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FREEZZ LOSE: The Utah Freezz lost to the Arizona Thunder 5-4 in overtime Friday. They host Monterrey Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the E Center.


DINEEN RETIRES: Former Utah Grizzlies' defenseman Gord Dineen retired Thursday after 18 years as a professional hockey player. He will not leave the game entirely, though, as he's been hired by the Louisville Panthers of the American Hockey League as an assistant coach.

Dineen was traded to Chicago in March by the Grizzlies, who honored Dineen the year before by naming the franchise's defense award after him. He is the Grizzlies' all-time leader in games played (440), points by a defenseman (167) and assists by a defenseman (167). He'd been with the Grizzlies since their inception and was the player-coach when he was traded.

After being traded to the Wolves, Dineen and his new team went on to win the Turner Cup Championship. The 37-year-old has won a Stanley Cup ring and three Turner Cup rings in his career.


LEWIS FINED: Shocked by the $250,000 fine the NFL levied against him for obstructing justice in a murder case, Ray Lewis said Friday he plans to fight it.

"Yeah, I plan to appeal it and that's all I have to say about it," said Lewis, reached at his hotel before Friday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Lewis, an All-Pro linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, was originally charged with murder in the death of two men outside an Atlanta nightclub following a post-Super Bowl party last January. He ended his trial early by pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice.


WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN: Sweden's Sophie Gustafson birdied the final four holes to take a three-stroke lead over Juli Inkster after the second round of the Women's British Open.

Gustafson shot a 7-under-par 66 for a 10-under 136 total on the Royal Birkdale course. Inkster shot a 69, and Becky Iverson was another stroke back after her second straight 70.

Australia's Karrie Webb, the first-round leader after a 68, shot a 75 to drop seven strokes back.


DU MAURIER OPEN: Top players are all that's left in the $1.08 million event. In the semifinals, Serena Williams will play No. 7 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, and top-seeded Martina Hingis will face No. 3 Conchita Martinez.

RCA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Yevgeny Kafelnikov had no one to blame but himself. The second-seeded Russian double-faulted four times, twice in a first-set tiebreaker, in a 7-6 (4), 6-2 loss to Tim Henman on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the RCA Championships. Henman, the British star seeded seventh, advanced to Saturday's semifinals against third-seeded Marat Safin of Russia. Safin beat No. 12 Sebastien Grosjean of France 0-6, 6-3, 6-4. In the other semifinal, 19-year-old Australian Lleyton Hewitt, seeded fifth, will meet top-seeded Gustavo Kuerten.