Making a last-ditch effort to retain Carlos Boozer, the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered him a one-year contract worth about $5 million amid reports yesterday that he will part ways with his agent, Rob Pelinka.
The power forward's reputation has taken a beating over the past week after he stunned Cleveland by agreeing to a $68 million offer from the Utah Jazz. Days earlier, the Cavs declined to exercise a $695,000 option on Boozer's contract -- thereby making him a free agent -- in the belief he would accept a six-year, $41 million deal to remain in Cleveland.
But the move backfired when Boozer reneged on a verbal understanding and decided to take $27 million more from Utah.
Boozer's decision has been heavily criticized around the NBA, with agents and team executives saying it has undermined mutual trust. . . .
Antonio McDyess has accepted the Detroit Pistons' four-year, $23 million contract offer. The NBA champions will be able to sign the 6-foot-9 forward on Wednesday when a player movement moratorium expires. . . .
The Trail Blazers signed first-round draft pick Sebastian Telfair. The 19-year-old was selected with the 13th pick in the NBA draft.
* CYCLING: Two riders being investigated in doping cases were ejected from the Tour de France, a decision one of the riders said was "cruel." Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc said Stefano Casagranda of the Saeco team and Martin Hvastija of Alessio were no longer welcome and would not start today's ninth stage.
"I don't understand such a cruel decision," Hvastija said. He suggested that he and Casagranda were unfairly picked on because they are not top performers. Hvastija is 124th in the overall standings, Casagranda 155th.
* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: St. Bonaventure asked a federal judge to throw out a $21.5 million wrongful-dismissal lawsuit filed by former men's basketball coach Jan van Breda Kolff. In the school's first legal response to the suit, lawyer Judy Hernandez argued van Breda Kolff had no basis for his claims and that his contract allowed dismissal without cause.
* TENNIS: Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week's JPMorgan Chase Open in Carson, Calif., citing the need for rest and recuperation. The Chase Open was to have been Sharapova's first American hard-court tournament in her preparation for the U.S. Open.
-- From News Services