Prized free agent Michael Finley has decided to sign with the San Antonio Spurs.
Phoenix Suns President Bryan Colangelo said he was informed of the decision by Finley's agent, Henry Thomas, yesterday.
"Of course we're disappointed, but to Michael's credit, he didn't just take the money," Colangelo said. "He talked about a chance to win, and ultimately he decided to play for the NBA champions."
The 32-year-old shooting guard was courted by Miami, Phoenix, San Antonio and Minnesota. Each team sent representatives to Chicago to make a pitch to the veteran guard. Miami was considered the favorite, because the Heat could offer the full $5 million mid-level exception and the opportunity to play with Shaquille O'Neal. . . .
Argentina withstood a second-half charge from the United States and then pulled away to an 84-67 victory in the second round of the World Championship qualifying tournament in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The United States (3-2) is tied for third place with Brazil. . . .
In Detroit, Philadelphia 76ers player and former Michigan star Chris Webber was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine nearly two years after he pleaded guilty to a federal criminal contempt charge in the University of Michigan booster scandal.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds fined Webber the maximum allowed after she ruled that Webber's conviction should be treated as a misdemeanor rather than a felony, the U.S. Attorney's office said. . . .
Yao Ming has agreed to terms of a five-year contract extension with the Houston Rockets worth more than $75 million.
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Recently retired Marshall coach Bob Pruett, former Georgia coach Ray Goff and four others were chosen to vote in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, replacing the six panelists who withdrew last week.
Former players Jim Mandich and Joe Jacoby and former college assistant coaches Denny Aldridge and Frank Sadler were also placed on the 114-member panel of former players, coaches and administrators, plus some media members.
* WNBA: The Connecticut Sun, loser of both regular season games on Detroit's home court, beat the host Shock, 73-62, in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. . . . Yolanda Griffith and Nicole Powell each scored 18 points and the Sacramento Monarchs held off a late rally to beat the Sparks, 75-72, in their playoff opener in Los Angeles.
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