CORRECTION: The University of Utah received a $10 million donation for Rice Stadium from the Eccles Foundation and Spence Ec-cles, not Jon Huntsman, as reported in Friday's Deseret News.


CHIPPER WATCHES FIRE AND WORRIES: Chipper Jones had a game to play Friday night, but the Atlanta Braves third baseman couldn't help but think about the fires that are scorching central Florida.

The house where Jones grew up and his parents still live in Pierson, Fla., was threatened by the blazes that already have destroyed 453,000 acres and burned nearly 200 homes.

"My house in Florida has probably burned down by now," a downcast Jones said after the Braves' 3-2 victory over the New York Mets. "It was really hard to focus tonight."

Jones lives in suburban Atlanta, but his parents and grandparents live on a 10-acre homestead located about 30 miles west of Daytona Beach.

"I talked to my parents three or four times today," he said. "There was a big blaze headed for our house. It was less than a half-mile away. We can only hope the wind changes and blows it away from the house."


COYOTES, TKACHUK FAR APART: The Phoenix Coyotes and captain Keith Tkachuk are more than $6 million apart on a proposed five-year contract extension.

Tkachuk, the first American-born player to lead the NHL in goals when he scored 52 in 1996-97, has two years remaining on his current contract that would pay him $2.8 million this season and $3 million in 1999-2000.

He and his Boston-based agent Bob Murray are seeking a five-year, $40 million extension.

Coyotes general manager Bobby Smith pulled a $33.3 million offer off the table Tuesday and negotiations have come to a standstill.


WORLD CUP ALL-STAR FINALISTS: Christian Vieri of Italy and Gabriel Batistuta of Argentina, tied for the tournament scoring lead with five goals apiece through two rounds, topped the list of 61 finalists for the World Cup all-star team announced Friday.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Owen of England, who had only three international appearances coming into the tournament, was among the 17 strikers selected, along with teammates Alan Shearer and Paul Ince.

Ince was one of 24 midfielders chosen, along with five wing defenders, 10 sweeper-central defenders, and five goalkeepers.

No member of the U.S. team, eliminated in the first round and last among the 32 teams, was among the all-star finalists.

BRIT HELD IN STABBING DEATH: A 43-year-old English fan faced a Grenoble, France, judge Friday on suspicion of stabbing a Frenchman to death after the England-Argentina World Cup match, allegedly because he thought the man was a rival fan mocking him.

Across the country in Lille, there was good news from doctors treating the French policeman who's been in a coma since being clubbed in the head by German fans wielding a steel pole.

Daniel Nivel is beginning to respond to certain stimuli, they said, calling it an "important and encouraging step."

The English fan, identified by the British Foreign Office as Paul Birch, an engineer believed to be from London, is not a known soccer hooligan.

He allegedly stabbed actor Eric Frachet, 33, on the train from Lyon to Grenoble Tuesday night, following England's defeat at Saint-Etienne, near Lyon.

He was arrested Wednesday night in a Grenoble hotel, following a dispute with the hotel's night guard. Police quickly linked him to the stabbing.


U.S. SENIOR OPEN QUALIFYING: Doyle Corbett, the director of golf at Sun Valley Resort, won a sudden-death playoff to earn a spot in the U.S. Senior Open in a qualifying event held Friday at Ogden Golf and Country Club.

Ron Garland, an amateur from Park City, chipped in from off the green on the 18th hole to force a playoff, but Corbett birdied the first hole of sudden death to earn the trip to the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles later this month. Corbett and Garland each shot 3-under-par 70.

Track and field

NO GOODWILL DOUBLE FOR JOHNSON: World 200-meter record holder Michael Johnson, preparing to return to competition in Europe next week after a month's layoff due to injuries, said Friday he would not attempt a 200-, 400-meter double at the Goodwill Games as previously announced.

"I'm running just the 400," said Johnson in a telephone interview from Dallas. "The 200 would take more time to get in top shape, and I don't have the time."

But Johnson said he was looking forward to competing in a 400-meter race at the Goodwill Games in New York July 21, and in IAAF Golden League competitions over a similar distance at Oslo Thursday and at Rome July 14.

The races will be his first major competition since he finished an uncharacteristic third in the 200 meters at the Prefontaine grand prix meet in Oregon on May 31.


BUGNER VS. `BONECRUSHER': Old pros Joe Bugner and James "Bonecrusher" Smith will fight in Australia on Saturday for the vacant heavyweight title of the fringe World Boxing Federation.

The 48-year-old Bugner lost his last championship challenge when he was outpointed by Muhammad Ali June 30, 1975, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The 45-year-old Smith lost the WBA title on points to Mike Tyson March 7, 1987, at Las Vegas.

Although the WBF is a fringe organization, Bugner is taking his bid to become the oldest heavyweight champion seriously.

"We know the seriousness of this fight is going to happen when the bell goes," Bugner said. "After all the years we've been in this business, trust me, we're not going to play tiddlywinks. I'm going to try and brain him."