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Cards’ Boldin to part with agent Rosenhaus

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin, in a long contract dispute with the team, is in the process of firing his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Boldin, who has two years left on his contract with the Cardinals, is upset with management over what he said was a failed promise for a new deal last offseason. He has asked for a trade, and the Cardinals said they would listen to offers.

Boldin sat out minicamp with what he said was a sore hamstring. He has not participated in any of the Cardinals’ voluntary workouts the last two weeks.

Rosenhaus has represented Boldin since he was drafted out of Florida State in 2003.

Also: Veteran pass rusher Greg Ellis won’t be back with the Dallas Cowboys next season, owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday. The 33-year-old, who has been with the team since his rookie season in 1998 and has 77 career sacks, will be traded or released.

Dallas will get $4.15 million in salary cap relief while remaining on the hook for $1.5 million in guaranteed money.

The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent cornerback Rod Hood, a starter for the Arizona Cardinals in last season’s Super Bowl.

Also, Browns wide receiver/return specialist Josh Cribbs attended organized team activities after he had threatened to hold out for a new contract.

The Miami Dolphins extended the contract of starting cornerback Will Allen. The two-year extension is worth $16.2 million over three seasons, with $10 million guaranteed.

Former Carolina Panthers safety Mike Minter has decided against seeking the Republican nomination for North Carolina’s 8th District seat in 2010, saying the job would put too much strain on his family.

The NCAA gave its Committee on Infractions another week to respond to Florida State’s appeal of sanctions resulting from an academic cheating scandal. They include taking as many as 14 wins off Bobby Bowden’s coaching record.

Bowden has 382 victories, one behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno, who has the most among major college coaches.

BASKETBALL

Celtics star Garnett has surgery for bone spurs

Boston Celtics star forward Kevin Garnett had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his right knee.

Garnett was the NBA’s defensive player of the year in 2007-08, his first season with Boston and 13th in the league. He was limited to 57 games this season and missed all of the team’s playoff games because of the bone spurs and a strained tendon.

Also: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants an insider trading lawsuit against him thrown out, but he’ll have to wait for a judge’s decision.

U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater heard arguments in Dallas on Cuban’s motion to dismiss the Securities and Exchange Commission suit but didn’t rule. Afterward, Cuban declined comment.

A woman who said she was carrying Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki’s child was pregnant after she was booked into the Dallas County jail May 6, according to a newspaper report.

The Dallas Morning News reported that medical records it obtained showed Crista Ann Taylor, 37, was administered the pregnancy test and the result was positive. The tests do not determine paternity.

Guard Jeff Peterson is transferring from Iowa to Arkansas. He started 25 games and averaged 10.6 points for the Hawkeyes as a sophomore last season, missing the final seven games with a hamstring injury.

Three Kentucky players are leaving the program. Sophomore forward A.J. Stewart and freshman guard Donald Williams will transfer, and senior center Jared Carter will not seek a fifth year of eligibility.

MISCELLANEOUS

NHL’s Oilers hire Quinn to replace MacTavish

The Edmonton Oilers hired Pat Quinn as coach. The 66-year-old has been out of the league since being fired as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs after the 2005-06 season.

The Oilers will be the fifth NHL team coached by Quinn, a two-time coach of the year who has 657 career wins in 1,318 games. He succeeds the fired Craig MacTavish.

Also: Jim Balsillie’s bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes and move the franchise to Hamilton, Ontario, will be withdrawn if it isn’t approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court by the end of June.

Balsillie has offered $212.5 million to purchase the team, contingent on moving it to Canada. A hearing on the sale timeline and other matters is scheduled for today in Phoenix.

Peter Zezel, a center who played 15 NHL seasons after breaking into the league with the Philadelphia Flyers as a teenager, died Tuesday at age 44. He struggled with the rare blood disease hemolytic anemia for the past 10 years.

Oklahoma State and Georgia shared the team lead at 4-over-par 288 through the opening medal-play round at the NCAA Division I men’s golf championship in Toledo, Ohio.

Northwestern’s Jonathan Bowers, Illinois’ Scott Langley and North Carolina State’s Matt Hill shot 2-under 69s to take the individual lead.

Travis Feiner, a Cimarron-Memorial High School graduate, went 4-for-5 to lead Western Nevada to a 9-2 victory over Shelton State in the JUCO World Series at Grand Junction, Colo. Feiner is hitting 10-for-16 in four tournament games.

Lance Ray, a Sierra Vista graduate, went 2-for-5 with two RBIs for the Wildcats (48-13), who have won three elimination games and will play Thursday for a spot in the finals.

IndyCar driver Vitor Meira could be out four months after breaking two vertebrae in his back during the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. A.J. Foyt, Meira’s team owner, has hired Las Vegas resident Paul Tracy to replace Meira this weekend in Milwaukee.

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