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July 29, 1997

ERIE, Pa. (AP) _ John Daly continued his comeback with a 6-under par 66 at the Kahkwa Club and was one stroke off the lead in the $300,000 Greater Erie Charity Golf Classic.

PGA Tour players Fred Funk and Willie Wood along with Brian Gay of Florida were tied for the lead Monday with 65s. Daly and Pittsburgh-area pros Bobby Friend and Kent Stauffer were tied for second in the 36-hole tournament.


KENMORE, Wash. (AP) _ Tom Lehman and Scott McCarron shot 5-under-par 66s Monday and shared the lead after the first round of the Fred Couples Invitational.

Scott Simpson was one shot back at 67, while Rick Fehr, Mike Hulbert and Davis Love III each had a 69 on the 6,543-yard Inglewood Golf Club course.

Fred Couples, a native of Seattle and the host of the two-day charity event for the fourth consecutive year, shot a 71.


FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) _ Leigh Anne Hardin of Martinsville, Ind., shot a 3-under-par 69 on Monday to take a one-stroke lead during the suspended first round of the 49th U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship.

Nancy Abiecunas, 14, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Leilani Bagby, 17, of Santa Monica, Calif., opened with 70s on The Legends Club of Tennessee.


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ The Atlantic Coast Conference has given ESPN exclusive rights to televise 100 college football games from 1998 to 2005.

The conference also extended its national broadcast network agreement with ABC Sports for the same period of time.

The agreement with ESPN includes 10 games per season from 1998-2000, 14 games per season from 2001 to 2005, out-of-market rights for ESPN’s pay-per-view plan to ABC telecasts and at least 20 games reserved for ESPN’s Thursday night Game of the Week series during the span.


CLEVELAND (AP) _ Righthander Kevin Gross was designated for assignment Monday by the Anaheim Angels.

Gross, 36, was 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 12 appearances, including three starts. He signed with the Angels as a minor league free agent on June 5 and was brought up from Vancouver on June 20. Gross has a 142-158 record with five major league teams.


MANKATO, Minn. (AP) _ The Minnesota Vikings signed free agent tight end Andrew Glover, who spent the last six seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Glover, 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, signed a one-year contract for $275,000, the minimum salary for a six-year veteran.

Glover had his best season in 1994, when he caught 33 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns as the starter. He caught nine passes and one TD last year, as rookie Ricky Dudley started for most of the season.


LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Texas Tech has hired Robert Burton, a former compliance officer from Oklahoma State and the NCAA, the school announced Monday.

Burton was named associated athletic director for compliance. He will be responsible for making sure Tech athletes follow eligibility rules and the athletic programs abide by NCAA rules, the university said.

The NCAA has been investigating Texas Tech since February 1996 for alleged violations in the football, baseball and men’s basketball programs.


PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Penguins have moved the starting time for home games from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning in the 1997-98 season.

``We believe it will be a convenience to a large majority of our fans,″ co-owner Roger Marino said. ``And it will get everyone home from our games a little earlier. That should be a bonus, especially on school and work nights.″

Afternoon games will continue to begin at either 1:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. The NHL will announce its schedule later this week.

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