Originally created 09/25/01


Michael Jordan kept his mouth shut and fax machine off, and the sports world spent another day awaiting official word of his return.

Jordan already has completed the paperwork to sell his share of the Washington Wizards, but the comeback announcement was delayed for at least one more day because of a licensing issue with one of his sponsors.

"Michael has not finalized his decision," said Estee Portnoy, vice president of marketing and client services for SFX, Jordan's management agency.

A statement from Jordan outlining the reasons for his comeback was being finalized, and he is expected to make his first appearance in a Wizards uniform at media day in Washington next Monday - the day before training camp begins in Wilmington, N.C.

But before he can end his three-year retirement, shoot his first free throw or run his first wind sprints, Jordan and legions of lawyers must fine-tune the fine print.

Because owners can't play, Jordan had to sell his share in Lincoln Holdings, which owns a portion of the Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals and the MCI Center. Jordan's stake, about 10 percent, goes to Lincoln Holdings majority owner Ted Leonsis.

Allen Iverson, the NBA's MVP, and Aaron McKie, the league's Sixth Man of the Year, both will have surgery today and could miss the start of training camp.

Iverson will have an arthroscopic procedure on his right elbow, and McKie will have a similar procedure on his right shoulder.

A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia 76ers said the severity of both injuries won't be known until today.

The Miami Heat signed swingman Rodney Buford, bringing back a player traded to Charlotte as part of a nine-player deal last year.

Buford was involved the deal in August 2000 that brought Eddie Jones, Anthony Mason, Ricky Davis and Dale Ellis to Miami and sent Buford, Otis Thorpe, Tim James, P.J. Brown and Jamal Mashburn to the Hornets.

Buford spent the last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, signing as a free agent after being waived by the Hornets.

MINIATURE GOLF: Bobby Ward of Beech Island became the first member of Team USA that will compete in the 2003 world championship in 2003. He took first place in a qualifying field of 50 in Myrtle Beach over the weekend.

Ward also finished third in the pro Masters National Championship, trailing champion Danny McCaslin of Cary, N.C., and Steve Norman of Dallas, Texas.

ARENAFOOTBALL: A third organizational meeting of an Augusta Stallions booster club will be held Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at Logan's restaurant in the Augusta Exchange. For more information, call 738-9539.

Stallions coach Mike Hold will conduct an open tryout camp on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Doctor's Hospital development land, located behind Kroger and Fairway Ford on Washington Road in Evans. Registration, which includes a $40 fee, begins at noon. Tryouts are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

For more information, call the Stallions office at (706) 738-9539.

BOWLING: Masters Lanes on Gordon Highway will participate in an AMF national bowl-a-thon Oct. 7 to raise money for the benefit of the New York firemen, policemen and rescue workers.

AMF's goal is to raise more than $3 million.

For more information, call Masters Lanes at (706) 733-3624.

BOXING: USA Boxing announced Monday it has withdrawn teams from two international competitions scheduled for next month.

One team was to participate in the Cadet (under 17) World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 11-21, the other was to be in two dual competitions in the Ukraine, Oct. 21-29.

Michael Stone, the executive director of USA Boxing, cited the recent terrorist attacks as the reason for that team being held out of the event in Azerbaijan.

The withdrawal from the competitions in the Ukraine follows the U.S. Olympic Committee's International Relations Division advising USA Boxing of recent hostility toward Americans in that country.


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