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Boxing

STATE AMATEUR: The state's top amateur fighters will square off Friday and Saturday (7 p.m.) at the USA-Utah State Amateur Boxing Tournament at Ogden's Marshall White Center.

Local boxers from six weight divisions will be vying for state titles and the opportunity to compete in the USA Regionals in New Mexico. The winners will then move on to the national championships.

TYSON INVESTIGATED FOR RAPE: Las Vegas police are investigating a second felony rape allegation against heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson. Clark County District Attorney Stewart Bell confirmed that detectives have been investigating sexual assault complaints against Tyson by two women.

Football

BILLS SIGN VAN PELT: The Buffalo Bills re-signed quarterback Alex Van Pelt to a five-year contract, rewarding the backup for filling in for injured starter Rob Johnson.

FAULK WINS AWARD: St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk, who led the NFL in total yards and touchdowns this season, won his second straight NFL Player of the Year award.

COWBOYS HIRE COSLET: Bruce Coslet, the former Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets head coach, was hired as the Dallas Cowboys' new offensive coordinator.

LANE PASSES AWAY: Dick "Night Train" Lane hounded wide receivers with his ferocious tackles and quarterbacks with his interceptions. An undrafted free agent who would become one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history during his 14-year career, Lane died after a heart attack at the assisted living facility where he lived. He was 73.

GLENN SUES NFL: Patriots receiver Terry Glenn sued the NFL, saying it discriminated against him for a disability that prevented him from following certain rules in the league's substance abuse policy.

Golf

HEINEKEN CLASSIC: Ernie Els shot an 8-under-par 64 in perfect scoring conditions to hold a two-shot lead after the first round of the Heineken Classic.

Mark Pilkington of Wales, was alone in second after shooting a 6-under 66.

WOODS WINS AWARD: Tiger Woods was presented the PGA Tour's top awards for the third straight year.

Soccer

U.S. BEATS CANADA: U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller batted away two penalty kicks after a scoreless tie in regulation and overtime as the Americans beat defending champion Canada 4-2 on penalty kicks to gain the finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

The United States faces Costa Rica, a 3-1 winner over South Korea in the other semifinal, on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

Baseball

DODGERS SIGN BICHETTE: Four-time All-Star DanteBichette agreed to a minor-league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the outfielder was invited to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

RED SOX RAISE PRICES: The highest-priced tickets in baseball got pricier when the Boston Red Sox announced a 7.4 percent overall increase for this season.

Infield roof box, loge and field box seats, the most expensive at Fenway Park, will increase from $55 to $60.

Team officials said it's the smallest overall increase in seven years.

Tennis

AGASSI, COACH PART WAYS: After eight years together, Andre Agassi and Brad Gilbert have ended one of the most successful player and coach relationships in tennis history.