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Basketball

NEW NOTRE DAME COACH: Notre Dame named the University of Delaware's Mike Brey as its new basketball coach, three days after Matt Doherty resigned to take over the University of North Carolina program.

Brey, 41, joins Notre Dame after leading the Blue Hens to their third straight 20-win season and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. His record at the school was 99-52 over five seasons.

MAGIC GET MCGRADY: Free agent Tracy McGrady, who was courted by three NBA teams in the past week, announced Friday he is choosing the Orlando Magic because he wants to play close to home.

"Not too many superstars get a chance to play at home, and I just saw myself taking advantage of it," McGrady said at a news conference at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex, where he works out.

The native of Auburndale, Fla., about 40 miles southwest of Orlando, will likely sign a six-year deal worth $67.5 million. NBA rules prohibit him from signing until Aug. 1.

McGrady averaged 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds last season with the Toronto Raptors.

He said free agent forward Grant Hill's commitment to the Magic earlier this month was a crucial factor in his decision.

JONES VISITS CHICAGO: Eddie Jones was all smiles Friday night after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the White Sox-Cardinals game. A small airplane hovering over Comiskey Park hauled a banner urging the free-agent swingman to sign with the Bulls.

"This is probably one of the top organizations I have ever dealt with," Jones said.

ROAD TRIP: 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 Sunday.

Football

ANDERSON SIGNED: University of Utah record-holding running back Mike Anderson signed a three-year contract with the Denver Broncos of the NFL on Friday, said Anderson's mother, Emily Copeland. Anderson was a sixth-round choice of the Broncos in the April NFL Draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Anderson will begin training camp Thursday at Greeley, Colo.

Anderson, who spent two seasons at Utah, set the school record for career rushing average at 102.4 yards per game and ran for a Las Vegas Bowl and school-record 254 yards in Utah's December 18 win over Fresno State in the bowl game. He was an All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection who finished second in MWC rushing average at 97.7 a game as a senior in 1999. He was third in MWC scoring at 6.6 points per game with 11 touchdowns.

UTES ARE RANKED: Football News has ranked the University of Utah football team No. 23 in its annual Preseason Top 25, released Friday. Utah, which is being picked by most publications to defend its 1999 Mountain West Conference championship, was also ranked in Athlon's annual preseason poll (No. 24).

MCBRIDE'S GOLF TOURNEY: Registration is open for Utah Football Coach Ron McBride's Kickoff Classic Golf Tournament. The tournament, which will raise money to purchase football camp scholarships for boys under 14 years of age, will be held at the Stonebridge Golf Club in West Valley City on Friday, August 4. Other festivities will include lunch, a raffle drawing, live and silent auctions. Call Bill Hall by July 28 at 581-8563 for more information.

SWANN BEGINS TOUR: The Chicago Bears, desperate for a pass rusher but leery of adding an injury-plagued player, put Eric Swann through drills and gave him a physical exam Friday.

Swann, 29, released by the Arizona Cardinals last week, arrived in Chicago on Thursday night on his tour of NFL teams interested in signing him for next season.

Carolina, Denver, Jacksonville and Baltimore are among the teams expressing interest.

Racquetball

WALSH NAMED TO U.S. TEAM: For the fourth time, Kristen Walsh was named to the United States Racquetball Association's U.S. National Junior Team. The 18-year-old recently graduated from Salt Lake City's Skyline High.

Softball

TEAM USA LOSES: It was by no means overpowering, but the Japanese pitching tandem of Nagmyoshi Miyahira and Akihito Ohgi stymied the USA Softball Men's National Team 2-0 Friday evening in the playoffs of the World Championship. Only two strikeouts were registered against the U.S., but the Japanese played flawless defense. With the outcome of the contest, Japan advances to the gold medal game, while the U.S. (7-2), guaranteed at least a bronze medal, must win a game this morning (6 a.m. EST) against either Canada or New Zealand for a chance at the title.

CANADIAN SERIES: 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 at 13th East, 4400 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.

Tennis

WIMBLEDON RATINGS: NBC's cumulative TV ratings from its 14 days of coverage of Wimbledon were the network's highest since 1992.

The network said Friday it had earned a 3.3 rating and 11 share for its 35 1/2 hours of telecasts — some live, some on tape — for an increase of 14 percent from last year.

About 33 million people watched all or part of NBC's coverage of the finals, which were won by Americans Pete Sampras and Venus Williams.

HALL OF FAME: Martina Navratilova, winner of more professional tennis championships than any player to swing a racquet, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame today.

MCENROE ADVANCES: John McEnroe advanced to the title match of the Quality Challenge senior tournament, where he will face Australia's Pat Cash in a battle of Wimbledon champions.

Horse racing

ALYDAR INVESTIGATION: Calumet President J.T. Lundy talked about killing Alydar to collect insurance money two months before the legendary racehorse's mysterious death, federal prosecutors say.

On Nov. 13, 1990, Calumet employees discovered Alydar frightened, covered with sweat and in considerable pain — his right hind leg shattered. The horse was put down and Calumet collected $20 million.