POLICY JOINS BROWNS BIDDERS: Former San Francisco 49ers president Carmen Policy didn't wait to begin looking for another NFL home.

Policy announced his resignation from the 49ers on Wednesday and then headed to Cleveland to join a bid by billionaire banker Al Lerner to buy the expansion Cleveland Browns franchise.

Policy told The Plain Dealer in a phone call from his Cleveland-bound flight that he would be a part owner, president and chief executive officer if Lerner and he succeed in buying the team.

"If the Lerner-Policy partnership can become owners of the Cleveland Browns, that will be a dream come true for this kid from the streets," said Policy, who grew up in Youngstown.


THE CANYONS OPENS THIS WEEKEND: The Canyons ski area will open for the 24th weekend for scenic rides on the Flight of the Canyon gondola, hiking and summer dining at the Red Pine Lodge.

The gondola will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult tickets are $7, children 6 to 12 are $3 and those 5 and under are free. Because of construction on the mountain, no biking will be allowed. The lodge will be open during the same hours. Hiking will be permitted on designated trails.


UTAH ASA TOURNAMENT: Two girls softball teams will be heading to Colorado Springs later this week after winning titles at the Utah ASA tournament last week.

Pegasus of Ogden defeated the Thurnderbirds to win the 18-under division, while the Utah Lady Warriors defeated the Bulldogs in the 16-under division.


BYU HIRES EX-SPIKER: Heather Whitaker Barlow, a former member of BYU's WAC champion volleyball team, has accepted a position as assistant marketing director in the BYU athletic department.

U.'S HACKETT ON NCAA COMMITTEES: University of Utah associate athletics director and senior women's administrator Amy Hackett has been placed on two NCAA Committees. Hackett, a member of the NCAA Women's Soccer Committee since 1993, is its new chairperson. It will be a two-year term. She was also named to the executive committee for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

Y. HIRES GOLF ASSISTANT: Sue Billek Nyhus, a former BYU golfer and recipient of the Spirit of Sport Award, will return to her alma mater as an assistant to her former coach Gary Howard, announced BYU's women's athletic director, Elaine Michaelis.


JACKSON LEAVES YANKS: In the latest turn in a long-running love-hate relationship with owner George Steinbrenner, Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson quit his advisory job with the New York Yankees and will not participate in the Old Timers' Day on Saturday.

HARNISCH, REDS REACH DEAL: The growing trade talk surrounding Pete Harnisch ended when he agreed to a new $10 million deal which could keep him with the Cincinnati Reds through 2001.


TOUR DE FRANCE: At Plateau De Beille, France, Jan Ullrich retained the overall lead in Tour de France, though Bobby Julich cut seven seconds off the margin.

Marco Pantani took the 105-mile 11th stage from Luchon to Plateau de Beille, once again breaking away from Ullrich's group for the final climb in the Pyrenees. Roland Meier, who built a lead of more than 5 minutes during the day, was second, 1:26 behind Pantani, with Julich third, 1:33 behind, and Ullrich eighth, 1:40 back.


`DORM-GATE' IS CLOSED: The case is closed on who trashed NHL players' dorm rooms at the Winter Olympics in Japan, without the culprits being identified. U.S. Olympic Committee executive director Dick Schultz said he saw no chance of finding out who did an estimated $3,000 damage to three Olympic Village rooms in Nagano last February.


LEGG MASON CLASSIC: At Washington, top-seeded Michael Chang and No. 2 Andre Aggasi breezed to second-round victories in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Chang defeated Michael Sell 6-2, 6-3 and Agassi continued his success against David Wheaton with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

MERCEDES CUP: At Stuttgart, Germany, top-seeded Marcelo Rios beat Jens Knippschild 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in the upset-filled second round of the Mercedes Cup. Second-seeded Carlos Moya, No. 5 Karol Kucera, No. 6 Albert Costa, No. 7 Felix Mantilla, Boris Becker and Magnus Gustafsson also advanced to the third round.