FanFare 2/14/03

Friday, February 14, 2003



  • David Cone has decided to give it one more try. Out of baseball last year, the 40-year-old pitcher will attempt a comeback with the New York Mets, signing a minor league contract Thursday. The right-hander last pitched in 2001, going 9-7 with a 4.31 ERA in 25 starts for Boston. Cone worked as an analyst for the New York Yankees' YES network last season and had been expected to do so again.


  • Ray Allen, Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd and Tracy McGrady were the first four players chosen Thursday for the 2004 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, with Kobe Bryant conspicuously absent -- for now. The announcement was made in Colorado Springs, Colo., by USA Basketball, which said Bryant could be added to the team at a later date once a contractual issue is cleared up.


  • Tennessee State basketball coach Teresa Phillips made history Thursday by becoming the first woman to coach a men's Division I team, but her presence couldn't stop the Tigers from losing for the 17th straight time, 71-56 at Austin Peay. Phillips, the school's athletic director, made the choice to step in for interim coach Hosea Lewis after he was suspended following a benches-clearing brawl against Eastern Kentucky on Monday night.

    Heisman Trophy winners Barry Sanders and Andre Ware lead a list of 83 candidates for the College Football Hall of Fame. There are 77 players and six coaches on the ballot, which will be distributed this week to more than 11,000 members of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The 2003 Hall of Fame class will be announced in March and inducted at the Foundation's awards dinner Dec. 9.


  • Tiger Woods hit only two fairways on the front nine -- leading to his only two birdies -- and was 1 under par through nine holes at the Buick Invitational when the first round, already delayed by fog, was suspended by rain. Aaron Oberholser was at 6 under par through 16 holes, although none of the 156 players completed the round.

    Ernie Els, seeking his fourth victory of the year, shot an 8-under 64 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Johnnie Walker Classic. Els played his first nine holes in 7-under 29 and reached 8 under with a birdie on No. 1.


  • Haywood Sullivan, the only person to serve as an owner, general manager and player for the Boston Red Sox, died at 72. He died in Fort Myers on Wednesday after a stroke, team spokesman Kevin Shea said. Sullivan was a real estate developer in Fort Myers, where the Red Sox hold spring training.


  • Vincent Spadea defeated fourth-seeded Jan-Michael Gambill 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the Siebel Open on Thursday for his fourth win of the year. Spadea has reached the quarterfinals of a U.S. tournament for the first time since making the final in Indianapolis in August 1999. Top-seeded Andre Agassi, the Australian Open champion, played Mark Philippoussis later Thursday. Agassi's win in Melbourne last month was his 21st straight at the Australian Open, and Spadea is the last player to beat him -- in the fourth round in 1999.

    On the air

    GolfThe ACE Group Classic, 12:30 p.m., GOLF

    Buick Invitational, 2 p.m., USA

    Canadian Tour Challenge, 3 p.m., GOLF

    Johnnie Walker Classic, 10 p.m., GOLF

    High school basketballJackson at NMCC, 7 p.m., KREZ-104.7

    Advance at Delta, 7 p.m., KYRX-97.3

    Central at Sikeston, 7:30 p.m., KGIR-1220


    Busch Series practice for Koolerz 300, 7:30 a.m., SPEED

    Craftsman Truck Series Florida Dodge Dealers 250, 11:30 a.m., SPEED


    Orlando at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., ESPN

    San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m., ESPN


    America's Cup, 6 p.m., ESPN2

    Women's boxingLaila Ali (13-0-0) vs. Mary Ann Almager (14-5-0), for IBA, IWBF, and WIBA super middleweight championship, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2

    n CHARTER CABLE SPORTS KEY --CNBC (ch. 53), ESPN (42), ESPN2 (43), Lifetime (49)Fox-Midwest (45), Fox-Central (352), Fox-Pacific (353), Fox-Sunshine (351), Fox-World (350), FX(50), Golf Channel (46), MSNBC (55), Outdoors (38), Outdoor Life Network (74), Oxygen (75), Speed Channel (44), TNT (48). Listings and times are provided by the networks and individual stations and are subject to change.

    Area events

    High school boys' basketballCentral at Sikeston, 7:30 p.m.

    Jackson at New Madrid County Central, 7:30 p.m.

    Bloomfield at Scott City, 7:30 p.m.

    Perryville at Grandview, 7:30 p.m.

    St. Vincent at De Soto, 7:30 p.m.

    Risco at Bell City, 7:30 p.m.

    Puxico at Leopold, 7:30 p.m.

    Meadow Heights at Marquand, 7:30 p.m.

    Zalma at Woodland, 7:30 p.m.

    Poplar Bluff Southern Missouri Christian at Eagle Ridge Christian, 7:30 p.m.

    Chaffee at Oak Ridge, 8 p.m.

    Advance at Delta, 8 p.m.

    East Prairie at Kelly, 8 p.m.

    High school girls' basketballPoplar Bluff Southern Missouri Christian at Eagle Ridge Christian, 6 p.m.

    High school boys' swimming

    State meet, St. Peters

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