FanFare 7/26/02

Friday, July 26, 2002



* Bulls rookie guard Jay Williams signed a sponsorship deal with Adidas on Thursday. Williams was the second overall pick in the draft out of Duke, where he won the Naismith and Wooden awards in 2002. No contract details were released.


* Texas redshirt freshman offensive lineman Roman Reeves will not return to school for the fall semester and will miss the 2002 season. In a statement released by the school, Reeves said his decision was based on personal reasons. He did not elaborate.

* Four Oklahoma reserve football players were among five people arrested on alcohol-related complaints, Norman police said. Brent Rawls, Dusty Dvoracek and walk-on Grant Hulsey were arrested on public intoxication complaints.

* The rape trial of former Notre Dame football player Donald Dykes has been delayed until Nov. 12. Defense attorney William Stanley requested the delay, granted by a judge Thursday, saying he needed more time to prepare because some prospective witnesses would not be back on campus until shortly before the trial was scheduled to begin on Sept. 16.

* Jeremy Bloom, the world's No. 1-ranked moguls skier who wants to play football at the University of Colorado, filed a motion against the NCAA on Thursday, asking a Colorado district court to overturn a previous ruling that he could not accept skiing endorsements and play football for the Buffaloes at the same time.


* Cliff Lewis, the first quarterback of the Browns and later a Yankees executive, died at age 79. Lewis, the Yankees' vice president of insurance administration, died after a illness.


* French skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne is dropping an appeal of her three-year suspension in the Winter Olympics pairs' scandal, saying she can't afford it. Le Gougne and French federation chief Didier Gailhaguet were suspended in April by the International Skating Union until 2005 for their role in the judging controversy at the Salt Lake City Games. They also were barred from the 2006 Winter Games.


* Jan-Michael Gambill beat Noam Okun 7-6 (2), 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Mercedes-Benz Cup for the third consecutive year. Also advancing was No. 5 Gustavo Kuerten, who beat Martin Lee 7-5, 7-6 (5).

* French Open champion Albert Costa beat Michael Kohlmann 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the $1 million clay-court Generali Open. Also on the fourth day, French Open finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero topped Martin Verker 7-5, 6-2, Alex Corretja defeated Jean-Rene Lisnard 6-3, 6-2, and 12th-seeded Mariano Zabaleta eliminated fifth-seeded Nicolas Lapentti 6-4, 6-2.


* The Detroit News' Terry Foster on changing times: "Imagine the looks you would have gotten 20 years ago if you had predicted that in 2002, the NBA's first draft pick would be from China, a black man would be the world's greatest golfer, the American League's top hitter would be from Japan, and the NHL's leading scorer would be black."

* Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., when asked by ESPN's Dan Patrick if he could be baseball commissioner: "I spent part of my life in a prison camp, getting beat up on a daily basis. I don't want to go through that again."

* Tigers outfielder Dmitri Young, to USA Today, on his dream afternoon: "Spending it with my family. But if they are gone, I'd barbecue red meat and hope there's a boxing match on TV."

* BBC broadcaster Peter Alliss, making a guest appearance on ABC as monsoons pelted the British Open last Saturday: "One good thing about rain in Scotland: Most of it ends up as Scotch."

* The Sporting News' Dave Kindred, on the ongoing Ted Williams saga: "Here's what Teddy Ballgame would say when he thawed out in a hundred years: 'That idiot kid of mine got a hit yet?'"

-- From wire reports

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