Hawaii football coach June Jones' condition improved Friday as he regained movement of all his extremities following a car crash in Honolulu.
Jones, a former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and interim coach with the San Diego Chargers, was upgraded to guarded condition from critical, said trauma surgeon Dr. Neil Fergusson of The Queen's Medical Center. Jones was responding to questions and had opened his eyes.
Jones, who directed the biggest one-year turnaround in NCAA history, drove into a concrete pillar on the H-1 freeway midmorning Thursday. He was driving alone near Honolulu International Airport when his car ran off the road and crossed about 200 feet of dirt and grass before slamming into the pillar supporting the Kamehameha Highway overpass.
Jones, 48, became a favorite in Honolulu two years ago when he turned down a multimillion-dollar contract to continue coaching the San Diego Chargers and took the coaching job at Hawaii. He was a quarterback for the school during the early 1970s.
He took over a Hawaii program that went 0-12 under Fred vonAppen in 1998. In his first season, the Warriors were 9-3 and won the Oahu Bowl. Last season, the Warriors slipped to 3-9.
TENNIS: Anna Kournikova will miss her next two tournaments because of a broken foot. She'll skip events in Acapulco, Mexico, and Indian Wells, Calif.
Kournikova, ranked eighth by the WTA Tour but still in search of her first career title, will be out of action for a month because of a stress fracture in her left foot.
In her last outing, on Feb. 9, the 19-year-old Russian lost to Amelie Mauresmo in the quarterfinals of the Gaz de France in Paris.
BOXING: Tom Moraetes, executive director of the Augusta Boxing Club, has been appointed the USA Amateur Boxing National Coaches Committee. He will be one of six committee members with voting privileges.
Roy Jones Jr. defends his undisputed light heavyweight title tonight against Derrick Harmon (20-1) in Tampa, Fla.
The champion (43-1, 35 knockouts) has been criticized for settling for a potential mismatch instead of fighting a tougher opponent such as Dariusz Michalczewski of Germany, Bernard Hopkins or Felix Trinidad, although Hopkins is a middleweight (160 pounds) champion and Trinidad is a super welterweight (154) champ. The light heavyweight limit is 175 pounds.
Jones will get about $5 million while Harmon is expected to receive about $500,000.
COLLEGE BASEBALL: Georgia Tech All-America third baseman Mark Teixeira broke his right ankle Friday and will miss six to eight weeks, the school said.
Teixeira, the 2000 National Player of the Year, collided with left fielder Matthew Boggs converging on a pop fly in shallow left field during an 18-7 Tech victory over Elon.
Teixeira will undergo surgery Tuesday and will be in a cast for six weeks, followed by at least two weeks of rehabilitation.
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