Originally created 07/01/03



Grunfeld takes over for Jordan in D.C.

Ernie Grunfeld was hired as president of basketball operations of the Washington Wizards on Monday, taking the job that Michael Jordan held the last two seasons.

The hiring came a day after Grunfeld was released from his contract as general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. He inherits a team that went 37-45 in the two years Jordan held that position while playing his final two years in the NBA.

  • Rudy Tomjanovich's bladder cancer has "regressed" after six weeks of treatments, and doctors said the former coach of the Houston Rockets has "shown great improvement."
  • Tomjanovich was diagnosed with bladder cancer on March 17 and stepped down as coach in May.


    At PGA, Beem will choose his family

    Rich Beem is clear about what he will do. When his wife is ready to give birth, he puts the PGA Championship aside.

    "There will be no decision-making," Beem said. "I've already made up my mind that I'll leave as soon as everything is ready to go."

    Beem won last year's major at Hazeltine. Rochester's Oak Hill Country Club will host the PGA Championship on Aug. 11-17. He said his wife, Sara, is due Aug. 16, the day the third round of the tournament is scheduled.

    If the child is not born by then, Beem said he will wear a pager. If his wife goes into labor, he will join her at El Paso, Texas. He added that the couple plan to attempt to induce labor before the tournament.

  • Blake Hadden of North Augusta won his second straight state title and qualified for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at the end of the month in Williamsburg, Va.
  • Hadden, 9, shot 37 over nine holes Monday at Fort Jackson Golf Course in Columbia to win the title.


    BMX to replace old cycling events in '08

    Bike Moto Cross, otherwise known as BMX cycling, will be added to the program for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. One women's and one men's BMX race will replace two track cycling events, yet to be determined, in a bid to attract younger audiences.

    IOC President Jacques Rogge said the International Cycling Union was studying which two events in the current program were the least popular and would be replaced by BMX.

    Racing on small stunt bikes, four BMX riders start together and negotiate a jumps-and-bumps obstacle course, built on dirt in the center of the velodrome track. An elimination process will see the fastest in each heat advancing to the next round.

    Women's Basketball

    LSU only SEC team to get '04 games

    Louisiana State is the only team from the traditionally powerful Southeastern Conference to hold the first and second rounds of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

    The NCAA Women's Basketball Committee announced its 16 sites on Monday. Other sites include: New Mexico, Iowa State, Texas, Virginia Tech, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Ohio State, Duke, Fairfield, Minnesota, Montana, Temple, Cal-Santa Barbara, Notre Dame, Florida State and Arizona State.


    Flyers keep pair as deadline looms

    Defenseman Eric Desjardins and forward Claude Lapointe signed two-year contracts with the Philadelphia Flyers one day before they could have become unrestricted free agents.

  • The New York Rangers traded the rights to free agent Brian Leetch to the Edmonton Oilers after being unable to sign the defenseman.
  • The Oilers sent backup goaltender Jussi Markkanen and a fourth-round draft pick to New York.

    However, the Oilers are unlikely to sign Leetch but will receive a compensatory draft pick in 2004 - probably a second-rounder - when he goes to another team.


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