Basketball / Sharp to Stick With Maccabi Tel Aviv

A day after Maccabi Tel Aviv's tough Euroleague draw, point guard Derrick Sharp yesterday agreed the terms of a new contract with the club, ending speculation that he would be released after seven years with Maccabi.

Sharp joined Maccabi from Betar Migdal Ha'emek in 1996 and is now the club's veteran player and one of the most popular with the fans.

The point guard has a reputation as a player capable of neutralising opposing guards and will be considered a valuable asset in Maccabi's European campaign.

The club will hold talks next week with center Nikola Vujcic's agent, Lucki Capichionni. Vujcic is interested in staying with Maccabi and the talks are expected to go smoothly.

However, negotiations with Tal Burstein, another player on Capichionni's books, are expected to be protracted. Media reports last week quoted the agent as saying that 3 NBA clubs were interested in Burstein's services.

Maccabi forward David Bluthenthal has passed the first stage of his training camp with the Toronto Rafters and his status with Maccabi for next season is still uncertain.

Meanwhile, CSKA Moscow coach Dusan Iskovic yesterday said this year's Euroleague was the best ever and concurred with the opinion of Pinni Gershon that Group B, in which CSDKA was drawn along with Maccabi and Panathinaikos was the toughest of the three groups.