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Nov. 26, 2002 at 4:10 PM   |   Comments

Detmer unable to have MRI

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Koy Detmer will not undergo an MRI Tuesday because he is unable to straighten the injured elbow on his non-throwing left arm.

X-rays did confirm that Detmer suffered a dislocated elbow in the Eagles' 38-17 victory at San Franciso Monday night. An MRI was scheduled to see if there was further damage.

Eagles Coach Andy Reid said that it might be a couple of days before Detmer can straighten his elbow.

"We don't know how long that it will take for him to extend that arm," Reid said Tuesday. "It will really be a struggle for him to have a chance to play this week."

Already without star quarterback Donovan McNabb for possibly the remainder of the season with a fractured ankle, the Eagles will be left with third-stringer A.J. Feeley to start next Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.

Philadelphia (8-3), which reached the NFC championship game last season, has a two-game lead in the NFC East, and is in contention for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

Making his first start since late in the 1999 season, Detmer was injured after landing hard on his left arm following a 24-yard completion to tight end Jeff Thomason with 3:32 left in the third quarter.

Detmer played well in McNabb's absence. He completed 18-of-26 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns while also scoring on a one-yard sneak.

Without McNabb and now Detmer, the Eagles' playoff chances likely will rely on Feeley, a fifth-round pick in 2001, who has played in three career games.

After replacing Detmer against the 49ers, Feeley completed all three of his passes for 17 yards, including a one-yard scoring toss to tight end Chad Lewis.


No fine for Sapp

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Veteran defensive tackle Warren Sapp of Tampa Bay, who laid a vicious hit on an unsuspecting Chad Clifton of Green Bay in Sunday's 21-7 win by the Buccaneers over the Packers, will not be hit in the wallet by the NFL.

Sapp appeared to dance for joy after the hit as Clifton, who was badly hurt on the play and lay motionless on the turf. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and transported to and remains in a Tampa area hospital.

When the game ended, Sapp was confronted about the block by Green Bay Coach Mike Sherman, who voice his displeasure about the hit. He accused Sapp of using his helmet was a weapon.

In a heated exchange between the two, caught on tape, Sapp can be heard shouting several times at Sherman, "put on a uniform." Later, Sapp was defended by his coach.

"Warren Sapp is not a dirty player," said Jon Gruden. "He made an aggressive play. It was no malicious. The celebration was had nothing to do with the guy being injured."

Gruden's interpretation of the play has been disputed throughout the NFL, but the league's front office will not discipline either Sapp or Sherman.

"Warren Sapp will not be fined,'' said Michael Signora, an NFC spokesman. "It was a legal play, so there will be no disciplinary action. There will not be anything resulting from [the exchange] either.''

Sherman now appears to be apologetic about the incident.

"I don't regret being honest and truthful about how I felt,'' he said. "I regret that an issue has been made out of it. Jon Gruden won a big game (Sunday) and I hate that this has taken away from that.''


Report: Lewis to have season-ending surgery

BALTIMORE, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- It looks like the Baltimore Ravens will have to play the rest of the season without Ray Lewis, one of the most dominating defensive players in football.

The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that the veteran middle linebacker has decided to undergo surgery on his left shoulder that would sideline him for the remainder of the season.

According to the report, Lewis told the paper Monday that he plans to have the operation after Thanksgiving, but final details have not been worked out.

"It was a lot of things," Lewis told the newspaper. "I could play, but I didn't know how much damage I was doing, or how much I already had done. Then I had the calf muscle problem, and my whole left side was messed up. As the season has gone on, it seemed to get better and better, then it's out again. I kept fooling myself, thinking I could still come back and lead this team to the Super Bowl, but it hasn't worked out that way."

Ravens Coach Brian Billick said Monday that no decision had been made about Lewis' status.

Lewis, a five-time Pro Bowler and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV, had started 63 consecutive games. He was having one of the best seasons of his career before he partially dislocated his shoulder in a game against Cleveland on Oct. 6.

Lewis, 27, missed five straight games with the injury before returning on Nov. 17 against Miami. He played with a harness in that contest, registering 18 tackles, but he hurt his left ankle and calf during the game after a collision with teammate Ed Hartwell.

Lewis was inactive for last Sunday's 13-12 win over Tennessee that improved the Ravens to 5-6 for the season.

Despite playing in only five of 11 games this season, Lewis is the team's second-leading tackler, averaging 17 stops a game. He also has two interceptions, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

In January 2000, Lewis was charged with in a double murder for the stabbing of two men outside an Atlanta nightclub, but after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice for impeding a police investigation, the charges were dropped.


Brown named coach of Team USA

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- After a disappointing performance in the World Championships this summer, Team USA Tuesday named Hall of Famer Larry Brown as its next coach.

