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BLITZZ SIGNEE: The Utah Blitzz signed goalkeeper Mike Littman on Wednesday for the remainder of the season. The 6-foot-2 220-pounder has played top-level soccer in the United States for the past 10 years, with his most recent team being the Orange County Wave of the A League.

FREEZZ OPEN HOUSE: For the second year in a row, the Utah Freezz will host an open house Saturday at the E Center at 11 a.m.

Admission is free.

Activities include autographs and games for the kids on the E Center turf as well as free hot dogs and drinks.

Around 1 p.m. the Freezz will host a scrimmage to give fans a chance to see the players.


KRAMER HONORED: An open house for retiring Bonneville Golf Course pro Dick Kramer was to be held from noon to 2 p.m. today at Bonneville Golf Course. On Monday, July 31, an open house will be held for retiring Glendale pro Tom Reese from noon to 2 p.m. at Glendale Golf Course. The public is invited to honor these two longtime pros and wish them a happy retirement.

U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN: Meg Mallon shot a 4-under-par 68 on the Merit Club course, taking a 1-stroke lead after the first round of the U.S. Women's Open. Karrie Webb, the No. 1 player in the world who's already won one major this season, closed with two birdies on her final three holes for a 69.

Fellow Australian Shani Waugh was also at 69. Juli Inkster, trying to become the first player to successfully defend two majors in the same year, finished with a 70.

B.C. OPEN: Esteban Toledo shot an 8-under-par 64 to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the British Columbia Open.


EVERETT SUSPENDED: Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Everett was suspended for 10 games and fined an undisclosed amount for twice bumping an umpire last weekend. The players' union immediately appealed the ruling.


KINGS' WILLIAMS SUSPENDED : Sacramento Kings point guard Jason Williams was suspended by the NBA for the first five games of next season for failing to comply with his drug treatment plan.


NFL TRANSACTIONS: First-round draft choice Plaxico Burress, a wide receiver from Michigan State, signed the richest rookie contract in Pittsburgh Steelers history, a five-year deal worth a minimum of $8.67 million, and, with fairly easy-to-obtain incentives, it could reach $14.34 million . . . The Cincinnati Bengals released wide receiver Carl Pickens, who set team records for career receptions and receiving touchdowns . . . The Seattle Seahawks signed rookie Shaun Alexander, a running back from Alabama who was the 19th player picked in April's NFL draft. Alexander got a $6.5 million, five-year contract . . . The Denver Broncos signed free-agent cornerback Terrell Buckley and wide receiver Andre Reed, who is second on the NFL's career receiving list with 941 catches for 13,095 yards and 86 touchdowns after 15 years with Buffalo . . . The Miami Dolphins signed Daryl Gardener to a seven-year extension worth $50 million, making him one of the richest defensive tackles in the NFL . . . The Baltimore Ravens reached agreement in principle on a one-year contract with tight end Ben Coates, team officials said. Coates caught 490 passes in nine years and made five Pro Bowls for the New England Patriots . . . The St. Louis Rams signed first-round draft pick Trung Canidate to a five-year contract.