Owens' hoops dream hinges on Eagles' say

By wire services
Published July 2, 2005

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Terrell Owens won't play for Sacramento's NBA summer-league team next week unless the Eagles approve, the Kings said.

Owens has had discussions with the Kings. But Sacramento said it won't add Owens to its roster for the Las Vegas league unless the Eagles give their consent.

The Eagles said team president Joe Banner had not been contacted by the Kings, but if he is, permission will be denied.

"He wants to do this very badly," Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said. "It's always something that he has had an interest in, and he'll be disappointed if he does not get the chance.

Owens played basketball for three seasons at Tennessee-Chattanooga and in the United States Basketball League in 2002.

Crosby has scouts' interest

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Seventeen scouts watched Roscoe Crosby work out. Crosby, 22, was a former Royals draft pick and star recruit as a Clemson receiver. But injuries and various circumstances slowed his progress.

After an arbitration case with the Royals for the remainder of a $1.75-million contract went against him in February, Crosby turned his attention full time to football.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pounder turned in 40-yard dash times in the sub 4.4-second range. Crosby hopes to be picked in the supplemental draft July14. If not, he becomes a free agent.

CHIEFS: Cornerback Ashley Ambrose agreed to a one-year deal, filling a hole and seemingly ending any chance of the Chiefs signing Ty Law.

ARENA FOOTBALL: Bob Hernreich, a limited partner in the NBA's Kings, agreed to buy a controlling share of the Arizona Rattlers from Suns owner Robert Sarver. The team will stay in Phoenix, and Sarver will retain a minority interest in the franchise, estimated to be worth $10-million.