PROVO OPEN: Former BYU golfer Ryan Rhees jumped to the front of a crowded leaderboard Friday with a 3-under-par 68, which put him at 134 after two rounds of the annual Novell-Provo Open.

Rhees is one shot ahead of another ex-Cougar Dean Wilson and amateurs Corey Carter and Mike Henderson.

Local pros Roy Christensen and Tom Costello are another stroke back at 136 along with Colorado pro Rick Cramer and amateur Darrin Overson. Local pros Jimmy Blair and Matt Johnson stand at 137, while PGA Tour regular Mike Weir heads a group of four golfers at 138.

First day leaders Eric Rustand and Mark Owen fell back after their opening 65s, coming in with scores of 74 and 75, respectively.

The leaders will tee off in today's final round between noon and 12:20 p.m. today. The winner earns a check for $10,000.


FORMER U. COACH DIES: Bill Meek, football coach at two Texas schools as well as Kansas State and Utah, died Thursday in Dallas of cancer.

Meek, 76, coached SMU from 1957-61 and compiled a 17-29-4 record. His best season was 1958, when SMU finished 6-4 with victories over Southwest Conference rivals Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Christian.

Before coaching SMU, Meek was coach at Kansas State and Houston. He finished his coaching career with six seasons at Utah, 1968-73, where he was 33-31.

PATS TERMINATE MEGGETT'S CONTRACT: The New England Patriots, upset by charges of sexual assault, terminated Dave Meg-gett's contract on Friday.

In a prepared statement, officials said the move was in the best interests of the club. But coach Pete Carroll had previously indicated that Meggett's tenure with the team was in doubt because of the charges.

The 31-year-old Meggett and defensive lineman Steve Brannon were arrested and charged with sexual assault in February after a woman complained to police that she was assaulted at Toronto's Royal York Hotel. Meggett was also charged with robbing the woman.

DEION'S DAMAGED: Dallas Cowboys' cornerback Deion Sanders had surgery on his left ankle Friday and will miss the early part of training camp. Sanders won't miss any regular-season games because of it, team spokesman Rich Dalrymple said Friday.


BRAVES SIGN UTAHN: Tye Han-seen of Orem, who played at Snow Junior College and starred at the University of Pacific, has signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Braves and will report to Atlanta's short-season Class A affliate in Eugene, Ore.

Auto racing

CRASH ENDS PRACTICE: Christian Fittipaldi's frightening crash on Friday in practice for the Miller Lite 200 smashed a hole in the concrete retaining wall and ended the day's activity on the track in West Allis, Wis.

Fittipaldi's Swift-Ford was split in half by the hard impact, which also knocked the Brazilian driver unconscious for about three minutes. Fittipaldi, 27, was checked out at a nearby hospital and later returned to the Milwaukee Mile.


RUNNER INJURED IN NIKE SHOOT: The defending champion of the 5K Freihofer's Run for Women in Albany, N.Y., has pulled out of Saturday's national championship race because of injuries sustained while filming a commercial for Nike.

Elva Dryer, the reigning U.S. 3,000-meter champion, was tripped while running with a group of extras last week in Los Angeles as they were filming a commercial featuring Nike-sponsored runners including Michael Johnson and Uta Pippig.

"Better me than Michael Johnson," joked Dryer.


PARISI QUITS: Mexico's Carlos Gonzalez recaptured the WBO super lightweight title Friday night by stopping champion Giovanni Parisi, who quit during the ninth round in Pesaro, Italy.

On the undercard, Reggie Johnson retained his IBF light heavyweight title by outpointing Norway's Ole Klemetsen in a 12-round unanimous decision.


TOUR OF ITALY: Michele Bartoli, the 1997 World Cup champion, won the spill-marred 13th stage of the Tour of Italy Friday in a three-man sprint at Schio, Italy.

Andrea Noe moved up from second place to take the overall lead.

High schools

GIRLS SOCCER: The Woods Cross High girls soccer team is looking to fill its preseason schedule for this fall. Coaches interested in playing the Wildcats should contact Woods Cross coach Barry Bell at 299-2075.