Originally created 06/28/01


Ray Bourque retired, and his jersey is going with him.

The Hall of Fame-bound defenseman announced his retirement Tuesday, 17 days after hoisting the Stanley Cup with tears streaming down his face.

Bourque, finally capturing the cup in his 22nd NHL season, learned his No. 77 jersey will be retired and will hang from the rafters of Pepsi Center, even though his stint with the Colorado Avalanche was limited to 15 months.

Bourque's jersey is the first to be retired in the six-year history of the Avalanche and the fifth in the history of the franchise, which originated as the Quebec Nordiques.

Bourque, 40, the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history, was a five-time winner of the Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman and played in a record 19 consecutive All-Star games.

He played for 21 seasons in Boston, but requested a trade to a contender in March 2000 in hopes of winning the Stanley Cup. He finally got it when the Colorado Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils in Game 7 on June 9.

SOCCER: Two days after the kidnapping of a soccer official, President Andres Pastrana asked Colombia's armed insurgent groups for a truce to allow next month's Americas Cup tournament to go on.

In a telephone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, Pastrana said the temporary truce would be similar to those guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary groups have periodically called during Christmas season and elections in the course of a 37-year war.

The president's call for a truce during the July 11-29 games follows earlier statements by guerrillas and rival rightist paramilitary militias that they would not interfere with the Americas Cup.

BASEBALL: Hollie McManus of Hephzibah High School has signed a baseball scholarship agreement to attend Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Ga.

McManus played catcher and first base in high school.

COLLEGES: Paul Hewitt, who led Georgia Tech back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years, has signed a new five-year contract with a rollover provision.

Tech was 17-13 overall and 8-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season, Hewitt's first at the school.

The contract, which includes an automatic one-year rollover at the end of each year, is effective as of April 1, the school said Tuesday. It has an annual base salary of $150,000. Including his television and radio programs and public speaking appearances, Hewitt's total annual compensation will be $500,000.

The 38-year-old Hewitt has an overall coaching record of 83-40, including a 66-27 mark at Siena.

Georgia tennis player Matias Boeker and Arkansas track star Amy Yoder Begley were named Southeastern Conference athletes of the year Wednesday.

Boeker led Georgia to its fourth national title while winning both the NCAA singles and doubles titles, only the third Division I men's player to complete that triple crown. The two-time All-American was Georgia's first NCAA singles champion since Mikael Pernfors in 1985.

Boeker went 44-8 last season and closed the year with 18 straight wins.

Yoder Begley, a 15-time All-American, captured SEC and NCAA championships in the 10,000 meters. She won 16 SEC titles in her career and was the most decorated distance runner in SEC history.

She was the first athlete since the 1940s and the only woman to win three consecutive SEC cross country titles.

Yoder Begley was also a four-time SEC Academic Team selection.

Tulane baseball coach Rick Jones will stay with the Green Wave rather than move to Georgia after a season including a school-record 56 victories and its first College World Series.

Tulane athletics director Rick Dickson said Wednesday that Jones decided to accept a sweetened contract rather than take the job at Georgia, which opened when Ron Polk returned to Mississippi State.

The announcement came one day after Jones met with Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley. "In light of Tulane's extraordinary commitment to coach Rick Jones, we understand his decision and wish him the best," Dooley said in a statement.

"My goals are the same as they have always been - to have a nationally elite program in an academic setting," said Jones, who completed his eighth season at Tulane in 2001. The Green Wave has gone to six postseason tournaments during that time.

BOXING: A boxer underwent three hours of brain surgery Wednesday after being punched into a coma just two rounds after ringside physicians nearly stopped his light-heavyweight fight.

Beethavean Scottland, 26, was in extremely critical condition at Bellevue Hospital, where his family was keeping vigil. Scottland was knocked out Tuesday night in the 10th round of his fight with undefeated George Khalid Jones.

In the last round of the nationally televised fight, Scottland hit the canvas after a left-right combination from Jones. Jordan said the fighter was initially somewhat coherent after the knockout.

After spending five minutes in the ring, Scottland was rushed to Bellevue Hospital. Although Scottland was a late substitution on the card, he passed a series of physical and neurological exams before getting the OK to fight, Jordan said.

After undergoing one procedure overnight at Bellevue, Scottland endured three hours of neurosurgery Wednesday. Doctors would not provide any prognosis.


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