captain Reggie Lewis gave a detailed account of the day he says the player privately confessed he was a cocaine user.

Hockey

LIGHTNING HIRE: Former Ottawa general manager Rick Dudley was hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning to oversee the team's rebuilding effort as Palace Sports and Entertainment's vice president of hockey operations.

Tennis

GERRY WEBER OPEN: In first-round matches at Halle, Germany, Daniel Vacek beat third-seeded Richard Krajicek 7-6 (8-6), 6-4; Sjeng Schalken ousted No. 8 Jerome Golmard 7-5, 6-0; Gianluca Pozzi routed No. 5 Felix Mantilla 6-2, 6-2; and No. 6 Tommy Haas defeated Guillaume Raoux 6-4, 7-5.

QUEENS CLUB: Boris Becker began tuning up for Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Petr Korda in the first round of the Queens Club tournament in London. Becker will next play defending champion and 15th-seeded Scott Draper, who beat qualifier Oren Motovassel 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (9-7).

In other matches, Todd Woodbridge beat Rogier Wassen 6-2, 6-1; Cecil Mamiit beat Axel Pretzsch 6-3, 6-4; No. 4 Mark Philippoussis defeated Michael Sell 6-4, 6-2; Jim Courier beat Kenneth Carlsen 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; No. 11 Cedric Pioline beat Mose Navarra 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-1; Michael Kohlmann got past No. 9 Thomas Enqvist 6-4, 6-4; and Peter Tramacchi topped No. 16 Fabrice Santoro 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

Swimming

SMITH DE BRUIN RETIRES: Olympic champion Michelle Smith de Bruin ended her swimming career, insisting she did not use drugs and hoping she did not disgrace her country. Her announcement came one day after the Irish swimmer lost her appeal of a four-year ban for manipulating a urine sample.

The Irish government, which once hailed Smith for the greatest Olympic performance by an Irish athlete, ruefully accepted the verdict. And Irish swim authorities are now considering stripping her of her national records.

Basketball

UVSC HOOPS SIGNEE: Utah Valley State College has landed a big-time prospect in 6-foot-6 forward Donnie Jackson of Phoenix's Shadow Mountain High. Jackson was all-region honorable mention and helped his 26-6 team averaging 15 points, nine boards.

Utah Summer Games

HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES: One of the nation's most accomplished high school coaches, a legendary BYU track and field coach, a celebrated soccer mentor and a premier player in the WNBA will be recognized with induction into the Utah Summer Games Hall of Honor on Thursday.

The induction banquet will be held in conjunction with Utah Summer Games opening ceremonies set for 8:30 p.m. in Eccles Coliseum at Southern Utah University.

Inductees include Natalie Williams, a former standout athlete at Taylorsville High School in Salt Lake City and a member of the WNBA's Utah Starzz; and Clarence Robison, a member of the 1948 U.S. Olympic Team and BYU track coach for 40 years.

Also, David Houle, a cross country/basketball/track coach at Orem's Mountain View High School with 46 state and 59 region titles in his 17-year tenure; and the late Boyd Sims, former vice president of the Utah Soccer Referee Association and Summer Gamessports coordinator.