Agent Says Mavericks Interested In Rodman

Posted: January 11, 2000

Dennis Rodman lost the earrings and dyed hair, and suddenly the NBA came calling.

Steve Chasman, the agent for the eccentric rebounding champion, said yesterday that the Dallas Mavericks were one of three NBA teams that wanted Rodman, the Associated Press reported. He did not identify the other teams.

The agent said the interest followed Rodman's appearance on the Tonight Show on Jan. 3. He said Rodman's "sincerity and desire to play again" came through during his interview with Jay Leno.

Mark Cuban, in the process of buying the Mavericks, told the Dallas Morning News on Sunday that he was considering a run at the 38-year-old power forward, a Dallas native and seven-time NBA rebounding champion.

The Chicago Bulls placed guard B.J. Armstrong on the injured list with an ailing knee and signed Chris Carr to a 10-day contract to help fill the backcourt void.

The Boston Celtics placed rookie forward Adrian Griffin on the injured list and activated forward Walter McCarty.

Griffin sprained his right ankle in the first quarter of Saturday night's loss at Chicago.

He had started all 32 games this season and led the team with 7.3 rebounds a game. He also was averaging 9.5 points and 3.4 assists. Soccer

In its second game since its star players began a boycott over wages, the U.S. women's team tied Sweden, 0-0, at the Australia Cup in Melbourne.

The Americans opened with an 8-1 win over the Czech Republic on Friday and next meet Australia on Thursday in Adelaide.

Sailing

AmericaOne edged Prada by eight seconds in the America's Cup challenger semifinals in what could be a preview of the two-boat finals.

In other races off Auckland, New Zealand, Stars and Stripes kept pace with the front-runners with a 19-second win over Le Defi Francais, while Nippon scored a 1 minute, 20-second win over America True.

Baseball

Carlton Fisk and Tony Perez are considered the leading candidates for election to the Hall of Fame when results are announced at 2 p.m. today.

Relievers Goose Gossage and Jeff Reardon and starting pitcher Jack Morris lead the list of 14 first-timers on the ballot. Gary Carter, Tommy John and Bruce Sutter also are among the 30 eligible players.

Aaron Sele, his deal with Baltimore having fallen apart, agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Seattle Mariners, the Associated Press said.

Sele, a 29-year-old righthander, had reached a tentative agreement Friday on a four-year, $29 million contract with the Orioles, a deal that contained $8 million deferred without interest. But the contract was never completed.

Hockey

Phantoms center Peter White was named the AHL player of the week.

Also, members of the Phantoms will be at the Costello Elementary School in Gloucester tomorrow for the team's second school youth assembly program of the year.

Noteworthy

Jennifer Capriati set up a second-round clash with Russia's Anna Kournikova by cruising to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Sandrine Testud of France in her opening match at the Adidas International in Sydney, Australia.

Kournikova overcame a stuttering service game in the opening set to dispose of Belgium's Sabine Appelmans, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.

Karrie Webb was named the 1999 player of the year as the LPGA celebrated its Night of Champions in Palm Beach, Fla.

Mi Hyun Kim was named the 1999 rookie of the year.

Monica Seles, a four-time Australian Open champion, has been forced to withdraw from the Open, the first Grand Slam tennis event of the new year, because of a foot injury.

A judge in Newark, N.J., agreed to unseal some of the evidence that led prosecutors to charge Robert W. Lee Sr., the founder of the International Boxing Federation, and others with taking $338,000 in bribes to rig its boxing rankings.

Lee, who is to stand trial this spring, opposed the request by the Los Angeles Times, arguing that media reports about the evidence would hamper efforts to find an impartial jury.

U.S. District Judge John W. Bissell disagreed, ruling that there was a "strong presumption" of public access and that he would review documents, audio and videotapes to determine which could be released.

Lee has denied wrongdoing.

Buoyed by the success of the inaugural Golden Spike Tour in 1999, USA Track & Field announced a five-meet schedule for the 2000 indoor season - one more meet than last year.

The Tour will begin Jan. 29 with the D.C. Invitational, in Fairfax, Va. It will be followed by the Millrose Games, on Feb. 4, in New York; the Tyson Invitational, on Feb. 12, in Fayetteville, Ark.; the Golden Spike Invitational, on Feb. 19, in Pocatello, Idaho; and the USA Track & Field Championships, on March 3 and 4, in Atlanta.

Bob Baffert has been fired as the trainer of horses owned by Aaron Jones, an Oregon lumber magnate who had been one of Baffert's biggest clients.

Jones, who has employed several trainers in more than 25 years as a thoroughbred owner, couldn't be reached for comment. However, he was known to be unhappy that Baffert wasn't convinced that Forest Camp was a genuine candidate for the Kentucky Derby.

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