ROCKIES TRYOUT: The Colorado Rockies will hold a tryout camp for players ages 16-20 on July 7 at Layton High School. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Legion players must submit a letter of approval from their coach or legion commander. Players must bring their own equipment.Football
BYU HONORS: BYU is ranked in the top 25 nationally by two preseason publications. Athlon Sports has the Cougars tabbed 20th, while The Sporting News has them 22nd. Senior linebacker Rob Morris, meanwhile, is listed on four preseason All-America squads. The growing list includes TSN, Athlon, College & Pro Football News Weekly and College Football News preseason All-America teams.
NO SWISS-SPONSORED CHAMPIONSHIP: Roy Kramer can rattle off plenty of arguments against a Swiss company's college football playoff proposal, and tradition might top the list.
"College football is built on the regular season," said Kramer, coordinator of the Bowl Championship Series and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. "Tennessee-Alabama, Georgia-Florida, Florida-Florida State, USC-Notre Dame, Michigan-Ohio State -- that's the guts of college football, the backbone. If you put your eggs in the playoff basket, we deflate this."
ISL, a Swiss-based marketing and licensing firm, first introduced its plan to Kramer last December. The company's plan called for a playoff system beginning in 2003.
ISL has since met with other conferences in hopes of drawing support for the proposal.
"I'm not here to say there will never be a college football playoff," Kramer said. "But I don't believe it will be run by someone in Switzerland."
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP: The Czech Republic stunned Lithuania 78-62 Monday, while Yugoslavia began the defense of its title with a 20-point victory over Israel on the opening day of the European Championship in Toulouse, France.
Lithuania, which entered the tournament as one of the favorites, stumbled against a team that had last competed in the championship in 1991, when the Czech Republic was still united as Czechoslovakia.
Even the presence of Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis didn't help Lithuania. Sabonis finished with just seven points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes played in the Group D game at Dijon.
Dejan Tomasevic led Yugoslavia to a 81-61 victory with 24 points and 12 rebounds in its opening Group A game in Toulouse.
Vlade Divac, the Sacramento Kings' center, made two free throws to give Yugoslavia a 20-point lead with 3:20 left in the first half, 36-16. Divac had six points and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes of play.
In Group B in Clermond-Ferrand, Russia defeated Slovenia 68-47, while in Group C in Antibes, Turkey beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 57-42, behind 14 points from Hidayet Turkouglu and 11 points and 15 rebounds from Huseyin Besok.
HAWKINS WINS SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Before receiving the NBA's sportsmanship award on Monday, Hersey Hawkins had a confession for commissioner David Stern.
"There were a couple of times in the year where I actually tried to get technicals, but they wouldn't give it to me," said Hawkins, the Seattle SuperSonics guard. "The refs would just walk away."
Hawkins ended up walking away with the league's fourth sportsmanship award, following Joe Dumars, Terrell Brandon and Avery Johnson.
He received 70 of 118 votes by a panel of 31 media members. Eric Snow of Philadelphia was second with 23 votes, Kevin Garnett of Minnesota was third with 18 votes and rookie Vince Carter of Toronto received seven votes.
STARS-BLUES TRADE: Goalie Roman Turek spent less than 24 hours as a member of the Stanley Cup champions.
On Sunday, one day after the Dallas Stars captured the Cup, Turek was dealt to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a third-round pick in the Entry Draft.
The backup to Ed Belfour will be a former member of the Stars during Tuesday's victory parade. But his new general manager said Turek may have the chance to do something in St. Louis he didn't do much in Dallas -- start.