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GOLD FOR SCHLOPY: Park City's Erik Schlopy captured the gold medal in the giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships Monday. His roommate, Bode Miller, settled for silver. The result stopped Miller's bid to become the first skier in 44 years with four titles at nationals. Schlopy finished in 2 minutes, 24.64 seconds in temperatures in the 40s, which contributed to the deteriorating snow conditions at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y. Miller finished 0.31 behind. Jesse Marshall finished third, followed by Vonn Thomas and Jake Zamansky.


JOHNSON EXTENDS: Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a $33 million, two-year contract extension through the 2005 season, when the left-hander turns 42. Johnson's $16.5 million average annual salary will be the highest ever for a pitcher, topping the $15.45 million Roger Clemens averaged with the New York Yankees in 2001 and 2002.


VIKES SIGN LB: The Minnesota Vikings made their biggest free agent acquisition of the offseason, signing former Detroit linebacker Chris Claiborne to a two-year deal. Terms of the deal weren't released.

DIGGS LEAVING PACK: Restricted free-agent linebacker Na'il Diggs has signed an offer sheet to leave the Green Bay Packers and join Detroit. Lions spokesman Matt Barnhart said that the Lions signed Diggs to an offer sheet for a four-year deal Saturday.


NAISMITH HONOREES: Texas sophomore T.J. Ford and Connecticut junior Diana Taurasi won the Naismith Awards as the top college basketball players in the country. Ford, a 5-foot-10 guard, leads the Longhorns in scoring (15), assists (7.4), and steals (1.96) per game. Taurasi, a 6-foot guard, is 12th on the Huskies' all-time scoring list with 1,452 points.

WYOMING GONE: Melvin Scott scored a career-high 20 points and Raymond Felton added 14 assists to lead North Carolina past Wyoming 90-74 in the National Invitational Tournament. The Tar Heels (19-15) can clinch another 20-victory season in the quarterfinals against Georgetown, which beat Providence 67-58. The Hoyas play in Chapel Hill Wednesday.


VENUS FALLING: Venus Williams lost to fellow American Meghann Shaughnessy 7-6 (2), 6-1 at the Nasdaq-100 Open. The fourth-round upset spoiled a potential quarterfinal showdown between Williams and No. 6 Jennifer Capriati. Advancing instead was Shaughnessy, who is seeded 23rd and beat Williams for only the second time in their seven meetings.


ELS SIDELINED: Ernie Els withdrew from The Players Championship on Tuesday after injuring his right wrist two weeks ago while working out with a punching bag at his home in London. Els already has won four times this year. His absence comes one day after third-ranked Phil Mickelson withdrew because his wife recently gave birth to their third child. Els is expected to play in the Masters in two weeks.