Sports briefs 4/14/04

Wednesday, April 14, 2004


  • Chicago Cubs second baseman Mark Grudzielanek was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a partial tear of his right Achilles' tendon. Grudzielanek is expected to be sidelined at least two weeks. Todd Walker will move into the starter's role.


  • The NBA took away Bob Sura's third straight triple-double, ruling he shouldn't get credit for one rebound because he intentionally missed a shot just before the buzzer. Sura thought he was the first NBA player since Grant Hill in 1997 to have three straight games with double figures in scoring, rebounding and assists. But the NBA said his tactics in Monday night's 129-107 win over New Jersey violated the rule that states, "A field goal attempt is a player's attempt to shoot the ball into the basket for a field goal." The journeyman guard had 22 points and 11 assists when he intentionally missed a layup just before the buzzer so he could get his 10th rebound.

    The judge in the manslaughter trial of Jayson Williams postponed a ruling on whether to drop charges against the retired NBA player because the prosecutor, Steven C. Lember, had a death in the family. State Superior Court Judge Edward M. Coleman adjourned the trial until at least Thursday. The courtroom dispute centers on whether prosecutors intentionally withheld notes and photographs their weapons expert took when he examined the shotgun that Williams was handling when it fired, killing a limousine driver.


  • Norm Roberts was hired as the coach of a St. John's basketball program trying to recover from scandal, suspensions and a last-place finish in the Big East. Roberts' hiring comes after one of the worst seasons in school history. The Red Storm went 6-19 (1-13 in the Big East) and ended the season with just eight players, including four walk-ons, after a string of suspensions and expulsions. Roberts, 38, worked last season for Bill Self at Kansas, after three years as an assistant to Self at Illinois.


  • Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek will have groin surgery next week in his home country after playing just 14 games in a season in which he came out of retirement. The 39-year-old player will return to the Czech Republic from Detroit this week for the operation.


  • Michael Phelps won the 2003 Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete. Phelps, the 19-year-old American swimmer who will try to equal Mark Spitz's seven Olympic gold medals at the Athens Games in August, beat LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Diana Taurasi, who recently led Connecticut to its third straight NCAA women's basketball championship. In 2003, he became the first male to win five U.S. titles at one meet, setting a world record in the 200 individual medley. At worlds, he also set five records.

    -- From wire reports

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