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STARZZ TO HOST CLINIC: The Utah Starzz will host a basketball clinic Friday, July 27, at 11 a.m. for all participants of the Jr. Starzz program. The clinic will feature the entire Starzz team and coaching staff, including Olympians Natalie Williams and Margo Dydek, along with rookie sensation Marie Ferdinand. The clinic will emphasize fundamental basketball skills.

Jr. Starzz is a summer youth basketball program for girls 7 to 14 years old. The Jr. Starzz program is designed to teach girls fundamental basketball skills, as well as provide them with a program to become more physically active.

HECKER CAMP: Salt Lake resident Barry Hecker will hold a Nike Shooting and Offensive Skills Camp, July 28-Aug. 1 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Hecker, a longtime NBA scout and assistant coach, will team with former Jazz star Adrian Dantley, Atlanta Hawks' assistant Erick Musselman and other coaches to instruct professional players.

For costs and information, call 1-702-241-5477 or 1-702-646-0031.


JOHN DEERE CLASSIC: J.L. Lewis and Zimbabwe's Andrew McLardy shot 7-under-par 64s to share the first-round lead in the John Deere Classic.

SENIOR BRITISH OPEN Jack Nicklaus eagled the first hole and finished with a 1-under 70 to finish two strokes behind the first-round leaders in the Senior British Open. South Africa's John Bland and England's Denis Durnian opened with 68s . New Zealand's Bob Charles topped a five-player group at 69. South Africa's Player shot a 72, and Arnold Palmer opened with an 84.

Record-setting medalist James Vargas tumbled out of the first of round of match play in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Zach Amole, 17, of Denver, Pa., beat Vargas, 17, of Miami, 1-up at Oak Hills Country Club. Vargas set qualifying records for nine holes (30) and 36 holes (132) to earn the top seeding in the 64-player match-play field.

Defending champion Matthew Rosenfeld, 17, of Plano, advanced to the third round, beating Joshua Wooding of Riverside, Calif., 2-up in the first round, and edging Matt McLean of Weston, Fla., 1-up in the second round.


MERCEDES-BENZ CUP: Andre Agassi beat Greg Rusedski in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory Thursday night in the second round of the Mercedes-Benz Cup.

Top-seeded Gustavo Kuerten extended his winning streak to 14 matches, beating qualifier Robby Ginepri 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kristina Brandi.

Williams will next face fifth-seeded Meghann Shaughnessy, who beat Australia's Nicole Pratt 6-2, 6-2.

Third-seeded Kim Clijsters of Belgium beat from Zimbabwe's Cara Black to win 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Also, sixth-seeded Amy Frazier was upset by Germany's Jana Kandarr 7-5, 6-7, 6-3.


CAMACHO VICTORY OVERTURNED: Hector Camacho Jr.'s technical win over Jesse James Leija was changed to a no-contest by the New York State Athletic Commission.

The fight was stopped when it was ruled that Camacho couldn't continue after the fifth round of the 10-round super lightweight bout early July 8 because of a cut over his right eye caused by a clash of heads.

The official scorecards were totaled, and Camacho, ahead on all three, was declared the winner.

The commission, however, ruled that the bell should not have rung to begin the sixth round. Since the bell rang incorrectly, the official cards should not have been consulted under a New York boxing rule and there could not be a decision, the panel said.


SPIDERS' LAST GAME: The Utah Spiders host California Ajax in their final home game at Juan Diego High School Friday at 7:30 p.m.

At 9-1-1, California leads the seven-team Women's Premier Soccer League, while Utah sits in fifth with a 4-6 mark.


USA/IVA TOURNAMENT: Ute teammates Shelly Hundley, Kelsie Kartchner, Jackie Morrill, Kim Turner and former Ute Jen Snow-Richards will be competing on the USA/IVA High Performance Team coached by Ute assistant coach Matt McShane. Two teams, one junior (21 and under) and one youth (17 and under) high performance teams from the Intermountain Region of USAV have made the trip to Europe. They are high level teams of kids in the USAV pipeline that are fortunate enough to be in a top training program that has been able to get them overseas once every two years to play and train at the highest possible levels.

Members of the Junior team are: Kelsie Kartchner, Lindsay Phillips, Kim Turner, Kami Olsen, Lauren Richards, Colleen Huey, Shelly Hundley, Kylie Gilmore, Jackie Morrill, Heather Gilmore, Jen Snow-Richards and Matt McShane (coach).

"The opportunity for these players to compete against the level of competition they are playing in Europe is great for them, both in terms of volleyball and personally," says coach Beth Launiere. "It is a positive for our program, having some of our players training for two weeks and playing against high-level competition. The University of Utah has been very involved in the development of this program. These are the fruits of our labors from over the past six years."