Originally created 09/01/02



Leslie, Swoopes top vote-getters

Los Angeles center Lisa Leslie and Houston forward Sheryl Swoopes were the leading vote-getters on the All-WNBA first team, announced Saturday.

Leslie earned her fourth All-WNBA selection, receiving 300 points from a panel of 60 national sports writers and broadcasters. This season she became the first WNBA player to score 3,000 career points and recorded the league's first dunk. Swoopes was second in the voting with 294 points.

Indiana forward Tamika Catchings and Seattle guard Sue Bird became the first rookies to earn first-team honors in the league's six-year history. Guard Mwadi Mabika, Leslie's teammate on the Sparks, was selected for the first time.

Guards Shannon Johnson of Orlando and Katie Smith of Minnesota, center Tari Phillips of New York, and forwards Chamique Holdsclaw of Washington and Tina Thompson of Houston made the second team.

Each player will receive a trophy. The first-team members will receive $10,000 each and the second team members will get $5,000 each.


Pittsburgh ships Edwards to Rams

Troy Edwards, a 1999 first- round draft choice who had fallen out of the Pittsburgh Steelers' receivers rotation, was traded Saturday to the St. Louis Rams for a sixth-round draft pick.

Edwards, no longer being used regularly by the Steelers in any role, said the day before he was resigned to being traded or released.

Edwards has a sprained knee and probably won't be ready to play for a couple of weeks. Fittingly, he goes to a team already loaded with banged-up receivers. Rams backups Ricky Proehl (hamstring), Terrance Wilkins (ribs) and Eric Crouch (thigh) currently are injured.

  • Running back Maurice Smith and free safety Keith Lyle were among 13 players waived by the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.
  • Other cuts included receivers Travis McGriff, Alvis Whitted and Kahlil Hill, offensive linemen Craig Page, Marques McFadden and Gannon Shepherd, cornerback Adrian Sadler, nose tackles Ron Moore and Brandon Miller and defensive tackle Curt Davis.

  • Holdout receiver Jimmy Smith and the Jacksonville Jaguars have come to terms on a new contract, ending a holdout that endured through the team's preseason..
  • Terms of the new contract were not immediately available. Smith's agent, Gary Uberstine, did not return messages left at his office by The Associated Press.

    He was seeking a deal that would have paid him about $12 million over the next two years. But the Jaguars were reluctant to hand over that much to a 33-year-old receiver with a history of health problems.

  • Lexington High's Demetris Summers broke Derek Watson's all-time South Carolina high school rushing mark Friday night with a 24-yard carry in the second quarter against Dorman.
  • Summers, who broke Watson's career touchdown record last year, has now rushed for 6,954 yards in his high school career. Watson's record, set at Palmetto High, was 6,765 yards.

    Horse racing

    Sky Mesa gallops to Saratoga win

    Sky Mesa raced to a one-length victory over Pretty Wild in the $200,000 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Saturday as heavily favored Zavata ran third.

    Sky Mesa, ridden by Edgar Prado, ran seven furlongs in 1:23, and paid $9.80, $5.90 and $2.10.

    Pretty Wild returned $11.20 and $2.10, and Zavata was two lengths farther back and paid $2.10 to show.

    Zavata was checked for a moment, then hemmed in on the rail as Roaring Fever led the tightly bunched field of six 2-year-olds down the back-stretch. Pretty Wild took over on the turn and held the lead until Sky Mesa took over inside the eighth pole.


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