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GRIZZ GET TRIO: The Dallas Stars on Friday assigned defensemen Mark Wotton and Garrett Stafford and center Warren Peters to the Utah Grizzlies, the team's American Hockey League affiliate. The Stars also released Shawn Degagne to Amarillo of the Central Hockey League and Brett Lutes to St. Thomas University.


ANDERSON SIGNS: Kenny Anderson signed Friday with the Indiana Pacers, who want greater depth at point guard.

Anderson, who turns 33 next month, was a free agent and joined his seventh team since entering the league in 1991. He averaged 6.1 points and 3.2 assists last season while playing with Seattle and New Orleans.

CAVS CUT ROCKERS: The Cleveland Cavaliers cut ties with the Cleveland Rockers on Friday, putting the WNBA team's future in question.

Cavaliers owner Gordon Gund cited low attendance for the decision, saying he could not find a way to make the team profitable. The WNBA will attempt to find a new owner for the Rockers, league spokeswoman Traci Cook said.

FUNDERBURKE SIDELINED: Sacramento Kings forward Lawrence Funderburke will be sidelined at least six months after having surgery on his left Achilles' tendon.

Funderburke, who missed 16 games last season because of foot problems, had surgery Monday at the Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, team officials said Friday.


TOUR OF SPAIN: Isidro Nozal won the 13th-stage time trial in the Tour of Spain and extended his overall to more than three minutes Friday.

Nozal, riding for ONCE, finished the 32.9-mile time trial in and around Albacete in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds to retain the leader's yellow jersey for the ninth straight stage.

David Millar of Britain was second, 13 seconds behind, followed by Russia's Serguei Ivanov, 40 seconds back.


RAWSON DIES: Tommy Rawson, a former boxer, state commissioner and coach who worked for decades to promote safety in the ring, died at 94. He died Tuesday at Wakefield-Melrose Hospital in Boston.

Rawson, a third-generation fighter, won the national amateur junior lightweight championship in 1929 and was professional lightweight champ of New England in 1936. He coached boxing at Harvard for decades, stopping only after he was in his 90s.