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THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP: At Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Jerry Kelly, playing before the whipping wind, began to terrorize the Stadium Course, shot a 6-under-par 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Paul Azinger in The Players Championship.

NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP: At Rancho Mirage, Calif., Pat Hurst, playing a course that holds a special place in her career, shot a 4-under 68 to take the midway lead in the Nabisco Championship.

Her 138 total gave her a one-shot lead over Carin Koch, who played nearly flawlessly in shooting a 69.

EMERALD COAST CLASSIC: At Milton, Fla., John Schroeder, winless in six seasons on the Senior PGA Tour, shot a 5-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Emerald Coast Classic.

Mike Smith was a stroke back, and Gary Players, Bobby Walzel, Mike McCullough and Andy North opened with 67s on The Moors course.


NIT UPDATE: Kenny Walker scored 24 points and Erwin Dudley had 20 points and 16 rebounds as Alabama advanced to the National Invitation Tournament semifinals with an 85-77 double-overtime win over Purdue on Friday night.

Alabama will play Detroit on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Alabama lost to Tulane in the 1996 NIT championship game.

Brigham Young

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The top-ranked BYU team came up lucky against sixth-ranked Long Beach State on Friday, downing the 49ers, 3-1 (30-27, 30-28, 21-30, 30-28) in MPSF action. The Cougars improved to 15-1, 9-1, while Long Beach State fell to 12-4, 7-3 on the season.

MEN'S TENNIS: After winning eight straight matches, the BYU team let a victory over the defending Mountain West Conference champion New Mexico Lobos slip away on Friday afternoon, losing the last three matches to fall 4-3.

BASEBALL: First place slipped away from BYU's baseball team as the Air Force Academy rallied Friday for a 15-11 victory. The Cougars, now 14-12 overall and 5-3 in the Mountain West Conference, let leads of 1-0, 6-2 and 10-8 vanish.

Weber State

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Weber State's goalkeeper Meagan Thunell was recently named to the Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-American At-Large District VIII Second Team for her scholastic accomplishments.

MEN'S TENNIS: Weber State defeated Albertson College of Idaho today at Boise State 6-1 to end a 10 loss losing streak. Albertson's No. 2 player Dan Lemmon defeated Daniel Salvato of Weber State 6-4,6-1 to score the only win in today's match. The Wildcats are now 2-10 on the season and will play the University of Portland tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Boise State.

FOOTBALL: Spring drills start Monday. The Wildcats will practice each Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, weather permitting, for four weeks, concluding with the annual purple-white game April 21 at noon. All weekday practice sessions will be from 2:50 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the practice field. The first three Saturday scrimmages will begin at 10 a.m. All sessions will be open to the public and media.