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At least one Western New Yorker will play in the final of the New York State Golf Association's junior championships in Loudonville. Defending champion Tim Smith of East Aurora CC won two matches to reach today's semifinals. He beat Jonathan Bump of Hiawatha Landing, 4 and 3, and then downed Dan Warner of Ives Hill CC, 4 and 3.

Smith's opponent in the semis will be Dan DePasquale of Gowanda CC. The winners of today's semifinals were to meet later today for the state title.

Tom Welch, who resigned as head of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics in the wake of charges of abusing his wife, stands to gain $2 million through a consulting contract and golden parachute the committee is expected to ratify.

The executive committee passed resolutions to hire Welch as a consultant for $10,000 a month through February 2002; to pay him $1 million to compensate him for six years (1989-95) during which the former corporate lawyer received no pay; and to provide a retirement benefit of up to $500,000. Welch received $325,000 a year as president and had expected a $100,000-a-year retirement. The panel also tapped chairman Frank Joklik to serve as interim president and chief executive.

General Motors, which has paid a reported $1 billion for exclusive marketing rights at the Summer and Winter Olympics through 2008, said it will try to become the first corporation to display its logos inside Olympic venues. GM's deal is with NBC and the U.S. Olympic Committee, with NBC getting about two-thirds of the money. Dick Ebersol, president of NBC Sports, said he doesn't think the International Olympic Committee would waver from its long-standing policies banning trademarks and advertising at athletic venues. The package is considered to be the largest sponsorship in sports history, surpassing the current five-year, $250 million agreement between Coca-Cola and the NFL.
AUTO RACING: NASCAR Brickyard 400 pole qualifying, 2:30 p.m., ESPN, 4 p.m., ESPN 2; NASCAR Craftsman Truck Cummins 200, 9:30 p.m., ESPN 2.

BASEBALL: Atlanta Braves at Florida Marlins, 7 p.m., WTBS; Seattle Mariners at Milwaukee Brewers, 8 p.m., Empire.

GOLF: Sprint International, first round, 4 p.m., ESPN; LPGA du Maurier Ltd. Classic, first round, 2 p.m., ESPN 2.

NFL: Preseason -- New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers, 8 p.m., ESPN.

TENNIS: du Maurier Open, men's early-round matches, 11 a.m., ESPN.
BASEBALL: Toronto Blue Jays at Detroit, 7:05 p.m., 710; Oklahoma City 89ers at Buffalo Bisons, 7:05 p.m., 550.

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