Originally created 12/29/00


The Florida Panthers, with only six victories in 36 games, fired head coach Terry Murray on Thursday, along with his brother, vice president and general manager Bryan Murray.

Duane Sutter, a scout for the Panthers for the past three seasons, took over as coach.

President Bill Torrey made the moves one day after the Panthers lost 5-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers. Torrey will become interim general manager. Assistant coaches Billy Smith and Slavomir Lener were retained by the club.


A judge refused to dismiss or delay a sexual assault case against former Green Bay Packers tight end Mark Chmura.

Chmura's attorney, Gerald Boyle, had asked for either of the moves because of what he termed "prosecutorial misconduct" in the case in which Chmura faces charges of third-degree sexual assault and child enticement.

Chmura has been accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl at a high school party at the home of his friend Robert Gessert in April. Chmura later was cut by the Packers.

The trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 23.


Mark Philippoussis of Australia, who has one of the game's biggest serves, will be sidelined for several months while recovering from surgery for a torn ligament in his left knee.

Philippoussis injured the knee at Wimbledon, the third of the season's four majors, and a recurrence forced him to withdraw from a tournament in Stockholm, Sweden, last month.


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