NICKLAUS' MAJOR EFFORT TO END: As he ends his streak of 154 consecutive majors by missing the British Open, Jack Nicklaus now says he won't play any of golf's biggest tournaments after 2000.

"It's my full intention to play all four majors in the year 2000," the 58-year-old Nicklaus said Monday. "Then that will be the end of my playing golf period. We've all got to stop some time, and I don't think it's any big deal."


ZIMMERMAN RETIRES - AGAIN: Denver Broncos veteran offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman said he would retire again if the team won the Super Bowl. Now he's done it.

Zimmerman, 36, on Monday confirmed his decision to The Denver Post, saying he informed Broncos coach Mike Shanahan last week that last season, his 12th, was his last.

COWBOYS MOVES: The Dallas Cowboys signed their top draft pick, gave tight end Eric Bjornson a two-year contract, cut running back Sherman Williams on Monday in transactions before the start of training camp.

Defensive end Greg Ellis of North Carolina, the No. 8 pick in the NFL draft, signed a six-year, $11.5 million contract that included a $5.4 million signing bonus.

Dallas failed to invite to camp return specialist Herschel Walker and special teams star Bill Bates, who has played for the Cowboys for 15 years.

BENGALS' SEALS TO RETIRE: Defensive end Ray Seals, a 10-year NFL veteran, has told the Cincinnati Bengals he intends to retire.

REDSKINS SIGN TOP PICK: Oklahoma tight end Stephen Alexander, the Washington Redskins' top draft choice, signed a four-year contract totaling $1.9 million Monday.


CAPS RE-SIGN HUNTER: Dale Hunter, the captain of the Washington Capitals the past four seasons, signed for one more season with the team, The Washington Post reported in Tuesday's editions. Sources said the one-year contract is for $1.1 million.

HURRICANES SIGN FRANCIS: Ron Francis, ninth on the NHL's career scoring list with 1,434 points, signed a reported four-year, $20.8 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Performance incentives could push the deal to $6 million a season for the star center, who earned $1.9 million with Pittsburgh last season.


BOWLING WORKSHOP: The USA Bowling Certified Coaching Program is coming to Salt Lake City Wednesday and Thursday for a Bronze Level Conference. Those who successfully complete the program will be trained and certified by USA Bowling.

Cost to attend the workshop is $270. For registration information, contact Cary Pon at 404-423-3237.


HOLYFIELD-AKINWANDE BACK ON?: A major hurdle in the rescheduling of Evander Holyfield's title defense against Henry Akinwande has been cleared, meaning the fight could be back on after being canceled in June, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today.