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Rodman: To quit is better than to play for $6-million

Dennis Rodman, upset with the Chicago Bulls' one-year, $6-million offer, told the Chicago Sun-Times he will quit basketball if the team doesn't pay him $5-million more than that.

Rodman, who has led the NBA in rebounding the past five seasons, wants $11-million.

"Offering me $5-million was an insult," Rodman said. "And $6-million obviously isn't much better. I'd rather quit than play for $6-million."

MORE NBA: Golden State's Joe Smith turned himself in to police in Chesapeake, Va., and was arrested and released after he was accused of smashing a beer bottle on the back of a male exotic dancer, who required 22 stitches, during a barroom brawl. Another dancer contends that Smith and his group wanted the floor to themselves so the player could begin celebrating his 21st birthday. . . Cliff Robinson and Brad Marshall, his agent, claim the Trail Blazers broke a promise when the team picked up the forward's $3.2-million option last month. Marshall has asked for a seven-year, $84-million contract, but Robinson is bound to his contract until he becomes a free agent after next season.

SOCCER: Defender Doney Cardona scored twice during an eight-minute span of the first half and midfielder Sergio Jaramillo had two assists as the Tampa Bay Cyclones completed their regular-season home schedule with a 4-1 victory over the Florida Strikers at the University of South Florida.

TENNIS: Alberto Berasategui defeated Spanish compatriot Alex Corretja 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 to win the $435,000 Generali Open at Kitzbuehel, Austria.

BOXING: Leonardo "Moro" Mas knocked out Raul Hernandez in the fifth round to regain the World Boxing Council's Central American Caribbean junior-welterweight title at Miami. Mas, who lost his title to Hernandez in December, landed a right to Hernandez's head with the bell signaling the end of the round, but Hernandez's cornermen said it came after the bell. . . George Foreman, who has not fought in 15 months, said he will fight Miami's Crawford Grimsley on Sept. 15 at the National Yoyogi Arena in Tokyo. Cuban defectors Ramon Garbey and Joel Casamayor singed lengthy promotional contracts with the New Jersey-based Main Events that allow them to have Miami's Luis De Cubas as their manager.

COLLEGES: Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne said the quality of football eventually might decline if the Big 12 shuns non-qualifiers _ student-athletes who lack a 2.5 grade point average in 13 core courses and an 820 SAT score for admission. The Big 12 will allow its members to accept four partial qualifiers, student-athletes who meet one requirement. . . Floyd Stahl, a former Ohio State basketball coach, longtime athletic administrator and OSU Hall of Famer, died in Columbus, Ohio, at 97. The cause has not been determined.

HORSE RACING: Exotic Wood, ridden by Chris McCarron, cruised to a 2{-length (1:49.44) victory over Shoop in the $175,000 Go for Wand at Saratoga Race Course at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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