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SUMMER BIATHLON: It's run-and-gun time at Soldier Hollow this weekend as the U.S. summer biathlon team trials are contested Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics biathlon venue.

Biathlon is more recognized as a winter sport, combining cross-country skiing with rifle marksmanship. The summer variation of the sport substitutes the skiing with running.

The three-day event will feature men's, women's, junior men's and junior women's races, with the top finishers in each category meeting pre-determined qualifying standards earning the chance to represent the United States at the world championships in Russia later this summer. The U.S. team can consist of a maximum of five men, five women, one junior man and one junior woman.

Races at Soldier Hollow will be 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Spectators are welcome all three days.


BOSOX, ROCKIES TRADE PLAYERS: The Boston Red Sox completed a seven-player trade with Colorado, receiving pitcher Rolando Arrojo and infielder Mike Lansing from the Rockies for second baseman Jeff Frye and demoted pitchers Brian Rose and John Wasdin.

Boston also acquired pitcher Rick Croushore and an undisclosed amount of cash. The Rockies also got minor league pitcher Jeff Taglienti.

DAAL GETS EXTENSION: A day after he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, pitcher Omar Daal agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract extension. Daal was 2-10 with a 7.22 ERA this season with the Arizona Diamondbacks.


JOHN DEERE CLASSIC: Paul Curry shot an 8-under-par 63 in the first round of the John Deere Classic, good enough for a two-stroke lead at the Tournament Players Club at Deere Run, which opened last month. Six players were tied for second at 65. John Daly was five shots back.

SENIOR BRITISH OPEN: Noel Ratcliffe shot a 4-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior British Open.

Hubert Green and John Bland were tied for second, a shot ahead of defending champion Christy O'Connor on the 6,614-yard Royal County Down course. Three-time winner Gary Player had a 76, and two-time champion Bob Charles shot a 75.


U.S WOMEN TIE NORWAY: Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm, Tiffeny Milbrett and Kristine Lilly were not in the starting lineup for the United States and it showed. The American stars were badly missing as Norway dominated the first half before a fluke own-goal by the hosts salvaged a 1-1 tie for the United States in a women's soccer exhibition game.


SMITH NAMED OLYPIC COACH: Former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Stan Smith was named coach of the U.S. Olympic men's tennis team after Davis Cup captain John McEnroe turned down the job. SHOT PUTTER TESTED POSITIVE FOR DRUGS: Olympic shot put hopeful Tressa Thompson admits she dropped out of the Olympic Trials last week after learning that she tested positive for drugs. The former All-American at Nebraska said she tested positive for cocaine, amphetamine and methamphetamine late last month at a meet in Portland, Ore.