DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent forward and ex-UA Wildcat Richard Jefferson on Monday as a likely replacement for Vince Carter off the bench.
Jefferson, 34, is expected to make a veteran minimum of $1.4 million in the one-year deal. He started 78 games for Utah last season but figures to be used as a three-point threat after Carter signed with Memphis. Jefferson has averaged 14.5 points in his 13-year career.
- The Suns signed forward Anthony Tolliver, a 41-percent three-point shooter for Charlotte last season, to a two-year, $6 million deal to help Phoenix fill the void left by the departure of former UA star Channing Frye. ...
- Free-agent guard Nick Young signed a multiyear deal to stay with the Lakers after averaging 17.9 points last year.
- The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling’s properties said the billionaire may have to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Clippers for $2 billion.
Ex-ASU safety, now with Eagles, pushes cop
TEMPE — Philadelphia Eagles safety Keelan Johnson, a former Arizona State star entering his second NFL season, is facing charges after authorities say he “violently pushed” a Tempe police officer investigating a bar brawl, causing him to strike his head against a tree.
Police say Johnson appeared drunk and refused officers’ orders. He was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Marcell Dareus’ attorney said the Bills defensive tackle agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program to have felony drug charges in Alabama dismissed.
- Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel leads the league in jerseys sold on its official apparel website, NFLShop.com, from April 1-July 17, the NFL said.
- All-Pro offensive guard Chris Snee, 32, is retiring from the New York Giants after 10 years because of a series of injuries. He has had two hip surgeries and now is most troubled by right elbow and wrist problems.
WNBA coach Cooper battles tongue cancer
ATLANTA — Dream coach Michael Cooper has early-stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team. He will have surgery this week in Atlanta and a full recovery is expected, the first-place team said.
Cooper, 58, an ex-Lakers star who spent last season coaching the USC women, will miss at least two weeks, with assistant Karleen Thompson filling in for the Dream.
- England captain Steven Gerrard, 34, announced his retirement from international soccer after 14 years to focus on playing midfielder for Liverpool. ... Brazil is set to name Carlos Dunga as its new national team coach.