Figure skating

CHAMPIONS ON ICE: Tickets go on sale Monday for Campbell's Soups Champions On Ice. The largest gathering of Olympic and world champions ever assembled will appear in Salt Lake City for one spectacular performance at the Delta Center on June 9.

U.S. Olympic competitors Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski and Nicole Bobek will appear along with 1994 Olympic champion Oksana Baiul and European champion Surya Bonaly, plus German skating sensation Tanja Szewczenko.

Men's champions include Olympic gold medalist Ilia Kulik of Russia, Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stoiko of Canada, bronze medalist Philippe Candeloro of France, and Todd Eldredge, Michael Weiss and Rudy Galindo of the United States.

Tickets go on sale Monday at the Delta Center box office and all Smith's Tix locations or by calling 325-SEAT or 1-800-888-TTXX.


NFL SIGNINGS: Edgar Bennett, the starting running back for Green Bay until a leg injury sidelined him all last season, has signed a four-year, $6.2 million contract with the Chicago Bears.

- Defensive end Gabe Wilkins became the second defensive starter in two days to leave the Green Bay Packers, signing on Thursday with the San Francisco 49ers.

- Rod Woodson signed a multi-year contract Friday with the Baltimore Ravens, who hope the cornerback can fix a troubled position.

- The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed defensive lineman Shane Dronett to a two-year contract. The 6-foot-6, 288-pounder had one start and played all 16 games last year with Atlanta.

- The Buffalo Bills signed free agent guard Joe Panos to a four-year, $11.5 million contract on Friday.

PACK'S JERVEY OFF HOOK: Mount Pleasant, S.C., police dropped a marijuana possession charge against Green Bay Packers running back Travis Jervey after tests showed the drug was not among evidence seized from his car.

SURGERY FOR ELWAY: Although John Elway has not officially announced whether he will return for another year with the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, the quarterback will undergo surgery on his right shoulder Monday.

Elway's agent has told the team that the 37-year-old quarterback will return for his 16th season, but Elway himself has not confirmed that. However, he has said that surgery on his right shoulder would indicate he'll be back.


HENSON DROPS `INTERIM': Lou Henson will have a chance to cross a few more milestones in his coaching career.

The former Illinois coach who has spent this season as interim coach at New Mexico State was hired for the job permanently Thursday.

Henson said he expects to sign a four-year contract soon that will have a base salary of about $140,000 a year.

RANGER JOHN: John Muckler, who led the Edmonton Oilers to a Stanley Cup title in 1990, was hired Thursday as coach of the New York Rangers.

Muckler's appointment was announced at an evening news conference at Madison Square Garden, one day after Colin Campbell was fired after 31/2 seasons with the Rangers. They are a disappointing 17-24-16. Muckler's wife, Audrey, had confirmed the hiring earlier Thursday.


EUROPEAN COMMUNITY: At Antwerp, Belgium, Karol Kucera dashed Pete Sampras' hopes in the Australian Open. On Friday, another victory for the Slovak made sure Sampras keeps his World No. 1 position.


WHITAKER'S SUSPENSION LIFTED: The drug-related suspension of former boxing champion Pernell Whitaker was lifted Friday by the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Commission. Whitaker was suspended after a positive test for cocaine following his victory over Andrei Pestriaev on Oct. 17 at the Pequot's Foxwoods Resort Casino.