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Aug. 5, 2002 at 3:27 PM   |   Comments

Doctor says Hearn condition deteriorating

NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn remained in a coma and his condition was "beyond critical," his neurosurgeon, Dr. Asher Taban, said Monday.

Hearn, 85, underwent a pair of surgeries for brain hemorrhaging Saturday after hitting the back of his head in a fall at his home on Friday.

"His neurological functioning has deteriorated overnight," Taban said at a news conference on Monday morning. "We have examined him frequently and unfortunately we haven't seen any sign of recovery. I would say he is beyond critical (condition). I'm

not sure the terminology you would use. You could call it grave."

Hearn underwent surgery Saturday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center to relieve intercranial bleeding in his cranium. The second alleviated a blood clot in his brain.


Knee injury sidelines Jets DE Abraham

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- New York Jets defensive end John Abraham, who had 13 of the team's 33 sacks last season, will be sidelined four to six weeks with a sprained left knee.

Abraham suffered the injury in practice on Saturday and underwent an MRI on Monday morning.

He will miss the entire preseason, but the Jets are hopeful their top pass rusher will be back for the season opener Sept. 8 at Buffalo.

Free agent signee Steve White, a six-year veteran, will start at right end in Abraham's absence.


Injured Kidd skips U.S. World team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- USA Basketball announced Monday that All-Star point guard Jason Kidd has withdrawn from the 2002 World Championship Team. Baron Davis was named to replace him.

Kidd, who led the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals last season, was injured recently during some preseason conditioning and decided to pull out with training scheduled to begin on Aug. 16 in San Francisco.

"I'm very disappointed that I am not going to be able to participate for USA Basketball and the United States in the World Championship later this summer," Kidd said.

Davis' selection was made by the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team Committee. He called it "a great honor."

Regarded as one of the NBA's top young point guards, the 23-year-old Davis recently re-signed a multi-year contract with the New Orleans Hornets.


Serena Williams returns to action

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Serena Williams tries to keep pace with her sizzling sister when she faces Russian Lina Krasnoroutskaya Tuesday in the second round of the $585,000 JP Morgan Chase Open at the Manhattan Country Club.

Williams carries a 19-match winning streak into this hardcourt event as she seeks her fourth consecutive tournament title. She has not played since winning her second straight Grand Slam, beating older sister Venus at Wimbledon. Serena Williams won this event in 1999 and 2000.

Venus Williams made it two titles in as many weeks Sunday with a straight-sets triumph over Jelena Dokic at the Acura Classic, but is not playing in this event.

Serena Williams, second seed Jennifer Capriati and defending champion Lindsay Davenport, who is seeded third, all received byes in the first round.


Hingis rejoining tour next week

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Martina Hingis, who underwent left ankle surgery two-and-a-half months ago, will return to the WTA Tour next week, Hingis' management firm Octagon announced Monday.

The former world No. 1 from Switzerland has been entered into the Rogers AT&T Canada Cup, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 12, and the Pilot Pen Tennis event the following week.

Hingis has also requested a wild card entry into the U.S. Open, the year's final Grand Slam event.

The 1997 U.S. Open champion and five-time Grand Slam champion has missed each major in 2002.


3rd seed Schnyder escapes Nordic upset

HELSINKI, Finland, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- No. 3 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland had to rally to avoid first-round elimination Monday at the $140,000 Nordea Nordic Light Open.

The 23-year-old Schnyder trailed unseeded Croatian Silvija Talaja, 5-2 in the decisive third set before she ran off five straight games for a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 victory.

Schnyder reached just one final this year at the Family Circle Cup at Charleston, South Carolina in April when she lost to Iva Majoli.

Majoli is seeded second here this week behind No. Silvia Farina Elia. Both will be in action Tuesday, with Farina Elia matched against Ludmila Cervanova and Majoli to face Gala Leon Garcia.

No. 7 Martina Muller of Germany, the only other seed in action Monday, dropped a 3-6, 6-2, 2-6 decision to Mgadalena Grzybowska of Poland.

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