NFL SIGNINGS: Just more than two years to the day after tossing him out on the street, the San Diego Chargers welcomed back running back Natrone Means with a $19.1 million, six-year contract.

Also, free agent running back Ricky Watters signed a four-year contract, $13 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks.


WIllIAMS HONORED: Portland Power center Natalie Williams, who led the American Basketball League in scoring and rebounding this season, was named the league's most valuable player Wednesday.

The former Taylorsville High School and UCLA star averaged 21.9 points and 11.6 rebounds.


TRADES: The Philadelphia Flyers acquired goalie Sean Burke from the Vancouver Canucks for backup goalie Garth Snow. And meanwhile, Chicago traded defenseman Keith Carney and right wing Jim Cummins to Phoenix for center Chad Kilger and defenseman Jay More.


CONNORS IS FAME-OUS: Jimmy Connors, who dominated tennis for more than a decade, was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Connors, ranked in the world's top 10 for 16 consecutive years, was chosen over Francoise Durr of France, Ken McGregor of Australia and American Nancy Richey in a vote by international tennis media.

UTAH BEATS WEBER: The Utah women's tennis team downed in-state rival Weber State 8-1, sweeping the singles portion with wins by Anna Svedenhov, Linda Engblom, Megan Payne, Angie Olson, Rebecca Rushforth and Heidi Thomas.

In doubles, Weber State's duo of Loni Kuhn and Mette Damsgaard gave the Wildcats their only team point as they downed Utah's tandem of Heidi Thomas and Engblom 8-7 (7-3).

The win was Utah's fifth in a row and raises its overall record to 7-4.