FanFare 3/16/03

Sunday, March 16, 2003

Briefly

Baseball

  • Another AL MVP could be on his way out of Oakland. Athletics owner Steve Schott told star shortstop Miguel Tejada on Saturday that the team won't offer him a multiyear contract after this season. Schott said there would be no negotiations, which Tejada was hoping to get underway during spring training.

    Tug McGraw was transferred to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, a source close to the former star pitcher told The Associated Press. Two other sources, who are also close to McGraw, said the tumor was malignant.

    Baseball officials have made no decision on whether to ask for a ban on ephedra in the major leagues, commissioner Bud Selig said.

    Colleges

  • Rollie Massimino resigned after seven disappointing seasons as men's basketball coach at Cleveland State, where he was unable to duplicate the success he had while leading Villanova to an improbable 1985 NCAA title.

    Football

  • The Jaguars landed one of the biggest prizes of the free agent class this offseason, signing defensive end Hugh Douglas. Terms were not disclosed.

    Golf

  • When the wind kicked up and the greens slowed after two days of near-record scoring, Lorie Kane was back in her element. Kane shot a 5-under 65 to regain the lead in the LPGA Tour's season-opening Welch's-Fry's Championship.

    Rain forced Champions Tour officials to call off play in the SBC Classic, reducing the event from 54 to 36 holes.

    James Kingston was 9 under through four holes of the third round of the Qatar Masters when play suspended because of darkness.

    Hockey

  • Maple Leafs center Doug Gilmour is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a knee injury. The 39-year-old Gilmour had an MRI on the left knee Friday.

    Olympics

  • Members of a U.S. Olympic Committee task force want to drastically change the dynamics of the organization's board of directors to take politics out of the decision-making process. All 10 members of the USOC Governance and Ethics Review Task Force met for about eight hours to look at ways to reform the troubled organization.

    Tennis

  • Lleyton Hewitt beat Vince Spadea 7-6 (5), 6-1 to reach the Pacific Life Open final. The top-ranked Hewitt is coming off a victory last weekend at Scottsdale, Ariz., and also is the defending champion at Indian Wells. He will face the winner of the Gustavo Kuertin-Rainer Schuettler semifinal scheduled for later Saturday.

    Verbatim

    Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, telling the Lansing State Journal that he dreams his underachieving basketball team will put it all together in the NCAA Tournament: "Sometimes I wake up and think Halle Berry is right around the corner, too."

    On the air

    Arena footballRegional coverage, 11 a.m., WPSD

    Boxing

    WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title: Kirk Johnson vs. LouiSavarese, 6 p.m., FOX-Midwest

    College men's basketballSoutheastern Conference championship , noon, KFVS

    Atlantic Coast Conference championship , noon, ESPN

    Big 12 Conference championship, 2 p..m, ESPN

    Big Ten Conference championship, 2:30 KFVS

    NCAA Tournament selection show, 5 p.m., KFVS

    College women's basketballNCAA Tournament selection show, 4 p.m., ESPN

    College wrestlingBig 12 Wrestling Championships, 1 p.m., FOX-Midwest

    Golf

    Qatar Masters, same-day tape, 8 a.m., GOLF

    The Honda Classic, 2 p.m., WPSD

    Welch's/Fry's Championship, 3:30 p.m., GOLF

    SBC Classic, 5 p.m., CNBC

    Horse racingGotham Stakes, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

    Motorsports

    Gatornationals, same-day tape, 8 p.m., ESPN2

    Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, 11:30 p.m., KBSI, KAPE-1550, KRHW-1520

    MLB

    Cardinals vs. Braves, 11:50 a.m., KGIR-1220

    Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado, 2 p.m., WGN

    NBA

    Dallas at Sacramento, 2:30 p.m., WSIL

    NHL

    Colorado at Washington, 5 p.m., ESPN2

    Tennis

    Pacific Life Open, 11:30 a.m., WSIL; 2 p.m., ESPN2

  • CHARTER CABLE 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), KBSI (9), KFVS (7), MSNBC (55), Outdoors (38), Outdoor Life Network (74), Oxygen (75), Speed Channel (44), TNT (48), WDKA (17), WPSD (6), WQWQ (33), WSIL (3). Listings and times are provided by the networks and individual stations and are subject to change.

    Area events

    College softballSoutheast vs. TBD, Winthrop Tournament

    CORRECTION

    Robby Sanders is 33 years old. His age was incorrectly reported in an article in Thursday's edition. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.

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