ELK FOUNDATION EVENT: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its Salt Lake City auction-dinner May 16.

Proceeds from the event fund a number of Utah projects, including range rehabilitation and land acquisition. The RMEF has spent more than $4.8 million on 125 different wildlife projects in Utah.

Bill Christensen, the Utah representative, said the auction will include a number of wildlife art-works as well as equipment and tours.

The RMEF will also present two $1,500 scholarships to Utah college students. The two recipients are Kevin Bunnell of BYU and Julie Stiver of Utah State.

"Only 10 scholarships were presented nationally, so to have two winners in Utah is pretty exceptional," said Christensen.

The event will be in the Grand Ballroom at the Utah State Fairgrounds. For information call 277-6502.


STARZZ INVITEES: The Utah Starzz have invited three players from last week's free-agent tryout camp, including BYU's Kari Gallup, to participate in their 16-player training camp that begins with physicals Monday and lasts through May 22.

Filling out the training camp roster will be 6-0 guard Gallup, the NCAA 3-point shooting champion, plus 6-3 Teresa Hinz from Colorado State and Samantha Thom-lin-son of Troy State. Also invited to camp is Tracey Conners.

HAMILTON STAYING AT UCONN: Connecticut sophomore Richard Hamilton, the Big East's player of the year, said Saturday he has decided to stay in school another year rather than leave for the NBA.

EX-VA. TECH PLAYER ACCUSED OF THEFT: A former Virginia Tech basketball player who planned to transfer to another school has been charged with six counts of theft.

Jesus J. Rodriguez, 20, of Puerto Rico was charged Friday with three counts each of felony grand larceny and misdemeanor larceny. He is being held without bond because authorities fear he will flee to the Caribbean.

Police say Rodriguez stole at least $3,000 in jewelry and other items from six students on April 22, and stole a watch and compact discs from a campus dormitory.

SAMPSON OFFERED PREP JOB: Former University of Virginia and NBA star Ralph Sampson has been offered a high school boys basketball coaching job in Smithfield, Va.


SHOTS FIRED AT LPGA EVENT: Doug Brecht wasn't worried when he heard gunshots near the second fairway Saturday during the second round of the Sara Lee Classic women's golf tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

There's a target-shooting course near the Hermitage Golf Course.

Then a shot whistled through the trees.

"At that point, I called security," the tournament official said.

A few people reportedly ducked, but play never stopped as police searched through the trees and at the banks of the nearby Cumberland River. The off-target shooter was not found.

Horse racing

SKIP AWAY WINS PIMLICO: Skip Away overcame a stiff breeze, a wet track and four other horses Saturday in Baltimore to win the $750,000 Pimlico Special in a brilliant wire-to-wire run.

Auto racing

BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL: At Loudon, N.H., a patient Buckshot Jones overcame a broken radiator and came from last place to win the 200-mile Busch Grand National NASCAR race Saturday at the New Hampshire International Speedway.

BRAZIL 400: Scotsman Dario Franchitti won the second pole of his Indy-car career, edging Italian Alex Zanardi on Saturday for the top spot in the Brazil 400 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Zurich, Switzerland, Finland scored two power-play goals in the last two minutes Saturday and tied Canada 3-3 in the second round of the World Ice Hockey Cham-pion-ships.

In other second-round games Saturday, Radek Belohlav scored his tournament-leading sixth goal as Olympic champion Czech Republic remained unbeaten with a 3-1 victory over Switzerland, Sweden beat Belarus 2-1 and Russia defeated Slovakia 6-1.

NIEUWENDYK HAS KNEE SURGERY: Dallas Stars center Joe Nieuwendyk will miss the start of next season following major surgery on both knees.

The Stars' regular-season leading scorer has been out of the line-up since April 22.

Track & field

MODESTO RELAYS: Swirling winds frustrated Stacy Dragila's attempts to eclipse her own American pole vault record. That didn't stop her from winning the event for the second straight year at Saturday's 57th Modesto Relays in Modesto, Calif.

Dragila won with a vault of 14 feet, 51/4 inches, two inches shy of her record jump at the Modesto meet last year.