UTAHNS ADVANCE: Four Utah golfers have advanced to next week's PGA Tour Second State Qualifying Tournament, while several others weren't successful, including Tony and Gipper Finau, who turned professional last spring.
Farmington's Boyd Summerhays, St. George's Brad Sutterfield and Sandy's Todd Tanner each qualified in Texas last week, while Bountiful's Garrett Clegg qualified a week earlier in Nevada.
Among those who didn't make it were Sandy's Nick Micek, Bountiful's Pete Stone, Sandy's Steve Schneiter, Layton's Barry Schenk, Draper's Ryan Ellis, Sandy's Luke Swilor, former BYU golfers Jake Ellison, Clay Ogden and Ron Harvey, former Utah golfer Shawn Edwards and former SUU golfer Kenny Ebalo.Summerhays tied for fourth place, while Sutterfield was 15th place and Tanner tied for 26th place and qualified right on the number. Tony Finau missed by seven shots at the qualifier in Texas, while Gipper missed by 19 shots. Mike Sorensen
SCHILLING STAYING PUT: Curt Schilling is staying put.
Schilling and the Boston Red Sox reached a preliminary agreement on an $8 million, one-year contract that will allow the star right-hander to return next season to the World Series champions.The agreement provides for him to make an additional $5 million in bonuses and match his 2007 salary. The deal is subject to him passing a physical, contains $3 million in performance bonuses based on innings pitched and $2 million based on weight clauses, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday.
INSTANT REPLAY: For the first time Tuesday, baseball general managers recommended instant replay be used to help umpires make close calls.The recommendation, by a 25-5 vote, was limited to boundary calls whether potential home runs are fair or foul, whether balls go over fences or hit the top and bounce back, and whether fans have interfered with a possible homer.
HENIN ADVANCES: Justine Henin opened her title defense at the Sony Ericsson Championships with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) victory over Anna Chakvetadze on Tuesday in Madrid. Second-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova played No. 3 Ana Ivanovic. Also in red group play, Daniela Hantuchova faced 2004 champion Maria Sharapova.