Originally created 09/17/99

Overtime: Bulls decide not to re-sign old pro Harper



The Chicago Bulls renounced their rights Thursday to guard Ron Harper, a key fixture on three championship teams, and re-signed forward Dickey Simpkins.

The Bulls parted ways with Harper, a 13-year veteran, allowing them to maneuver under the salary cap. The club could re-sign Harper before the regular season, though that appears unlikely.

Harper, 35, started for the Bulls the last five seasons and was part of three championship teams.

Simpkins is coming off his best season when he averaged 9.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. His playing time more than tripled following the disbanding of the championship team.

The Philadelphia 76ers signed rookie center Todd MacCulloch and free agent Bruce Bowen, the team announced Thursday.

MacCulloch will earn the league minimum of $301,875 for this season.

A 7-foot center from the University of Washington, MacCulloch was drafted 47th overall by Philadelphia in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft.

Bowen is a three-year veteran who spent the past two seasons in Boston, where he averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-7, 200 pound forward from Cal State-Fullerton played his first season for the Miami Heat.

The Vancouver Grizzlies continued to bolster their roster this offseason, signing free agent forward Grant Long to a three-year, $6.6 million contract Thursday.

Vancouver previously signed swingman Dennis Scott and acquired four players in the trade for rookie Steve Francis, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's NBA draft.

Long, entering his 12th season, chose to sign with the Grizzlies over a number of other teams.

RUNNING:

Two big running events in downtown Augusta are scheduled the next two weekends.

The Broad Street Ramble will be held on Saturday beginning at the corner of Broad and 13th streets.

The feature race, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., is a 10-kilometer race with a route past King Mill, around Lake Olmstead and back to 13th Street. Other races include a 1/2 -mile kids run, 1-mile fun run, 2-mile walk and 100-yard tot trot. Late entry fee is $18 for the 10K, $12 for the walk and fun run and $10 for the kids run and tot trot.

The Augusta Striders are the host for the event. For more information, contact the Easter Seals at (706) 667-9695.

Also, the 10th annual River Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, beginning at the intersection of Reynolds and 9th streets. The feature race is a 7-kilometer run that goes down Reynolds, across the 13th Street bridge, through the River Club Golf Course and back across the 5th Street bridge with a finish on Riverwalk.

There will be divisions within the 7K along with a 1-mile fun run, a 2.75-mile walk, a 1-mile pet parade and a 100-yard tot trot. Entry fee, through Saturday, is $13 for the 7K and 2.75 walk, $10 for the pet parade and fun run and $8 for the tot trot.

For more information, call Health Central at (706) 724-4408.

BOWLING:

Augustan Joseph Penvose "got lucky last night" when he bowled a 300 game at AMF Masters Bowling Lanes on Thursday night.

Competing in the Masters Scratch Doubles League, Penvose started his three-game series innocently enough with games of 190-192.

Then the 25-year-old bowled his perfect game -- No. 7 for him with one 299. All the balls found the pocket, with "one just a little high and two a little light" en route to a 682 series.

BASEBALL:

Paul Gregory, who once struck out Babe Ruth as a member of the Chicago White Sox, died Thursday of heart failure. He was 91.

While with the White Sox in 1932 and 1933, Gregory was just 9-14 with a 4.72 ERA. In one game he retired Ruth five times, including once by strikeout.

Gregory, also a former Mississippi State baseball and basketball coach, died at Baptist-Desoto Hospital in Southaven, where he had been since suffering a heart attack and stroke on Monday, said his son, Beau Gregory.