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Baseball

LEGION NO-HITTER: Granite pitcher Brandon Vandermyde tossed a no-hitter in the Farmers' 3-2 American Legion victory over Park City Wednesday.

MCGWIRE PUT ON D.L.: St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire was placed on the disabled list for the first time since 1996 with a sore right knee. McGwire was put on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 7.

Hockey

MESSIER SIGNS WITH RANGERS: Mark Messier signed a two-year contract with the New York Rangers and resumed his role as captain of the team.

Messier, 39, the fourth-leading scorer in NHL history and first among active players, reportedly will earn $10 million-$11 million and even more if he meets bonus triggers.

He had 17 goals and 37 assists in 66 games last season for the Vancouver Canucks. In 21 NHL seasons, Messier, who captained the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup in 54 years in 1994, has 627 goals and 1,087 assists.

Tennis

DAVIS CUP: Defending champion Australia grabbed a 2-0 lead in its best-of-five Davis Cup semifinal against Brazil. Wimbledon finalist Pat Rafter defeated French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, and Lleyton Hewitt beat Fernando Meligeni 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

Softball

LARRY H. MILLER TOYOTA: Larry H. Miller Toyota men's major fastpitch team will play a series with the Canadian National Champion — Edmonton — and also, Saskatoon Steel Craft this weekend in Saskatoon. Miller Toyota (45-10) will be without Peter Meredith and Kyle Magnusson, because both players are with the Team USA in South Africa. Edmonton will be in the Pioneer Days Tournament, July 28, at the Cottonwood Complex, 13th East, 4300 South. Edmonton has veteran pitcher Dean Holien, and Saskatoon hurler Rob Schiller. Miller Toyota won the Seattle Invitational for the third straight season in its last road trip.

Colleges

UVSC TEAMS GO TO BRAZIL: Utah Valley State College will send two teams to Brazil for a slate of exhibition games this month. The men's basketball team and the women's volleyball team will play a series of contests starting July 15.

The basketball team, under the direction of head coach Jeff Reinert opens a schedule of eight games against South American club teams with a 4:00 PM contest Saturday at Palmeiras. The team will return to the States on July 25. In addition to playing in the eight games, the team will have the opportunity to experience the Brazilian culture and do some sight-seeing at the likes of Embu Park, Butanta Park, Guaruja and Santos Beaches, and the LDS Church Temple in Sao Paulo. Reinert has a pair of Brazilians, Vitor Goncalves, and Brenno Blassioli, on this year's team.

The UVSC women's volleyball team, under the direction of head coach Sam Atoa, will be making the same trip. The Wolverines open volleyball play on Monday and will engage in a total of seven matches against Brazilian club teams before returning to the States. Atoa has two Brazilians, Erica Aere and All-American Ale Domingos, on his team.