Sports digest 2/19/02

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Football

  • Harold R. "Tubby" Raymond, one of the winningest coaches in college football history, announced Monday he is retiring from the University of Delaware.

    Raymond, 75, is ending a 36-year career with the Blue Hens after 300 wins. He became just the ninth coach in the history of college football to win 300 games when his team defeated Richmond 10-6 on Nov. 10 at Delaware Stadium.

    Raymond is the fourth college football coach to record 300 wins at just one school. He leaves with a 300-119-3 record and three national titles -- in 1971, 1972 and 1979.

    Basketball

  • Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn, scheduled to return March 1 after recovering from open heart surgery, slipped and broke his hip Sunday evening while getting out of his car at a gas station.

    Hearn, 85, was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday evening. He was expected to be hospitalized about a week.

    The accident occurred as Hearn and his wife, Marge, stopped for gas on the way to a restaurant.

    On Dec. 20, heart-valve replacement surgery forced Hearn to miss his first Lakers game since Nov. 20, 1965, ending a streak of broadcasting 3,338 consecutive games.

    Jackie Stiles, who set the NCAA all-time scoring record and is now one of the WNBA's brightest young stars was the one of 12 players inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Sunday.

    Springfield developer John Q. Hammons was named the eighth Missouri Sports Legend.

    The 11 other inductees were: former major league pitching standouts Bob Forsch of the St. Louis Cardinals; Paul Splittorff of the Kansas City Royals; former Kansas City Chiefs star Deron Cherry; former St. Louis Blues star Bernie Federko; former wrestler Lou Thesz; former boxer Johnny Copeland; St. Louis businessman Jerry Clinton; soccer player Robert Kehoe, who played and coached on the U.S. national team; and high school coaches Dick Birmingham (Springfield Hillcrest baseball), Bud Lathrop (Raytown South basketball) and Bob Fairchild (Chillicothe football).

    Horse racing

  • Point Given, the beaten Kentucky Derby favorite who rebounded by winning four straight $1 million stakes, is Horse of the Year.

    The strapping chestnut colt also was selected champion 3-year-old of 2001 in voting announced Monday night at the annual Eclipse Awards dinner in the Fountainbleu Hotel.

    After finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby, Point Given, owned by the Thoroughbred Corporation of Saudi Prince Ahmed Salman and trained by Bob Baffert, won the Preakness, Belmont Stakes, Haskell Invitational and Travers before being retired in August because of a ligament injury.

    -- From wire service reports

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