SKI TEAM MEMBER RETIRES: Matt Grosjean, a three-time Olympian and 10-year member of the U.S. Ski Team, has announced his retirement from the team.

Grosjean, 27, was ninth in America's Opening World Cup slalom at Park City in 1992 and was fourth in combined last January at Wengen, Switzerland. He earned three U.S. slalom championships.


GRAF ENTERS U.S. OPEN: Steffi Graf will seek her sixth U.S. Open women's singles title this year.

The German right-hander has officially entered the year's final Grand Slam tournament, the U.S. Tennis Association announced Thursday.

This will be Graf's first U.S. Open since she won the 1996 women's singles title over Monica Seles. She missed last year's tournament after undergoing knee surgery.


DREW SIGNS WITH CARDS: J.D. Drew, who refused to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies last season but was picked again in the first round of this year's draft by St. Louis, has signed with the Cardinals.

Cardinals spokesman Brian Bartow confirmed today that Drew has signed with the team. Terms were not disclosed but the deal is believed to be worth about $7 million over four years.

Drew, 22, had been seeking an $11 million contract, unprecedented for a player with no big league experience.

AUSTRALIANS EDGE U.S.: Australia's national baseball team scored early and held on for a 6-5 victory over Team USA, whose late rally fell short Thursday night.

VAUGHN, PALMER TO SIT OUT: Boston Red Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn will not attend next week's All-Star Game because of a strained right hamstring. He was replaced on the roster by Baltimore first baseman Rafael Pal-miero.

Palmeiro has appeared in two All-Star games, last in 1991 with Texas. The AL player of the month is hitting .300 with 26 homers and 72 RBIs.

Kansas City Royals third baseman Dean Palmer will miss his first All-Star game after being hit by a pitch in the left elbow by St. Louis' Juan Acevedo.

PLAYERS OF MONTH: Chicago's Sammy Sosa was NL player of the month, hitting a record 20 homers, 40 RBIs and an .842 slugging percentage.

Atlanta's Greg Maddux was pitcher of the month, going 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA.


LOBO GETS PROBATION: New Mexico linebacker Ryan Taylor, who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of assault and battery, was placed on one year's pro-bation.

State District Judge W. John Brennan imposed probation during a hearing Thursday.

The charges against the junior, who had 11 sacks last season, stemmed from an April 5 incident in which Taylor was accused of hitting and choking his girlfriend.

MCCOMBS BUYS VIKINGS: With a bid that blew away local favorite Glen Taylor, several other bidders and 10 current owners, Red McCombs agreed to buy the Vikings for about $250 million, including $40 million in debt.

A former owner of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets, McCombs twice has failed to bring an NFL franchise to San Antonio, where he lives. He promised to keep the team in Minnesota.

Auto racing

PEPSI 400 POSTPONED: The Pepsi 400, the first night NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway, was postponed because of Florida wildfires burning out of control.

Saturday's holiday race was billed as the largest night sports event ever. All 143,000 grandstand seats were sold out, and fans were already lining up when the race was rescheduled for Oct. 17. All tickets will be honored then.

Horse racing

ALYDAR GROOM CONVICTED: A former groom for Alydar was convicted of lying to a grand jury investigating the 1990 death of the famed race horse, which was insured for $36.5 million.

Alton Stone was convicted on two counts of making a false statement to a grand jury investigating whether Alydar's death was engineered to collect insurance money.


McCARTHY SEEKS JOB: Neil McCarthy, who lost his job at New Mexico State despite winning more games than any other coach in school history, has applied for the coaching job at Sam Houston State University, his attorney said.

HARRICK HIRING HELD UP: The University of Rhode Island announced Thursday that it has asked the state Ethics Commission for an advisory opinion on whether men's basketball coach Jim Har-rick can hire his son, 33-year-old Jim Harrick Jr., as an assistant coach.

The university, which filed the request Wednesday, wants to find out if the Harricks would be barred from working together under the state's anti-nepotism rules.


UTAHNS AT WORLD GAMES: Four Utah wrestlers will help represent the United States in Greco-Roman competition at the 1998 World Youth Games, July 8-19 in Moscow.

The four are: Ashton Buswell of Pleasant View and Weber High (69-kilogram division), Cam Jones of Salt Lake City and Brighton High , Josh Lamano of Layton and Layton High , and Zach Lamano of Layton and Central Davis Middle School .


MILLER SWEEPS A PAIR: Larry H. Miller Toyota men's major fastpitch softball team improved to 36-8 this season by sweeping the Seattle Slade Group, 2-1, and 5-2, Wednesday night at the Hidden Valley Park in Bellevue, Wash.

Brandon Burt's two-run home run in the first inning of the opener held up to win the game for Miller Toyota, because of Peter Meredith's one-hitter, 16-strikeout pitching performance.

Meredith improved his record to 16-3, with a 1.23 ERA this season.

In the second game, Miller Toyota trailed, 2-0, until erupting for five runs in the fourth inning.