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Soccer

FREEZZ GET DEFENSIVE: The Utah Freezz have re-signed two important members of their defense for the upcoming WISL season. Defender Brian Alba along with goalkeeper Stuart Dobson have each agreed to contracts for the 2000 season.

Alba was one of 10 local players on the Freezz roster last year, while Dobson, a native of England, was the only foreigner.

USA CUP: Three Utah teams will compete in the Schwan's USA Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament in Blaine, Minn. on July 16-22.

The boys' U-19 Northern United (Salt Lake City), the boys' U-15 Warriors (Ogden) and the boys' U-13 Layton Strikers (Layton) will participate in the 16th annual event featuring more than 10,000 players.

Baseball

MARLINS HEROICS: Florida outfielder Mark Smith pulled a man from a smoke-filled car on Sunday, hours after hitting two homers in the Marlins' 2-1 victory over the Montreal Expos.

Smith and Marlins pitcher Brad Penny were driving from Fort Lauderdale Airport following their flight from Montreal on Sunday night when they saw a car swerve off the highway, over a median and onto a grassy knoll.

Basketball

MASON ARRESTED: Charlotte Hornets forward Anthony Mason was arrested after he was accused of starting a riot and assaulting police in New Orleans' French Quarter on Monday night.

Mason, 33, of Charlotte, N.C., was arrested at about 10:15 p.m. EDT after he was sprayed with pepper by officers, police spokesman Joseph Narcisse said.

Cycling

TOUR DE FRANCE: Defending champion Lance Armstrong finished 64th, as part of the second pack, in the third stage of the Tour de France. He remained in second place, four seconds behind overall leader David Millar.

Laurent Jalabert of France was in third place and he closed the gap slightly, moving from 15 seconds to just six seconds behind the leader.

Hockey

SWEENEY SIGNS WITH BRUINS: Boston defenseman Don Sweeney, a 12-year veteran and the team's longest-tenured player, signed a three-year contract with the Bruins. Terms were not disclosed.

Sweeney, 33, was an unrestricted free agent. He has 44 goals and 180 assists for 224 career points in 832 regular-season games.

Golf

MARTIN APPEAL: With opposite opinions from two federal appeals courts on whether walking is an integral part of championship golf, the PGA Tour said it would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision that allows Casey Martin to ride in a cart.