Originally created 09/30/00


A week after Tim Hardaway agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract, the Miami Heat officially announced the signing of the star point guard.

"Timmy has been, and will be, an integral part of this team's success," coach and team president Pat Riley said Friday.

"We look forward to him bringing a gold medal back from Sydney and setting his sights on adding a gold NBA championship trophy to his collection."

Hardaway, 34, will be the NBA's highest-paid point guard.

Chuck Person, once one of the NBA's top outside shooters, was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

Known as "The Rifleman," Person came to the Lakers along with Sparta, Ga., native Horace Grant, Greg Foster and Emanual Davis from Seattle as part of a four-team, 12-player deal finalized last week.

Person, the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1987 after averaging 18.8 points for the Indiana Pacers, played in 37 games for the SuperSonics last season, averaging 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds.

Person, 36, also played for Minnesota and San Antonio.

Corliss Williamson, 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds, finally joined the Toronto Raptors on Friday with the NBA's approval of the trade that sends Doug Christie to the Sacramento Kings.

The deal was made Aug. 11, but wasn't finalized until the NBA considered the salary-cap ramifications involving Williamson's contract.


Nebraska swimming coach Cal Bentz and three assistants were suspended Friday for possible NCAA rules violations.

Bentz and assistants Keith Moore, Kelly Nordell and Rick Paine were suspended indefinitely pending an internal investigation, athletic director Bill Byrne said.

Byrne refused to comment further on the investigation or the possible violations. It is not known how long the internal investigation might take.

Bentz has coached Nebraska for 25 years, and the suspended assistants have been with the program for at least 13 years.

Fifth-year assistant Paul Nelson was made interim coach.


Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair will be back in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the New York Giants. Defensive end Jevon Kearse might not be on the field.

McNair last started Sept. 10, when he bruised his sternum against Kansas City. He did play the final minutes against Pittsburgh last week, directing a game-winning drive after Neil O'Donnell was knocked out with a neck injury.

Kearse strained his leg against the Steelers and practiced Friday for the first time since.


Nike Golf is discontinuing the Tour Control golf ball, the only wound ball in its product line.

Nike has been making golf balls for about three years and got its biggest boost when Tiger Woods began playing the multilayer Tour Accuracy.

A majority of PGA Tour players still use a wound ball, which has a smaller core and is wrapped tightly by windings for better feel and control.

Nike's sports marketing director, Kel Devlin, said most tour players he has spoken to no longer are interested in such balls.

Fifteen of the 41 PGA Tour events have been won by players using a multilayer ball, up from seven in 1999. Six of those wins have been by Woods.


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