UTAH-HOUSTON III: For the third consecutive Wednesday, the Utah Grizzlies face the Houston Aeros. Faceoff is set for 6 p.m. MST at the Compaq Center in Houston.

Utah (39-17-7) has won the two previous midweek meetings to seize control of second-place in the International Hockey League's Southwest Division. Houston (38-18-7), however, is just two points back and can pull into a tie with a victory tonight.

The Grizz open a five-game homestand Friday at the E Center against Kansas City.


VAUGHN ACQUITTED: Boston Red Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn was found innocent of drunken driving after a two-day trial.

Vaughn was arrested early Jan. 9 when he crashed into a car parked beside the highway and rolled his pickup truck.

Police testified that he stumbled on eight sobriety tests; on his third try at reciting the alphabet, he said "A-B-D-C-H-L-M."

BRICKHOUSE STABLE: Jack Brickhouse, the 82-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster, was in serious but stable condition after brain surgery to remove a tumor, believed to be benign.


VIKES RE-SIGN SMITH: Another round of contentious contract negotiations between Robert Smith and the Minnesota Vikings ended when the star running back agreed to a $25 million, five-year deal.

Smith, who rushed for a team-record 1,266 yards last season, will get a $5 million signing bonus.

MIAMI INKS MARION: Brock Marion signed an $8.1 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, reuniting the former Dallas safety with coach Jimmy Johnson. Miami also re-signed offensive lineman James Brown.

ANOTHER OILER HOME: The Tennessee Oilers will play at Vanderbilt University, their third home in as many years, under a tentative agreement.

The Oilers, who moved from Houston to Tennessee in 1996, originally rejected an offer to play at 41,448-seat Vanderbilt Stadium in favor of Memphis' 63,000-seat Liberty Bowl. The Oilers wound up with the worst attendance in the NFL, averaging 28,028 in 1997.

A new 67,000-seat stadium in Nashville will be ready for the 1999 season.

DILLON ARRESTED: Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon, the AFC Rookie of the Year, was arrested in Seattle for investigation of drunken driving. Dillon, a former Washington star, denies he was drunk and contends he is a victim of police harassment.

USU golf

MEN'S GOLF: Todd Tanner fired an even-par 71 on the final day to place third in the individual race and help the Aggies to a sixth-place finish at the University of Portland's Pilot Spring Invitational Golf Tournament.

BYU swimming

MEN'S WAC MEET: With a 10-2 dual-meet record and impressive showings in three invitationals, the Cougars head to the WAC championship meet Thursday. SMU is favored to repeat as team champions, with BYU and UNLV to battle for second place.