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July 11, 1996|From Staff and Wire Reports

The owners of the San Antonio Spurs rejected a $120-million offer to buy the NBA franchise from the former owners of the Houston Rockets.

Gavin and Joe Maloof of Albuquerque had offered $90 million with an additional $30 million for building a new arena.

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Former Clipper guard Glenn "Doc" Rivers announced his retirement after 13 seasons in the NBA to become a TV commentator for Turner Broadcasting.

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Morgan Wootten, coach at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., underwent a liver transplant after collapsing at his basketball camp last week.

The Dallas Mavericks promoted Keith Grant, player personnel director, to vice president of basketball operations.

Tennis

Wimbledon runner-up MaliVai Washington and Olympic champion Marc Rosset were ousted in the first round of the Swiss Open at Gstaad, Switzerland.

Washington lost to Francisco Clavet of Spain, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, and Rosset was beaten by German qualifier Oliver Gross, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

In other matches, defending champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov defeated Spain's Roberto Carretero, 7-5, 6-1; sixth-seeded Alberto Costa of Spain beat Slava Dosedel of the Czech Republic, 6-7 (0-7), 7-5, 7-6 (11-9); Renzo Furlan of Italy defeated Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland, 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4; Argentina's Hernan Gumy beat Emilio Alvarez of Spain, 6-4, 6-3; and Karim Alami of Morocco beat Argentine qualifier Andres Zingman, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Stefan Edberg of Sweden beat American qualifier Jack Waite, 6-2, 6-2, in the first round of the Swedish Open at Bastad, Sweden.

Edberg is playing his last Swedish Open. He will retire after the Stockholm Open in October.

Fifth-seeded Andrei Medvedev of Ukraine downed Alexander Volkov of Russia, 6-3, 6-4, in another first-round match.

Top-seeded Byron Black used a strong serve to defeat South African qualifier Robbie Koenig, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, and advance to the quarterfinals of the Miller Lite Hall of Fame Tennis Championships at Newport, R.I.

Black fared far better than the fourth- and fifth-seeded players in North America's only professional grass-court tournament.

No. 4 Sandon Stolle of Australia lost, 6-2, 6-3, to Marcos Ondruska of South Africa, and No. 5 Patrick Rafter of Australia was beaten by Daniel Nestor of Canada, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8).

The city that barred young Arthur Ashe from its whites-only tennis courts dedicated a monument to him.

The 12-foot bronze statue was unveiled on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va., after more than a year of racially divisive bickering in the former capital of the Confederacy.

Hockey

The Kings signed free agent center Paul DiPietro, 25, who had four goals and eight points in 20 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season.

Free agent goalie Ron Tugnutt of the Washington Capitals has signed an offer sheet with the Ottawa Senators. The Capitals have seven days to try to retain Tugnutt.

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenseman Tuomas Gronman from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Chicago's second-round pick in the 1998 entry draft.

New York Ranger defenseman Ulf Samuelsson turned down an invitation to play on Sweden's WorldCup team next month, Coach Kent Forsberg said.

Samuelsson's wife is expecting the couple's third baby during the tournament that starts Aug. 26.

Jurisprudence

The weapons trial of Green Bay Packer cornerback Tyrone Williams was continued until September in Lincoln, Neb., so that Williams can retain a new attorney.

A San Diego jury awarded $50 in damages to Christy Barsoom, a former topless dancer who claimed she was sexually battered by St. Louis Rams defensive end Leslie O'Neal.

Football

All-pro guard Nate Newton signed a one-year contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys.

The New Orleans Saints reached agreement with safety Sean Lumpkin on a one-year deal. . . . The Cincinnati Bengals waived rookie wide receiver Marlon Estes and claimed quarterback Dave Barr, who was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Names in the News

Riddick Bowe, former heavyweight boxing champion, will fight unbeaten Andrew Golota in a 10-round match tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Rheumatoid arthritis in both feet has forced golfer Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain to withdraw from next week's British Open.

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