Originally created 09/27/00


Bob Knight and Latrell Sprewell have both run into trouble for choking someone during a basketball practice. Now both have been featured in TV ads for the same sneaker maker.

A commercial for the And1 sports apparel company starring Knight was being edited Tuesday and will air during the Olympic basketball semifinals and finals this week, a spokeswoman for the And1 athletic apparel company said Tuesday.

Sprewell appeared in an And1 ad during last year's NBA Finals.

"For us having taken a position with Latrell Sprewell in the past and with playground players, it's a natural for And1 to give voice to high school and college players during the Olympics. Bob Knight is a perfect fit for the brand to be able to say that," And1 spokeswoman Errin Cecil Smith said.

Knight coached the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team, the last all-amateur group to win a gold medal.

He was fired as Indiana's basketball coach two weeks ago after grabbing and lecturing a student who greeted him by his last name. Knight violated a zero-tolerance behavior policy imposed in May after an investigation of former Indiana player Neil Reed's claim that Knight choked him during a 1997 practice.

Sprewell was suspended by the NBA for 68 games after he choked his then-coach, P.J. Carlesimo, in 1997.


Former heavyweight champion Max Schmeling, whose fights against Joe Louis were among the most politically important in boxing history, celebrated his 95th birthday Tuesday.

Congratulations poured in from around the world for Schmeling at his home in Hollenstedt, near Hamburg, Germany.

Schmeling, one of Germany's biggest sports idols, won the world title with a fourth-round win by disqualification against Jack Sharkey in New York on June 12, 1930.

He knocked out the previously unbeaten Louis in the 12th round of their fight in 1936, handing the American his first professional defeat. Two years later, Louis, by then the heavyweight champion himself, knocked out Schmeling in the first round.


Forward Marcus Fizer, the No. 4 selection in this year's NBA draft, signed Tuesday with the Chicago Bulls.

The 6-foot-9 Fizer, who played for Bulls coach Tim Floyd at Iowa State, left after his junior season as the fifth leading scorer in school history. Over his last two seasons, he averaged 20.7 points and 7.7 rebounds.

Under the NBA's rookie salary scale, Fizer will receive within 20 percent of about $6.88 million over three seasons.


Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon and Perri "Pebbles" Reid, who once managed the R&B group TLC, plan to marry this weekend in the Bahamas.

The couple, who have known each other for 10 years, made the announcement Sunday.

Nixon played for nine major league teams over 17 seasons, the last in 1999. He stole 620 bases, including a career-high 72 for the 1991 Braves.

Nixon and Reid said they had been neighbors at Country Club of the South for a decade, and that their children from previous marriages had attended the same school.


Olympic figure skating champion Tara Lipinski was recovering Tuesday after surgery on her right hip.

Lipinski, 18, sustained a "soft tissue" injury Friday in Simsbury, Conn., during rehearsals for Stars On Ice, family spokesman Michael Pagnotta said.

She was brought to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she underwent surgery Sunday at Holy Cross Hospital. She is expected to be released this week and could resume skating in three weeks.

"The injury is not career threatening," Pagnotta said. He could give no further details of the injury or explain how it was sustained.


Georgia fired a final round 295 Tuesday to win weather-abbreviated The Preview by Ping & Golfweek at the Duke Golf Club in Durham, N.C.

Georgia Tech's Bryce Molder turned in a final round 72 to earn medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 4-under 140.

Augusta's John Engler, with the day's low round of 1-under 71, led Clemson to a third-place finish.

The Duke Golf Club will be the site of the 2001 NCAA Championship in June.


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