HALL OF FAME ATTENDANCE UP: The chase by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa for baseball's home run record has helped rejuvenate interest in the Hall of Fame, where attendance is up for the first time in four years.

As of Sept. 14, more than 256,000 fans had visited the Hall of Fame, up about 7 percent from about 240,000 on the same date in 1997. It is the first increase since the strike in 1994.


REF CAMP, ROOKIE PROGRAM POSTPONED: Training camp for referees and the rookie orientation program are the latest casualties of the NBA lockout.

Both were postponed indefinitely Tuesday.

The referees' camp was to begin Sept. 25; the four-day rookie program was to start Sept. 20.

JORDAN SUED: Remember Michael Jordan in "Space Jam"? The Chicago Bulls star traded barbs and slam dunks with cartoon characters in a children's film that made a lot of money.

Well, that's what producers of "Heaven Is a Playground" had in mind when they sought Jordan for their movie. Now he's being sued for breach of contract.

After Jordan decided against doing the part, Loyola Marymount standout Bo Kimble took his role, and the movie made a paltry $168,000 at the box office.

Heaven Corp., makers of the 1991 movie "Heaven Is a Playground," is seeking $16 million to $20 million in damages, which it says represents the profit it would have made if Jordan had appeared in the film.


BYU GOLF: Freshman Carrie Summerhays finished in eighth place by shooting a three-round total of 230 at the 54-hole BYU Invitational at Hobble Creek Golf Course Tuesday in her first meet as a collegiate athlete. As a team the Cougars finished sixth.

UTAH SECTION PGA: Glen Spencer and Scott Brandt both shot a 3-under-par 67 to claim first place after the first round of the 1998 Wilson Utah Section PGA Championship. The event is held at the Sun-brook Golf Course in St. George. In the senior's division, Bon Rudd jumped out to the early advantage with an even-par 72 on Tuesday.


QUALIFYING TOURNEY: Local amateur bowlers will have the opportunity to win a new Chevy Malibu LS and qualify to compete in the $175,000 Brunswick Women's World Open when Sandy Lanes hosts a qua-li-fy-ing tournament Sunday. The winner moves on to play in the National Finals in Chicago on Oct. 17. For information contact the Chevy Malibu Challenge office at 1-888-269-5278.

MS FUND-RAISER: Many of Utah's athletes and personalities will be honored Wednesday night as Utah's chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society holds a fund-raising event, honoring several sports personalities with Utah ties.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Salt Lake Marriott. Tickets are $150 a person.

For tickets call 493-0113.