His first assignment will be the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in August 2003. The team is expected to be different than 2002. That squad finished sixth in the World Championships at Indianapolis in September, and was roundly criticized for being lackadaisical. The Americans must place in the top three in qualifying to defend their Olympic gold medal in 2004 in Athens, Greece. The U.S. is 109-2 all time in the Olympics.

Allen Iverson, Brown's starting point guard on the Philadelphia 76ers, is among several superstars that already have expressed an interest in playing for the national team. Tracy McGrady, Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd, and Ray Allen said they would play, but Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal indicated he would not be there if his own coach, Phil Jackson, was not named.

"I would love to play on the Olympic team," Iverson said. "I asked him after (Monday's) game, when we all heard was, 'Could we all come?' I would love to be a part of it. Now, that my coach is coaching the Olympic team, I definitely want it for both of us. At the end of this whole thing, when it's all said and done, you all won a gold medal and an NBA championship, that's a great ending to a story."

"I look at this as an unbelievable honor, one that I don't take lightly," Brown said. "I understand how many great coaches there are who are deserving of this opportunity, and I feel so honored to be chosen. I will do my very best to represent USA Basketball and the NBA. This is what makes coaching worthwhile."

Brown, enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this year, is the only American man to both play and coach in the Olympics. He assisted Rudy Tomjanovich of the Houston Rockets in 2000, when the U.S. went 8-0 and won the gold medal in Sydney, Australia.

"Larry Brown is a terrific choice to lead USA Basketball at next summer's qualification tournament and ultimately to the 2004 Olympic Games," said USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team Committee Chairman Stu Jackson, who chose Brown over Jackson, Pat Riley of Miami, and Jerry Sloan of Utah. "Among the NBA's top coaches, Larry has the most international coaching experience. He has the utmost respect from our players, the selection committee, and his peers in the coaching community. We look forward to working with Larry during the next two years to bring the gold medal for men's basketball back to the USA."

Brown, 62, has posted a winning record in 26 of 30 seasons as a college or professional coach. He has been with the 76ers since the 1997-98 season, leading the team to four straight playoff appearances, including the 2001 NBA Finals.

Brown averaged 4.1 points per game for the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He played five seasons in the ABA, winning a championship in 1969.

Brown began his coaching career in 1972 with the ABA's Carolina Cougars. He coached Kansas to an NCAA championship in 1988, and is 842-654 as an NBA coach, ranking eighth on the all-time wins list.

The U.S. team will consist of 8-9 top NBA players with the remaining three or four spots filled by role players, who could come from other professional leagues or the NCAA.


Patterson arrested after domestic dispute

TUALATIN, Ore., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Tualatin (Ore.) Police responded to a call of a domestic disturbance at Patterson's home, and his wife had minor injuries that were attributed to an assault, according to the police report.

"The wife had a cut finger and some marks in other places," Sgt. Doug Nafizger, a Tualatin police spokesman, told the Portland Oregonian. "It was a minor assault."

The charge is a felony because police said the assault was witnessed by Patterson's two children.

Because of that, under state law, the incident turned it into a Class C felony, he said.

The paper reported that, if convicted, Patterson faces a minimum of one year and up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine, Nafizger said.

Patterson was booked into Washington County jail, where teammate Derek Anderson posted his $10,000 bail Monday night, authorities said.

It is not the first time Patterson has been in trouble with the law.

In January 2001 while with Seattle, Patterson was convicted of misdemeanor assault, and placed on six months probation. He also was charged with felonious assault for breaking a man's jaw outside a nightclub in Cleveland in September 2000.

Patterson is averaging 7.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest in 13 games for Portland (6-7), which hosts the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

On Friday, Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire and forward Rasheed Wallace received summonses for marijuana possession in the state of Washington. Wallace scored 30 points in Saturday's 95-94 loss to the Sacramento Kings, and Stoudamire did not play.


Rogers confirms he is going pro

EAST LANSING, Mich., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- As reported Monday by the Detroit Free Press, wide receiver Charles Rogers, a rare bright spot in an otherwise disastrous football season at Michigan State, Monday night announced that he will skip his final college season and enter the NFL draft.

He made the announcement at the school's annual football awards ceremony.

"I woke up one morning and came to a decision," said Rogers, who has two children and has not hired an agent. "I felt like it was the best decision for me and my family at the time. It wasn't a hard decision at all. It was an easy decision. I felt like I did all I could do for the university."

The Detroit News also reported Tuesday that threat of injury also played a major role in his decision. Two of Rogers' friends have suffered career-threatening injuries -- tailback Tyrell Dortch and Wisconsin wide receiver Lee Evans.

"When your time is up, your time is up," said the Saginaw, Mich., native. "There's a lot of good guys here in this program and now it's their turn."

Rogers is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver in college football. Most draft analysts believe he will be taken high in the first round.

