Richardson likes 76ers, may leave Italian team
Lured by more money and a chance to erase his drug-tarnished past, Micheal Ray Richardson said yesterday he will sign with the Philadelphia 76ers unless his Italian team matches the offer.
Officials of Knorr Bologna said they would hold Richardson to his contract.
Richardson met briefly with team executives in Bologna last night, and they agreed to begin full-scale talks today.
Richardson, who is in his third season with Knorr, is under a two-year contract that pays him $550,000 a year. He said the 76ers have offered him a guaranteed, two-year deal worth $800,000 a season.
Sixers owner Harold Katz has said the team was interested in Richardson, but said it was premature to say the 76ers would sign him.
Katz said that if Richardson is proven drug-free and can still play at the NBA level, "he'd be the best point guard we could get without giving up any part of our team."
English golfers Mark James and Richard Boxall faltered slightly but maintained their lead halfway through the World Cup of Golf at Orlando, Fla.
James shot a one-under-par 71 and Boxall had a 69 for a 276 total -- one stroke ahead of Spain and two better than Payne Stewart and Jodie Mudd of the United States in the two-man international team competition.
* Larry Nelson shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Casio World Open at Kaimoncho, Japan.
* American Sandy Armour scored a double-eagle on the par-5 ninth hole en route to a 7-under-par 64 and the first-round lead in the Australian PGA tournament at Sydney.
American Pernell Whitaker retained his World Boxing Association Cruiserweight champion Robert Daniels retained his crown by fighting to a draw with former champion Taoufik Belbouli at the Madrid Sports Palace.
Parker Bohn III of Freehold, N.J., led after the third round of the Professional Bowlers Association American Bowling Congress Fall Classic at Milwaukee. Bohn had 4,004 pins through 18 games. Pete Weber of Florissant, Mo., was second with 3,986 pins.
Only four candidates from an original list of 40 remain in strong contention to replace Mike Archer as coach at Louisiana State, the Times-Picayune reported yesterday.
The four are Dick Sheridan of North Carolina State, Bobby Ross of third-ranked Georgia Tech, Southern Mississippi coach Curley Hallman and former Pittsburgh coach Mike Gottfried.
"All I can say is that I'm close," said LSU athletic director Joe Dean. "I really know what I want to do. I know who I want, but I've just got to work it all out."