Pippen says he'd prefer to play in West
Scottie Pippen, who has been relatively quiet since his trade demand early in the season, now says he'd prefer to play next season on the West Coast.
The Chicago Bulls star, who re-turned to the team Jan. 10 after missing 35 games while recovering from foot surgery, said in November he wanted to be traded and would never play for the Bulls again.
Charlotte Hornets owner George Shinn filed a civil suit Thursday against a woman who alleges he attacked and sexually abused her at his home last fall.
Shinn's suit, filed in Mecklenburg County, accuses the woman of slander, extortion, blackmail and blames her for damage to his home in Tega Cay, S.C., stemming from search warrants carried out by investigators.
Penny Hardaway, the subject of trade talks with several NBA teams, reiterated Thursday that he doesn't want to leave the Orlando Magic -- now, or in the future.
The four-time All-Star will become a free agent after next season.
Utah center Greg Ostertag will be sidelined at least three weeks with a stress fracture in his left leg.
Team officials said the fracture was confirmed by doctors Thursday morning.
Darrell Armstrong, one of just two Orlando players who appeared in every game before the All-Star break, has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and will miss the rest of the season.
North Carolina guard Shammond Williams will play Saturday against Maryland despite a tantrum in which he stormed off the bench during a game.
Williams went to the locker room after arguing with coach Bill Guthridge during the first half of top-ranked Carolina's victory over Virginia on Wednesday night. He returned to the bench in the second half, but did not play.
Joe Hall, the University of Kentucky's basketball coach from 1973 to 1985, underwent double bypass surgery and is expected to be out of the hospital by the end of the week.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are sharp dressers. Their Chicago Bulls' teammate Dennis Rodman is not.
That's the opinion of Mr. Blackwell, who bills himself as an authority on such things.
Among the others on Blackwell's Best Dressed List are heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, Tiger Woods, NFL players Ray Buchanan, Keenan McCardell and Kevin Hardy and, of course, Miami Heat coach Pat Riley, who is always on the list.
Joining Rodman among the Worst Dressed are Pete Sampras, boxing promoter Don King and hockey's Sergei Federov.
The list, with photos, appears in the March issue of Sport Magazine.
Jess Stayrook of Tempe, Ariz., took the early lead in the third round of qualifying in the PBA Peoria Open.
Stayrook, who entered Thursday's final round of qualifying in 14th place, overcame an 138-pin deficit to vault to the top of the leaderboard. Stayrook, who will be looking for his first title since 1996, has 4,102 total pins for a 227 average.
An injured Boris Becker withdrew from the $1 million Dubai Open for the second straight year, and defending champion Thomas Muster was ousted by Nicolas Kiefer 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
Becker pulled an abdominal muscle last week and aggravated it on Wednesday while playing doubles. After finding it difficult to serve, Becker announced his withdrawal an hour before his match against sixth-seeded Felix Mantilla.
The Augusta Ski and Outing Club's race team had two first-place individual finishes and a first-place team finish in competition at Winter Place, W. Va., last weekend. Charles Crawford and Bruce McMurray placed first in their flights, and the team was first Sunday after a second-place finish Saturday.
Crawford, McMurray and Ted Brand competed in the bi-weekly event. Augusta is third in the Southern division behind first-place Raleigh, N.C., and seventh overall out of 22 teams. The next race is at Sugar Mountain, N.C., Feb. 21-22, followed by the finals March 7-8 at Snowshoe and Silver Creek, W. Va.
For those interested in joining the team, call Bill Huiet at 593-0336 or Nan Milam at 855-0198.
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