Sports briefs

Published: Wednesday, March 2 2011 12:04 a.m. MST

Weber State can earn bye in tournament

OGDEN — Weber State hosts Eastern Washington in its regular season finale tonight and will earn a first-round bye in the Big Sky Tournament if it wins. The Wildcats (17-10, 11-4 Big Sky) would also host the conference tournament if they defeat the Eagles and Sacramento State upsets Northern Colorado tonight.

Weber State has won eight straight conference games. Eastern Washington earned a spot in the Big Sky Tournament by upsetting Montana on Saturday. Tonight's game tips off at 8:05 p.m. in the Dee Events Center.

Weber State could still finish as low as third in the Big Sky and have to play a first-round game on Saturday. That would occur if the Wildcats lose tonight.

Palelei signs with Utes' football program

SALT LAKE CITY — Po'u Palelei, a 6-foot-5, 380-pound offensive lineman who played in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, signed a letter-of-intent with the University of Utah on Tuesday. The former Las Vegas high school star played on season of college football at Eastern Arizona in 2008. He's currently completing academic work at Salt Lake Community College and plans to join the Utes this fall as a junior.

Racquetball players to compete in Utah

Some of the top racquetball players in the world will be in Utah in March to compete in the Salt Lake City Pro/Am at the Sports Mall.

Kim Roy, tournament director, described this event as a "Tier 1" International Racquetball Tournament. Dates are March 17-19. She expects more than 250 players to enter. Guaranteed prize money is $17,500.

Entry deadline is Thursday. Online registration available on www.saltlakecityproam.com. Entry fee is $75 for the first event and $90 for the pro-qualifier. First-round matches in the professional division will be March 18, with the finals on March 19. A pro-am event will be held on March 17. There will also be a free junior clinic on March 19. For more information visit www.saltlakecityproam.com.

Judge sides with NFL union in TV dispute

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge in Minneapolis has sided with the NFL players' union in a dispute with the league over television revenue.

U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled that the league violated its agreement with the union in carving out $4 billion for itself in additional television revenue. The union had argued that the league was effectively stockpiling money to prepare for a lockout.

Doty overruled a special master who had sided with the league.

Doty ordered that a hearing be held to determine relief for the players. That hearing isn't yet scheduled.

—Deseret News staff and wire services

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