Michigan State was considered a preseason contender for the Big Ten title, but the Spartans were just 4-8 and concluded the year with a 61-7 drubbing at Penn State on Saturday.

The season included the firing of Bobby Williams as head coach, and the revelation of a substance abuse problem suffered by starting quarterback Jeff Smoker that led to his suspension from the team.

Rogers continued to put up big numbers, breaking his own single-season school record with 668 receptions. He caught 13 touchdown passes and had 1,351 receiving yards.

Rogers also established an NCAA record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch with 13.


Boise State accepts Humanitarian invite

BOISE, Idaho, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Boise State, which won the Western Athletic Conference, Monday accepted a bid to play in the Humanitarian Bowl on New Year's Eve.

The Broncos are expected to play a team from the Big 12. An announcement on Boise State's opponent for the bowl game is not expected until early next week.

The Broncos (11-1) wrapped up the WAC title Saturday with a 44-7 victory over Nevada. Brock Forsey rushed for 187 yards and four touchdowns.

Boise State is the first team to post a perfect record in the WAC since Brigham Young University went undefeated in 1996.

Boise State had held out hope of receiving an invitation to the Seattle Bowl, possibly to meet Washington of the Pac-10. Instead, the Broncos will stay home and play on their blue turf for the third time in four years.

"I think it would have been better for our university to go to the Seattle Bowl and play against a higher-profile team," said junior safety Wes Nurse. "I would rather play against a big-time team away from here."

"This is a great reward for our championship team to play on national television (ESPN) on New Year's Eve," said Boise State Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier.

"You've got a lot of momentum with Boise State football right now," said Humanitarian Bowl Executive Director Gary Beck. "It's a nice reward for the local fans to see this team, probably the greatest (BSU) team of all time, play one more game on the blue."

Boise State won its two previous appearances in the Humanitarian Bowl, beating Texas-El Paso, 38-23, in 2000, and Louisville, 34-31, in 1999.

Boise State currently has a 10-game winning streak. The Broncos' last loss was Sept. 7, at Arkansas, 41-14.

Their winning streak is the third longest in the country. Top-ranked Miami has won 32 straight games, and No. 2 Ohio State has won 13 consecutive games.


Fleury can practice again

CHICAGO, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Suspended Chicago Blackhawks right wing Theo Fleury late Monday received clearance from the NHL to resume practicing with the team.

The fiery Fleury, 34, was suspended by the league on Oct. 8 for violating the NHL's substance abuse aftercare program. He will join the team Tuesday in Phoenix, where he will begin full workouts.

Team officials stressed that no date has been set for his return to the active roster. He is not eligible for reinstatement until cleared by supervising physicians in the program, which is administered by the league and the NHL Players Association.

It was Fleury's second stint in the substance abuse program. He also entered it on Feb. 28, 2001, while playing for the New York Rangers.

The Rangers did not pick up the $7 million option on Fleury's contract following the 2001-02 season. He signed a two-year, $8.5 million deal with the Blackhawks, but missed practice without permission on Oct. 2, telling team officials he was with his father, who has prostate cancer.

Listed at just 5-6 and 180 pounds, Fleury has 443 goals and 612 assists in 1,030 NHL games. Last season, he collected 24 goals and 39 assists in 82 games for the Rangers.


Woods goes after Grand Slam event

KAUAI, Hawaii, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods, the top-ranked player in men's golf, tries to extend his record with a fifth straight victory at the $1 million PGA Grand Slam of Golf when the prime time event begins Tuesday night at the Poipu Bay Golf Club in Hawaii.

Victories at The Masters and U.S. Open earned Woods a record sixth invitation to this unofficial PGA Tour event. He is joined by PGA Championship winner Rich Beem and former major tournament champions Davis Love III and Justin Leonard.

"If you look at the collection of players here, there are four pretty good one," Woods said. "We've all had major championship success. We've all played well this year. It's going to be a good event for everybody, including us."

British Open winner Ernie Els of South Africa is skipping the two-day event, which offers a $400,000 first prize.

"Justin and I are real happy Ernie is not here," joked Love, who captured the 1997 PGA Championship. "We are not disappointed at all."

Woods was runnerup to Els in his first appearance at this tournament in 1997. He has won it every year since.

Woods, 26, has claimed 11 major titles, tying him for Walter Hagen for third on the all-time list behind Jack Nicklaus (20) and Bobby Jones (13). In addition to his victories at Augusta National and Bethpage Black, Woods won the Bay Hill Invitational Buick Open and the American Express Championship.

Despite playing only 18 events, he again topped the PGA Tour money list with more than $6.9 million, bringing his career total past $33 million.

Located at the Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort & Spa, Poipu Bay is a par-72 layout spanning 7,064 yards.


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