The same European team that lured Duke star Danny Ferry away from the NBA now is interested in landing Boston Celtics guard Brian Shaw. Messaggero Roma of Italy reportedly has offered a $1 million contract to Shaw, who emerged as a starter in his first NBA season last year and is unsigned for the upcoming campaign. Shaw, 23, a first-round selection by Boston in 1988, started 54 games for the Celtics last year and received the NBA's minimum contract of $75,000 because the franchise had reached the league's salary cap. Messaggero wants Shaw to report next week.
... St. Bonaventure's Michael Burnett scored 19 points to lead an Atlantic 10 Conference all-star squad to a 89-76 victory over Finland's national team in Helsinki. The victory lifted the Atlantic-10 squad to 3-0 halfway through its six-game tour of Sweden and Finland. Cycling Tour de France winner Greg Lemond and runner-up Laurent Fignon of France are planning to race in the Cycle Tour of Holland, which begins Monday. Race organizer Wim Breukink said Lemond's participation was '80 percent' certain. Hockey Former Soviet hockey star Alexander Mogilny has received a 90-day extension of his temporary visa status to remain in the United States. Mogilny, who defected to the United States May 5, is expected to be in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup when the NHL season begins, and a team spokesman said the club anticipates no serious problems with Mogilny's application for permanent status. The new extension carries through the first week of November and Mogilny is expected to be able to work for the Sabres under the terms of his most recent extension. Soccer One of Swaziland's top soccer teams has been suspended following a riot during a weekend match in which a referee was stabbed six times by enraged fans. A league spokesman said the Denver Sundowns were suspended from all play until completion of an inquiry into Sunday's riot. The melee began after referee Sport Dlamini awarded a free kick to the Highlanders, allowing the Higlanders to tie the score 1-1. Players slapped the ball from Dlamini's hands, then nearly floored him as hundreds of fans spilled onto the field, hurling bottles, cans and other objects. Dlamini was stabbed six times by spectators. Three other people trying to protect Dlamini also were stabbed.
... The American Indoor Soccer Association board of directors unanimously awarded a franchise to an Atlanta group. The Atlanta Attack will begin play this season and its 20 home games will be played at The Omni. Volleyball The American pair of Karch Kiraly and Steve Timmons defeated Brazil's Edmundo Goncalves Arnizaut de Matos and Eduardo Muniz Barreto Tinoco 12-7, 12-2 in the finals Wednesday to win the Beach Volleyball World Series in Japan. The winning team earned a $15,000 prize.