Originally created 08/17/99

Overtime: New kidney works so far for Elliott



New kidney works so far for Elliott

San Antonio Spurs forward Sean Elliott was in stable condition Monday after undergoing a kidney transplant, receiving a healthy organ from his brother, Noel.

"The kidney's functioning well," said Dr. Francis Wright, who performed the transplant. "Sean had no problems at all and Noel had no problems."

Sean Elliott, 31, was in the intensive care unit, a routine step, and was expected to move to a regular room Tuesday barring any complications, Wright said at a post-surgery news conference at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio. He could be released next week.

Doctors have said it will take two to three months before they'll know whether Elliott could try to continue to play basketball, but he has said he hopes to return to the game.

BASEBALL:

Missouri is renaming a a stretch of Interstate 70 for George Brett, the former Kansas City Royals star who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last month.

A 10-mile stretch of I-70 -- from the George Brett Bridge near Kauffman Stadium to west of downtown near the state border -- will be renamed "George Brett Super Highway," the Missouri Department of Transportation said Monday. The bridge was dedicated to Brett two years ago.

Earlier this year, a 6.6-mile stretch of I-70 in St. Louis was designated "Mark McGwire Highway," to honor the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman's record 70 home runs last season.

VOLLEYBALL:

North Florida's Ospreys, defending Peach Belt Athletic Conference co-champion (with Francis Marion), have been tabbed the favorites to win the 1999 volleyball championship by a Peach Belt coaches' poll. Next in order are Francis Marion, USC Spartanburg and Armstrong Atlantic State and USC Aiken (tie for fourth), Augusta State, Lander and UNC Pembroke.