Center Igor Larionov of the Detroit Red Wings has agreed to a three-year deal with a no-trade clause worth $5.3 million to $5.5 million. … Jess Kersey, one of four NBA referees indicted on charges of federal income tax evasion, has resigned after 24 years with the league. Kersey pleaded guilty in Norfolk, Va., to filing false federal income tax returns and was sentenced to three years’ probation. He was fined $20,000 after agreeing to cooperate in the investigation of tax fraud by NBA referees. … Tiffani Johnson, a key basketball player for two-time defending national champion Tennessee, was dropped from the squad for violating team rules. No specifics were given.
The Seattle SuperSonics signed forward Stephen Howard to a one-year contract. … Joe Dumars, the last link to Detroit’s NBA championship teams of 1989 and 1990, re-signed with the club. … Michael Curry, a 6-foot-5 guard who played last season for the Detroit Pistons, signed a multiyear contract with the Milwaukee Bucks… . Mike Dunleavy signed a five-year contract to coach the Portland Trail Blazers. The announcement came about 2-1/2 months after Dunleavy was named Portland’s coach.
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