FREE SKIING: The Canyons will say "Thank You" to Utah skiers this week by opening the resort to free skiing. Open lifts will be the gondola, Saddleback Express and either Tombstone Express or Snow Canyon. Skiers will be given a free pass each day to access all open lifts. The mid-mountain lodge, Red Pine, will also be open.

Resort hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday and 9 a.m to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

On Saturday, The Canyons will host the "One Last Hurrah," which will include free skiing, a pond-skimming contest, live music and beach volleyball tournament.


AT&T CHALLENGE: At Duluth, Ga., Pete Sampras hopes to parlay his AT&T Challenge victory into a strong clay-court showing at the French Open, the only Grand Slam tournament title he has never won.

The top-ranked Sampras dueled second-seeded Jason Stoltenberg for 2 hours, 40 minutes Sunday before downing the Australian 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to win $45,000 of the $315,000 Challenge purse.

BMW OPEN: In Munich, Germany, Sweden's Thomas Enqvist captured the BMW Open by edging Andre Agassi 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. Agassi was seeking his first tournament win on European clay in 10 years and his third title of the year.

CZECH OPEN: In Prague, Brazil's Fernando Meligeni won his first ATP Tour title in two years, the Czech Open, by defeating home-crowd favorite Slava Dose-del 6-1, 6-4.

GERMAN GRAND PRIX: Martina Hingis captured her first European clay court title by defeating Jana Novotna 6-3, 7-5 at the German Grand Prix in Hamburg. It was the third title of the year for the 17-year-old Swiss and raised her record this season to 25-3.

Auto racing

CALIFORNIA 500: Gas mileage was no problem for Mark Martin this time. A year ago, Martin saw his chance to win the inaugural California 500 disappear when he had to make a late stop for gas. On Sunday, he had more than enough to put away the rest of the field in California 500 in Fontana, Calif., Cafor his third victory of the season.

Martin averaged 140.220 mph on the way to the 25th victory of his Winston Cup career. He won $141,375.


BLOOMSDAY RACE: The third time was the right time for Kenyans Hezron Otwori and Jane Omoro at this year's Lilac Bloomsday race in Spokane, Wash.

Both had run Bloomsday two times entering Sunday's 22nd annual race, each time placing highly but missing victory.

This time was different. Otwori used a midrace breakaway to win the men's competition and Omoro outdistanced American Lynn Jennings on the women's side.

Otwori, last year's runner-up, left the competition behind about four miles into the 12-kilometer (7.46-mile) race through city streets, which drew about 54,000 participants this year.

Otwori finished in 34:23 to take the $7,000 first prize.

AGGIE QUALIFIES FOR NCAAS: Utah State senior Shane Bingham provisionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 1,500 meters during the twilight session at the Oregon Invitational over the weekend.

Bingham ran the race in 3:43.65 and finished third in the race of 15 competitors. The time beat the NCAA qualifying mark of 3:45.50 and also set a new personal record and season best mark for Bingham.

Bingham was the only member of Utah State University's track and field teams at the competition.


TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: Larry H. Miller Toyota fastpitch softball team lost to the Broken Bow Travelers, 3-0, in the elimination game of the Tournament of Champions Sunday afternoon in San Diego.

The Nebraska club, the defending tournament champions, didn't get a hit off Dwayne Dyck until the fifth inning and scored two runs in the sixth, and a run in the seventh. Anthony Farinacci had an RBI single in the sixth, and Dean Taikato had an RBI single in the seventh.

Miller Toyota (9-1), rated No. 3 in the world, had six hits against Traveler pitcher Shane Kirkwood. But they couldn't come up with a clutch hit to score a run.

The Salt Lake team won four of the five games it played. But a big factor in their games was their was Miller Toyota's hitters fanned 58 times in the tournament.

The Travelers also eliminated Page Brake, 6-0, late Saturday night. Page Brake finished with a 2-2 record.