BYU-UTAH LEGENDS GAME: Coaches Jerry Pimm and Frank Arnold have chosen players to compete in the 1998 Legends Basketball Game between alumni of the University of Utah and BYU. The benefit for the Utah Youth Village is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Huntsman Center.
A look at the rosters:
BYU: Nathan Call, Bob Capener, Jay Cheesman, Mark Durrant, John Fairchild, Tom Gneiting, Greg Kite, Shane Knight, Russell Larsen, Dick Nemelka, Doug Richards, Fred Roberts, Scott Runia, Andy Toolson, Gary Trost and Jim Usevitch.
UTAH: Paul Afeaki, Larry Cain, Ben Caton, Tom Chambers, Josh Grant, Manny Hendrix, Jeff Judkins, Jimmy Madison, Pace Mannion, Buster Matheney, Mike Newlin, Jimmy Soto, Doug Terry, Danny Vranes and Byron Wilson.
TWINS' LEASE APPROVED: The sports commission that runs the Metrodome approved a new lease for the Twins today, guaranteeing the team will remain in Minnesota at least two more years.
The new deal will replace a lease that was set to expire in 2012 and ends a legal fight over whether the Twins can legally break the old lease because of poor attendance.
The Twins had said they could not be profitable in the Metrodome under the old lease. Owner Carl Pohlad has been negotiating to sell the team to North Carolina interests.
PHILS INK TOP PICK: The Philadelphia Phillies, determined to avoid a repeat of the J.D. Drew stalemate, and overall No. 1 draft pick Pat Burrell agreed Friday on a five-year contract worth a guaranteed $8 million.
The deal includes a record $3.15 million signing bonus and could be worth up to $16.25 million through the 2004 season if the infielder meets certain standards.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The United States' silent bats finally have come to life in the Baseball World Championships in Rome.
Eric Munson hit two of the team's five homers as the United States got its first victory after two losses, 13-6 over Taiwan.
BLUES SIGN DRAFTEE: The St. Louis Blues on Friday signed 1996 first-round draft pick Marty Reasoner, a center who led the nation in scoring while playing for Boston College last season. Terms of the contract with Reasoner, 21, weren't disclosed.
MERCEDES CUP: Marcelo Rios, moving to one victory of regaining the No. 1 spot in the rankings, routed Boris Becker 6-2, 6-0 today to reach the semifinals of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Ger-many.
Rios would regain the top ranking on the ATP computer from Pete Sampras if he beats world No. 11 Karol Kucera of Slovakia Saturday.
Carlos Moya, the French Open champion, also reached the semis by beating fellow Spaniard Fernando Vicente, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Kucera downed Czech player Bohdan Ulihrach, 6-4, 6-4; and Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten defeated Spain's Albert Costa 7-5, 6-0.
FED CUP: A rematch between French Open finalists Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Monica Seles will highlight the Fed Cup semifinal this weekend in Madrid between Spain and the United States.
A powerhouse in this competition, called the Davis Cup of women's tennis, Spain has won four of the five Fed Cups between 1991-1995 and then lost to the United States in 1996.
SAMPRAS WITHDRAWS: Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras withdrew Friday from next week's Mercedes-Benz Cup because of a foot injury.
LEGG MASON CLASSIC: Third-seeded Wayne Ferreira of South Africa and 14th-seeded Scott Draper of Australia won quarterfinal matches Friday at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C.
Draper needed just 50 minutes to defeat fifth-seeded Filip Dewulf of Belgium 6-3, 6-2, while Ferreira defeated sixth-seeded Vincent Spadea 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1.
U.S. 500: Don't be confused by all those guys over 230 mph on Friday at Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. The Handford Device, intended to slow the Indy cars, is working.
The device is a big, boxy rear wing, devised by Swift Engineering chief designer Mark Handford to create additional drag on the cars, thereby slowing them and making them tougher to drive through the turns.
After testing, initial estimates were that the wing slowed the cars by about 10-15 mph from last year at Michigan and sister track California Speedway.
That's what made the speeds so surprising in the opening practice sessions for Sunday's U.S. 500.
Adrian Fernandez, a winner earlier this year on the 11/2-mile oval at Motegi, Japan, led the way with a lap of 232.004 mph.
PENNSYLVANIA 500: Ward Burton took advantage of a slightly cooler track near the end of a 46-car qualifying session Friday and tamed Pocono International Raceway to win the pole for the Pennsylvania 500 at Long Pond, Pa.
Starting beside him Sunday will be Jeff Gordon, whose speed held up until Burton's Pontiac went 168.805 mph.
AUSTRIAN GP: Michael Schumacher can take the lead in the Formula One drivers' standings and move Ferrari closer to the championship in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.
Schumacher trails Mika Hakkinen of McLaren-Mercedes by two points going into the 10th race of the 17-event Formula One season, and he has the momentum after three straight victories.
VISIONAIRE 500: Drivers in the Indy Racing League will gladly trade a few bumps at Charlotte Motor Speedway for more wide-open racing at the VisionAire 500 in Concord, N.C.
The 300-mile race Saturday night on the high-banked 1.5-mile track should provide more room for drivers to maneuver compared to last week's wreck-filled race at Dover, Del., where just 10 of 22 cars were still going at the end of the Monster Mile track.
CMS will also be a better track for drafting, according to pole-sitter Tony Stewart, who became the first driver in the 38-year history of Charlotte Motor Speedway to crack the 220 mph barrier with his qualifying run on 220.498 Thursday night.
HIGHLAND SET TO COMPETE: The Highland Rugby team begins competition Monday in the World Schools Championship Tournament in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Highland - the only U.S. representative in the 12-team tournament - has been in Harare since Tuesday and participated in a noncontact warm-up scrimmage Thurs-day with St. John's School, a local team.
Highland's first match Tuesday afternoon is against tournament host Prince Edward, with a Thursday morning match against the Welsh team Ysgol Glantaf.