CUMMINS 200: Jack Sprague raced back from a late pit stop and a bumping incident with Ron Hornaday to win Thursday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Cummins 200 race at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
PENALTIES UPHELD: NASCAR's four-race suspension and season-long probation imposed on Busch Series driver Jeff Purvis was upheld Thursday by the National Stock Car Commission.
4 SLCC PLAYERS SIGN: Four baseball players from Salt Lake Community College are moving on. Rusty Gray (Taylorsville) and Craig Peterson (Viewmont) have signed to play at BYU. Luke Geddes (Highland) has signed with Southern Utah University. Jared Cavaness (Granger) has signed to play for the University of Utah.
The Bruins, playing in only their second season, finished with a record of 22-29.
BYU VS. UTAH: Tickets are still available for the 1998 Legends Game, featuring former Utes and Cougars, Friday at the Huntsman Center. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Former NBA stars Tom Chambers and Mike Newlin headline the cast of participants. Proceeds will benefit the Utah Youth Village.
NBA SETBACK: The NBA failed to get an order prohibiting arbitrator John Feerick from holding a hearing on whether players should be paid during a lockout. Federal judge Barbara Jones rejected the league's motion in U.S. District Court, and cleared the way for Feerick to hold a hearing later in the evening on whether he has jurisdiction in the matter.
League lawyers did not attend the hearing, believing Feerick will rule that he does indeed have jurisdiction. The arbitrator is expected to issue a ruling in the next day or two.
SPREWELL SUIT DISMISSED: Latrell Sprewell's $30 million lawsuit against the NBA was dismissed by a federal judge. Sprewell, whose one-year suspension for chocking his coach was reduced by an arbitrator, claimed the suspension was racially discriminatory and violated his right to make a living.
U.S. TEAM DEFEATED: The United States basketball team, perennially one of the most feared in the world, was beaten by Lithuania 84-82 in a first-round game of the world championships. The last time the U.S. lost in a world championship or Olympics was - pre-Dream Team - in the 1990 world championships to Yugoslavia 99-91 in the semifinals. Since then, the U.S. had won 26 consecutive games.
3 TIE FOR LOW-PRO HONORS: Gil Morgan, No. 2 on the Senior Tour money list and making his first senior appearance in Utah, fired a 7-under-par 65 in Thursday's MasterCard Champions Pro-Am at Park City. He tied with J.C. Snead and Frank Conner for low pro honors in the final tuneup before Friday's official tournament start.
Miller Barber's team won the Thursday's pro-am with a 22-under 50. Team members inlcluded Ron Norton, Tim Kennedy, Duane Carlisle and Reed Beecher.
Charles Coody captained the second place team with a 52, while Walter Zembriski's team came in third at 53.
The 54-hole Showdown Classic will be played through Sunday at Park Meadows Country Club.
JENSEN WINS SENIOR AMATEUR: Jim Jensen captured the Utah Golf Association Senior Amateur Thursday with a four-stroke win over Brent Tidwell. The 55-year-old Jensen fired a 71 at Wasatch Mountain State Park in Midway to finish the two-day tourney at 140. Dave Hedderman finished third at 145, followed by Frank Huff at 146 and John Gilbert and John Hatch. Age winners were Jensen, Gilbert, Huff, Louis Slama and Lynn Bray.
AGASSI ADVANCES: Andre Agassi beat Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Mercedes-Benz Cup tournament in Los Angeles. Agassi will face Sandon Stolle, a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) winner over Andrew Ilie. In the other matches, Patrick Rafter beat Martin Damm 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, and Justin Gimelstob was leading when 6-3, 3-0 when eighth-seeded Vince Spadea retired because of exhaustion.
SELES IN SEMIS: Monica Seles advanced to the semifinals of the Bank of the West tournament in Stanford, Calif., with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Anne-Gaelle Sidot. Third-seeded Venus Williams beat Corina Morariu 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals. Fifth-seeded Natasha Zvereva and No. 7 Elena Likhovtseva also advanced to the the quarterfinals.
BOAT ON DISPLAY: The boat that will row across the ocean, "The Brother of Jared," will be featured in an open house on Saturday at the Harmon's Family Center, 7200 S. 900 East, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Richard Jones, of World Wide Expeditions, plans to row the 27-foot craft from Portugal to the United States, a distance of about 5,000 miles. The boat will be shipped from Salt Lake City on Tuesday. Jones plans to begin his trip in September.
Jones said the trip will take a minimum of eight months to complete.
TITLE GAME SATURDAY: The Utah Football League will hold its 1998 season championship game on Saturday at Ben Lomond High School at 7:30 p.m. The West Valley Panthers will defend their title against the Ogden Eagles.
The Panthers are led by Fine Unga of Weber State and quarterback Joe Candelaria. The Eagles are led by Billy Zumbrum and Junior Baker of Weber. Admission is $3. All proceeds are going to the Ben Lomond Athletic Department.