Sports digest 1/22/02

Tuesday, January 22, 2002


  • Morehead State forward Ricky Minard scored 57 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to be named the Ohio Valley Conference player of the week Monday.

    Minard, a sophomore, helped Morehead to victories last week over Ohio Dominican and Eastern Kentucky by hitting 18 of 31 field goals, seven of 14 3-pointers and all 14 of his free throw attempts.

    Tennessee Tech's Damien Kinlock was named top newcomer for the third straight week. The junior center hit 12 of 13 field goals and scored 28 points in a win over Austin Peay.

    Rookie of the week honors went to Derek Winans, a freshman guard for Southeast Missouri who averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in games at Tennessee-Martin and Murray State.

    Southeast Missouri forward Lori Chase was named Ohio Valley Conference player of the week Monday for helping Southeast Missouri post three wins to break a three-game losing streak.

    The junior scored a season high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Tennessee State to post her second double-double of the year.

    Shatika Hutcherson, a junior forward for Austin Peay, repeated as OVC newcomer of the week by extending her double-figure scoring streak to seven games.

    Murray State's Brittany Park, a freshman guard, was selected rookie of the week. The Duke Blue Devils received every first-place vote from the national media panel Monday to remain No. 1 in The AP men's college basketball poll.

    Duke (16-1) had been a unanimous No. 1 for five consecutive weeks earlier in the season before losing to Florida State and falling to second.

    The Blue Devils dropped down for only one week before going back on top. One week later, following impressive wins over Maryland and Wake Forest, the Blue Devils again got all 72 first-place votes.

    Illinois was ranked ninth and Missouri 18th.

    Complete poll in Scoreboard.


  • The Kansas City Chiefs signed reserves Reggie Stephens, Lawrence Tynes and Devin Wyman on Monday.

    Stephens, a cornerback, spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons with the New York Giants, playing in 16 games. He intercepted three passes and returned three kickoffs for 69 yards.

    Tynes, a kicker, entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Chiefs in 2001, but was released before the start of the season. He successfully kicked 72.6 percent of his field goal attempts at Troy State, and 96.9 percent of his extra point attempts

    Wyman, a defensive tackle, played for three years and 15 games with the New England Patriots before moving to the Barcelona Dragons in NFL Europe in 1998.


  • Vancouver Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund can compete for Sweden in the Salt Lake City Olympics despite failing a drug test.

    The International Ice Hockey Federation gave Ohlund a "strong warning" Monday but no suspension because there had been "exceptional circumstances" in his positive test for the banned drug Acetazolamide after a random test Dec. 11.

    IIHF chief medical officer Mark Aubry told the disciplinary committee that the drug was contained in medicine given to Ohlund after eye surgery.

    -- From wire reports

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