FanFare 9/13/02

Friday, September 13, 2002

Baseball

  • Dodgers left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii will not pitch again this year. Ishii, hit in the head with a line drive last weekend, is to be released today from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angelos.

    The Giants won their coin flip against the Dodgers for the home-field advantage if they need a playoff to break a tie in the NL wild-card race. The Angels won their flip against the Athletics and would be home if a playoff is needed to decide the AL West title.

    A jury will decide who gets the ball Barry Bonds hit for his record 73rd homer. Two men claimed ownership of the ball, which has an estimated value of $1 million, and each wanted Judge James J. McBride to grant him possession without a trial.

    Basketball

  • The last two counts against NBA All-Star Allen Iverson will be dropped because his accusers don't want to pursue the case, District Attorney Lynne Abraham said.

    Bulls rookie guard Roger Mason Jr. underwent surgery that successfully repaired a dislocated right shoulder. The Bulls expect him to be playing again in four months.

    Football

  • If the hit had come a split-second sooner or later, Matt Sklom might still be alive. The 18-year-old Ferris State University football player, a walk-on redshirt freshman from suburban Chicago, collapsed shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday during a tackling drill.

    Browns linebacker Dwayne Rudd, whose 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct set up Kansas City's winning field goal, was fined $5,000 by the NFL.

    Defensive tackle Wendell Bryant, the Cardinals' first-round draft pick, ended his holdout and agreed to a five-year, $7.5 million contract that includes a $5.5 million signing bonus.

    Police are investigating whether a woman who accused Steelers running back Jerome Bettis of sexual assault lied as part of a blackmail scheme, two high-ranking law enforcement officials said.

    Prosecutors dropped their case against Raiders defensive tackle Darrell Russell, claiming they could not prove he videotaped a woman being raped by two of his friends.

    Falcons cornerback Ray Buchanan and Bears safety Damon Moore were suspended for four games each for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

    Golf

  • Billy Andrade shot a 5-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead in the Pennsylvania Classic.

    Stephen Leaney shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the German Masters.

    -- From wire reports

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