T-VILLE LOSES: Taylorsville's hopes for a trip to the national American Legion championship came to an end on Monday, when it suffered a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to Las Vegas-based Bishop Norman in the Western Region championship game in Las Cruces, N.M.

Brandon Lyon went the distance on the mound for T-Ville, striking out 11 batters. He and Nic Ballard each belted a two-run homer.

Taylorsville was attempting to become the second Utah team to advance to the national tournament.

ESPN, MLB ON COLLISION COURSE: Unable to settle their dispute over which channel would show nationally televised Sunday night baseball games, major league baseball and ESPN are on a legal collision course.

Baseball officials announced Tuesday they are giving ESPN's final three Sunday night games back to the teams to sell locally instead of allowing them to be moved to ESPN2 to accommodate the cable network's new $17.6 billion, eight-year deal with the NFL.

This could be the first step in a legal challenge between baseball and its major cable partner, with both sides saying there has been a breach of contract.


KINGS FIRE JORDAN: Eddie Jordan is out as head coach of the Sacramento Kings after leading the team to a 27-55 record last season.

The Kings also removed assistant coach Mike Bratz and announced that a search for a re-place-ment for Jordan would begin immediately.

Jordan, who joined the Kings as an assistant coach in 1992, compiled a 33-64 record as head coach since he replaced Garry St. Jean in the final weeks of the 1996-97 season.

CLIPPERS EYE RAMBIS: The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to formally offer their head coaching spot to Los Angeles Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis, it was reported Wednesday.

The offer could come as early as Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing sources close the situation. The Times also reported that the Sacramento Kings, who fired Eddie Jordan on Tuesday, also are interested in Rambis.