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Packers' Sharpe unhappy with contract

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Sterling Sharpe, Green Bay's All-Pro wide receiver, may leave the Packers if the team does not readjust his contract before Sunday's season opener against Minnesota, a published report indicated.

The Milwaukee Sentinel reported today that Sharpe's agent, William Black, confirmed the Packers and Sharpe have held intense discussions over Sharpe's 10-year contract and that a resolution did not appear close.

Sharpe has seven years left on the contract he signed in 1991. He is due to make $1.3 million in base salary this season.

Hawks may hold Manning's slot open

ATLANTA - Atlanta Hawks president Stan Kasten says the team will almost certainly not replace Danny Manning's salary slot before a court ruling on the NBA's one-year-and-out salary cap issue.

The NBA has asked Judge Dickinson Debevoise to rule the one-year opt-out clause illegal when it is clearly used to circumvent a salary cap. The Hawks hold a $3.5 million salary slot, reflecting Manning's 1993-94 salary. Kasten offered Manning $35 million over seven years in an effort to sign him quickly.

The free-agent forward rejected the offer, saying he did not believe the Hawks had the ability to win a championship. He announced he will play next season in Phoenix, although the Suns can afford to pay him only $1 million.

That would appear to indicate Manning and the Suns have an opt-out agreement.


Officials for basketball sought

The Salt Lake Officials Association is looking for people to referee Salt Lake County Recreation Department and Junior Jazz basketball games. Anyone interested can attend meetings Sept. 12 and 19 at 6 p.m. in the County Commission chambers, 2001 S. State. Training is available.

Summerhays takes 2nd at Japan Cup

Farmington's Daniel Summerhays placed second at the Japan Cup World Junior Golf Championships in Nagoya, Japan last weekend in the 10-year-old division. Summerhays had a 54-hole total of 224 on scores of 76, 74 and 74. The winning score was by Matthew Rosenfeld of Dallas, 214.