JONES CRUISES: At Boise, Idaho, a playful, far-fresher Roy Jones Jr. frustrated tired champion Prince Badi Ajamu to win the NABO light heavyweight title Saturday night.

All three judges scored the fight 119-106 for Jones.

Announced as "arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in boxing history" before the his first fight in 10 months, Jones (50-4) was merely the greater fighter in the Qwest Arena ring to win his sixth belt in four different weight classes.

He withstood Ajamu's immediate, wild flurry that began the fight and controlled the final 11 round — with repeated body shots early and head blows late — for his first win in four bouts.


JEFFRIES SIGNS N.Y. OFFER: The New York Knicks signed Washington forward Jared Jeffries to an offer sheet believed to be for about $30 million over five years, according to published reports Saturday.

The Knicks gave Jeffries, a restricted free agent, the maximum midlevel salary-cap exception Friday night. The Wizards will have seven days to match the offer and keep the former Indiana star, who averaged 6.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 77 games last season.

Washington's window doesn't begin until the Knicks submit the offer sheet to the league — expected to be on Monday, according to the New York Times and New York Post.

"We have not received an offer, and if or when we do, we will have a week to explore all our options to determine our course of action," Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld told the Post.

Horse racing

BERNARDINI MAKES POINT: Bernardini will not be overlooked again. The brilliant 3-year-colt outclassed the field in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, proving to just about everyone that his victory in the Preakness Stakes was no fluke.

"I guess there was a lot of doubt in people's minds about the Preakness," winning trainer Tom Albertrani said. "Today, he showed us what a really good horse he is. I wasn't really surprised."