Pro basketball `Mailman' delivers message to Jazz...

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July 02, 2000

Pro basketball

`Mailman' delivers message to Jazz: Don't rebuild with him

Karl Malone wants no part of a youth movement with the Utah Jazz.

According to the "Mailman," teammate John Stockton and coach Jerry Sloan plan to retire after next season.

And Malone told Salt Lake City television station KSTU that he doesn't want to end his stellar career on a team under construction.

"I've been involved in the so-called rebuilding process, when I got here," Malone said in an interview broadcast Friday night. "I don't want to go through it again, I really don't. I'm not bitter about it at all. I understand it. But when that situation comes up, you have to look at your options."

Malone, 36, is a two-time league MVP who has played 15 NBA seasons, all with the Jazz. Last August, after signing a four-year, $67 million contract, he said he planned to end his career in Utah.

Malone, Stockton and Sloan have been together since Malone's rookie season in 1985-86. Stockton, now 38, was in his second year and Sloan was an assistant to then-coach Frank Layden.

WNBA: Nikki McCray scored 18 points last night to lead the Washington Mystics (7-7) to a 78-74 victory over host Charlotte, the Sting's WNBA-record ninth consecutive home loss.

Charlotte (2-13) has lost five straight and 18 of its past 20 regular-season games, dating to last season. The nine straight home losses breaks the mark of eight straight, held by Washington.

Soccer

Euro final pits flashy France against organized Italy

A team hungry to win meets a side desperate not to lose in the European Soccer Championship final today in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

France has reached the Euro 2000 title game in style, adding attacking prowess to the defensive stability that was the foundation of its World Cup triumph two years ago. If anyone can stop the French, though, it is the superbly organized, if not spectacular, Italians.

"The Italians don't really produce an attractive game," said Patrick Vieira, who had a brief, unhappy spell at Italian club AC Milan before transferring to England's Arsenal. "All that matters to the Italians is to defend well. After that, they leave three players to take care of matters up front."

Italy has the toughest defense in the competition, having conceded only two goals in five games.

Hockey

Carbonneau, 3-time winner of Selke, retires at age 40

Dallas Stars center Guy Carbonneau, a three-time Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward, retired.

Carbonneau spent the last five seasons with Dallas, winning the Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999. He spent 13 seasons playing for the Montreal Canadiens, who won the Cup in 1986 and '93. He also played 42 games for the St. Louis Blues in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season.

Carbonneau had 260 goals and 403 assists in 1,318 regular-season games, and 38 goals and 55 assists in 231 playoff games.

At 40, Carbonneau was the league's oldest player last season.

PANTHERS: Free-agent center Igor Larionov, who spent five seasons with the Red Wings and helped them win two Stanley Cups, signed a one-year deal worth $1.8 million with a club option for 2001-2002 at $2 million.

Larionov, 39, chose Florida over the Flames. He's expected to be used on the Panthers' top line, with NHL goals leader Pavel Bure.

Auto racing

No mechanical failure in Petty crash, NASCAR says

NASCAR officials found no sign of mechanical failure in the car Adam Petty was driving when he crashed and was killed in May.

The 19-year-old, fourth-generation member of the Petty racing family died when he struck a wall at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Manchester while practicing for the Busch 200.

Crew chiefs said his throttle may have stuck, but NASCAR senior vice president Mike Helton said there was no evidence to support that theory.

CART FEDEX MARCONI GRAND PRIX OF CLEVELAND: Roberto Moreno, a 41-year-old Brazilian racer who leaped into the points lead with a career-best runner-up finish last Sunday in Portland, Ore., added to his margin yesterday with his first pole after a lap of 131.570 mph.

Moreno, who earned a point for leading qualifying to double his lead over countryman Gil de Ferran, will be out front today.

FORMULA ONE FRENCH GRAND PRIX: Formula One points leader Michael Schumacher won his third straight pole, turning a lap of 125.746 mph in Magny-Cours.

NASCAR BUSCH SEARS DIEHARD 250: Series leader Jeff Green took his fifth pole position of the year, turning a lap at 121.572 mph at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.

Et cetera

Former Redskin James dead of cancer at 66

Dick James, the former University of Oregon and Washington Redskins running back, died of prostate cancer Wednesday at Providence Medford Medical Center in Grants Pass, Ore.

He was 66. James, one of the NFL's smallest players at 5 feet 9 and 175 pounds, played for the Redskins from 1956 to 1963, spent 1964 with the New York Giants and played four games for the Minnesota Vikings in 1965.

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