FanFare 4/11/03

Friday, April 11, 2003

Briefly

Baseball

  • The Hall of Fame president, a former official in the Reagan administration, canceled a 15th anniversary celebration of "Bull Durham" because of anti-war criticism by co-stars Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. Dale Petroskey sent a letter to Robbins and Sarandon this week, telling them the festivities April 26-27 at Cooperstown, N.Y., had been called off.

    Shane Reynolds signed a one-year contract with the Braves, whose starting pitching has been hit hard by injuries and Greg Maddux's poor start. Reynolds, 35, agreed to a one-year deal for $300,000 - the major league minimum - and a mutual option for $3 million, with a $100,000 buyout in 2004.

    The Devil Rays signed pitcher John Rocker to a minor league contract. The former Atlanta, Cleveland and Texas reliever worked out Wednesday at Tropicana Field. He was assigned to Triple-A Durham and will join the team's extended spring training program Saturday in St. Petersburg.

    Houston's Craig Biggio hit his 31st career leadoff homer against the Cincinnati Reds to break Bobby Bonds' National League record.

    Basketball

  • The WNBA canceled its predraft tryout camp because of stalled labor negotiations that also threaten the league's draft and even the entire season. The league's four-year contract with its players' association expired in September, and talks for a new deal began in November. On Tuesday, the NBA Board of Governors said it would cancel the WNBA season if there isn't a contract by April 18.

    A New York City fashion stylist has sued Hornets guard Kenny Anderson for $2 million, saying he broke financial promises he made to her during the more than three years she was his girlfriend. Jeanette DiLone, 32, said in her breach-of-contract lawsuit filed Wednesday that she was Anderson's girlfriend from 1997 to 2000.

    LeBron James will be covered by a $10 million insurance policy when he plays in next week's Capital Classic high-school all-star game.

    Colleges

  • Missouri will install a synthetic grass surface at Faurot Field, called FieldTurf, in time for next season. The school announced it had chosen FieldTurf to replace the current natural grass surface, which has been in place since 1995. The replacement process will begin Monday.

    Washington swingman Doug Wrenn will skip his senior season and declare himself eligible for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 12.7 points last season, shooting 40 percent.

    Georgetown forward Mike Sweetney announced he will skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft.

    Hockey

  • The sale of the bankrupt Buffalo Sabres to B. Thomas Golisano was approved by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge and the NHL's Board of Governors. The $92 million deal was expected to close within 10 days, said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who helped broker the transaction between Golisano and Adelphia Communications.

    Tennis

  • Defending champion and local favorite Younes El Aynaoui went the distance against Magnus Norman to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix Hassan II claycourt event. Top-seeded El Aynaoui won, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to even his record against Norman in claycourt meetings at 2-2. El Aynaoui's next opponent will be Nicolas Massu, who rallied for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Zeljko Krajan. No. 4 Dominik Hrbaty posted a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Attila Savolt. Hrbaty faces Argentine qualifier Federico Browne, who saved a match point in the second set and fought back to oust countryman Franco Squillari, 1-6, 7-6 (12-10), 6-4.

    On the air

    College softballOklahoma at Texas, 2 p.m., ESPN

    Golf

    The Masters, 1 p.m., USA

    MLB

    St. Louis at Houston, 7:05 p.m., Fox-Midwest, KZIM-960, KBXB-97.9

    Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2:10 p.m., WGN

    Atlanta at Florida, 6:30 p.m., TBS

    High school baseballPotosi at Central, 4 p.m., KGIR-1220

    Jackson at New Madrid County Central, 4 p.m., KAPE-1550

    MotorsportsQualifying for Virginia 500, 2 p.m., SPEED

    Qualifying for Pepsi 300, 3:30 p.m., SPEED

    NBA

    Orlando at Indiana, 7 p.m., ESPN

    Golden State at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m., ESPN

    NHL

    Playoffs, Toronto at Philadelphia, 6 p.m., ESPN2

    Playoffs, Edmonton at Dallas, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2

    Tennis

    Family Circle Cup, noon, ESPN

  • 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

    High school baseballPotosi at Central, 4 p.m.

    New Madrid County Central at Jackson, 4 p.m.

    Oran vs. Forsyth, Ozark Round Robin, 6 p.m

    High school softballAdvance at Chaffee, 4 p.m.

    High school girls' soccerPerryville at St. Pius, 4:15 p.m.

    St. Vincent at Notre Dame, 4:00 p.m.

    High school track & fieldChaffee Meet, 4 p.m.

    High school golfDe Soto at Perryville, 4 p.m.

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