The Phoenix Suns, in a high-risk waiting game as the number of free agents dwindled in the NBA's post-lockout signing frenzy, landed the player they wanted Saturday when Tom Gugliotta agreed to a six-year, $58.5 million deal.
Gugliotta turned down a last-ditch effort by Minnesota to re-sign him, and possibly trade him, and was to be in Phoenix for practice today.
The signing was crucial to the Suns after losing power forward Antonio McDyess to Denver.
The agreement cleared the way for the final two major moves the Suns must make, re-signing Rex Chapman and Clifford Robinson (Riverside). The Suns expect to get both under contract in the next few days.
Gugliotta will get $7.8 million the first year, with a 10 percent increase each year thereafter. The 6-foot-10 Gugliotta averaged 20.1 points per game last season, but missed 41 games because of foot surgery.
Austrian finish 1-2-3
KITZBUEHEL, Austria -- Hans Knauss led an Austrian sweep of the podium on their very own Streif -- the most dangerous and prestigious course in the world -- for his first career World Cup downhill victory.
In a spectacular display of aggression, the 27-year-old Austrian tamed the wild, fearsome Streif, the same course which ended teammate Patrick Ortlieb's career on Thursday, in 1 minute, 54.18 seconds.
"This victory on the Streif has the same value as a world championship title," Knauss said. "It's a childhood dream come true.
Teammate Peter Rzehak, starting 23rd, blitzed down to finish second, just .15 behind.
Shoving out of the start hut when most believed the podium was already decided, Rzehak posted the fastest intermediate time, as Knauss watched anxiously from the bottom.
Austria's Werner Franz crossed third in 1:54.35.
Ortlieb officially announced his retirement Saturday, two days after a terrifying crash put him in the hospital.
Cavagnoud crushes rivals in super-G
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy -- Regine Cavagnoud of France, the new star on the women's ski tour, mastered a bumpy and icy World Cup super-G course to crush hernearest rival by a whopping 1.03 seconds. "I have never had so much fun," the 28-year-old Cavagnoud said. "I dominated the course completely and had the most amazing sensation."
A late-bloomer, Cavagnoud burst onto the ski scene Thursday when she clinched the downhill here, her first victory after eight years on the World Cup circuit.
She finished third the next day in the first of consecutive super-Gs here, then blew away her competitors Saturday, posting a time of 1 minute, 20.25 seconds.
Switzerland's Sylviane Berthod, 21, claimed her first career podium, finishing second in 1:21.2. Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister repeated the third place she scored a week ago in a super-G at St. Anton, Austria.
Himmler wins PBA event
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Brian Himmler defeated Chris Barnes, 228-161, to win Professional Bowlers Association Tour's Albuquerque Open.
Himmler, who qualified as the second seed, started off with a double in the title match while Barnes converted the 2-8 in the first frame and followed it with a strike in the second. Himmler then converted a 10-pin in the third and a two-pin in the fourth while it became apparent that Barnes was fighting a losing battle with the lanes and he soon faded.
Himmler advanced to the title match by defeating third-seeded Brian Voss, 253-240. Voss had beaten Michael Haugen Jr., 266-203, after Haugen took Tommy Delutz Jr., 236-158, in the opener.
Americans squash River Rats
ALBANY -- Craig Fisher scored a pair of goals, and Tom Draper made 21 saves as the Rochester Americans defeated the Albany River Rats, 4-1, in the American Hockey League.
Fisher netted his 15th and 16th goals of the season, the latter on a power play midway through the second period, as the Amerks (27-14-3) won for the sixth time in seven games.
Scott Nichol scored unassisted 13 seconds into the second period, and Dean Sylvester also scored for Rochester, which netted four unanswered goals.
United States, Bolivia play soccer today
LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Goalkeeper Tony Meola, who hasn't played for the United States since the 1994 World Cup, was among 18 players traveling to Bolivia for an exhibition game between the two national teams today.
Meola has been the starter for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in Major League Soccer the past three years. He was left off the U.S. team for last summer's World Cup in France in favor of Kasey Keller, who starts for Leicester City in England's Premier League, and Brad Friedel, who plays for Liverpool. MLS players Marco Antonio Etcheverry and Mauricio Ramos head the Bolivian team, which is now coached by Hector Veira of Argentina.
Stop Traffic wins Sonta Monica Handicap
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Stop Traffic rallied in the closing strides to overtake Belle's Flag by a length to win the $200,000 Santa Monica Handicap for fillies and mares at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Corey Black, Stop Traffic covered seven furlongs in 1:22 and paid $9.80, $4.20 and $4.60. Belle's Flag and third-place finisher Closed Escrow, who ran as an entry, returned $3.40 and $3.20.
The victory, worth $120,000, was Stop Traffic's 11th in 27 starts and increased her career earnings to $725,395.