BIG TV RATINGS: Mark McGwire delivered a home run rating for Fox Sports, giving the network the highest regular-season baseball rating in 16 years.

The 12.9 rating Tuesday night was the highest since Aug. 23, 1982, when ABC posted a 13.4 for "Monday Night Baseball." A ratings point represents 994,000 households on Fox, which drew about 43.1 million viewers.

Fox's telecast was blacked out in Chicago, the third largest U.S. market. WGN carried the game and got a 20.6 rating in Chicago.

Accounting for the audience that watched nationally on WGN - a super-station available in 45 million homes - industry sources estimated the combined rating was approximately 16.4, making it the highest-rated regular-season game since at least 1980.


BRUINS, BOURQUE AGREE ON DEAL: The Boston Bruins and 17-time All-Star defenseman Ray Bourque have agreed on a new contract extending his career by another season.

Terms of the contract were not released, but it changes the amount Bourque and the team previously agreed he would be paid this year and adds a second year.


UTAH WOMEN WIN: Utah bounced back from dropping the first game to take the next three from Idaho, post its fourth win of the season on Wednesday night at Crimson Court. The Utes, now 4-1, were outhit by the Vandals (1-1) in the first game .488 to .208, and as a result lost 15-12. Utah then went on to outhit Idaho for the match .247 to .210, winning the next three games 15-3, 15-11, 16-14.

Kalani Tonga posted a match-high 17 kills to go with four digs to lead Utah. Freshman McKelle Stil-son had 15 kills, three blocks and an impressive .500 hitting percentage. Stacie Greenwalt also had 15 kills and four blocks.


USU MEN IN 9TH: The Utah State golf team finished ninth in its initial tournament of the fall season at the 18-team Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate at Laramie, Wyo. Chris Moody led the way with a 212 total, including a 67 on the final day to finish 17th overall. Other USU scores were Casey Beck 214, Mike Haws 216, Kevin Blotter 218 and Mitch Harris 220.