ACC reprimands three for brawl
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 12 (UPI) -- The ACC Tuesday reprimanded two coaches and a player for an incident that led to a confrontation during Sunday's Duke-North Carolina game.
After interviewing game administrators and conference officials, as well as viewing game footage, Atlantic Coast Conference officials issued an official reprimand to North Carolina Coach Matt Doherty, Duke assistant coach Chris Collins, and Duke player Andre Buckner.
The intensity of the rivalry between the two schools was displayed in a near-fight that broke out with 8:17 remaining.
Tar Heels freshman guard Raymond Felton was hit in the mouth by a Duke player and Doherty went to check on him.
Players from both teams congregated and Buckner, a seldom-used Duke reserve, gave Doherty a hard shove before the officials stopped the situation from escalating.
"Things got a little heated there," Doherty said. "That happens, that's part of it, but I thought as crazy as things got, both teams settled down and (Duke Coach Mike) Krzyzewski handled it with a lot of class."
The teams are preparing for the annual ACC Tournament this weekend. Unranked North Carolina will be the seventh-seed and plays Maryland in the quarterfinals Friday. The defending national champion Terrapins, ranked 15th in the country and the second seed, beat the Tar Heels twice during the regular season.
The 12th-ranked Blue Devils play up-and-down Virginia in Friday night's other quarterfinal.
Senators get Smolinski from Kings
OTTAWA, March 12 (UPI) -- The Ottawa Senators continued to add players before Tuesday's NHL trade deadline,
Smolinski is a five-time 20-goal scorer who goes from a team with an outside shot at a playoff spot to the team with the league's top point total. He is the third player obtained by the Senators in the last two weeks, joining former Buffalo Sabres Vaclav Varada and Rob Ray.
Despite missing 11 games due to an eye laceration, Smolinski was third on the Kings in scoring with 18 goals and 20 assists. He is sixth in the NHL with eight game-winning goals.
Gleason, 20, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2001 draft but never signed with the Senators. He has seven goals and 29 assists in 42 games with Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League and twice played for the United States at the World Junior Championships.
76ers Brown, Iverson fined $7,500 each
The fines were for comments made about referee Derrick Stafford after a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The fines were handed down by NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson, who has had a busy second year as the NBA's unofficial policeman.
Following Sunday's 106-92 setback, Brown and Iverson both made comments about Stafford, who handed out two of the three technical fouls the 76ers received at the 6:58 mark of the third quarter.
Stafford gave a technical to Iverson, who argued an out-of-bounds call. Brown was given a technical by Joe Forte, and forward Tyrone Hill was given a technical by Stafford.
"One of the officials has it personal for some of our players and if that wasn't the greatest forum to see that, nothing is," Brown said. "He's been personal with us for a long, long time."
Brown did not name Stafford, but said he was not upset with Forte.
"I think that referee Derrick has a vendetta against us and it was evident tonight," Iverson said. "We weren't able to talk to him at all. We asked about things, he gave us smart comments and pretty much 'joked' us."
Knight to reject annual salary
LUBBOCK, Texas, March 12 (UPI) -- Texas Tech basketball Coach Bob Knight has decided to forfeit his salary for the 2002-03 season.
Knight said his decision was based on the disappointing record of the Red Raiders this season, and his disappointment with his own coaching job.
Tech went 16-11 overall, and 6-12 in the Big 12, enters the conference tournament Thursday with a three-game losing streak, and will be the seventh seed.
Tech went just 2-6 on the road in Big 12 games.
The amount of money went unspecified by Athletic Director Gerald Myers, but various media reports indicate Knight make a base annual salary of $250,000.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that the volatile Knight kicked in a flat-screen television in the Raiders' locker room on Feb. 5, the night they routed Nebraska, 75-49.
The paper said the episode ended up in an incident report filed by a campus officer working security at United Spirit Arena.
Texas Tech will be the seventh seed and meets 10th-seeded Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament Thursday in Dallas. The Bears knocked off the Red Raiders, 74-68, in the regular season finale for both schools last Saturday.
Coles says he has 'Offer sheet' from Washington
ASHBURN, Va., March 12 (UPI) -- The Washington Redskins' raid of the New York Jets continued Tuesday when wide receiver Laveranues Coles said he had agreed to an offer sheet.
A restricted free agent, Coles visited Redskins offices for the second straight day on Tuesday and said he has come to terms on an offer sheet, although the Redskins did not make an official announcement.
"We verbally agreed" to an offer sheet," Coles said on the Redskins' official website. "It's important (the Redskins) made a commitment to me. I'm excited about the opportunity to come here and play."
Various published reports say Coles has agreed to a seven-year, $35 million offer sheet that includes a $13 million signing bonus.
If Washington officially tenders an offer sheet to Coles, the Jets will have seven days to match the offer. If New York does not match, the Redskins would keep Coles and give the Jets their 2003 first-round draft pick, which is 13th overall.
The Jets have until Thursday to decide whether to match the Redskins' five-year, $8 million offer sheet to Jets kick returner Chad Morton. The Redskins already have signed starting guard Randy Thomas and kicker John Hall away from the Jets as free agents.
The Jets reportedly offered Coles a six-year, $24 million deal that included a $6 million signing bonus, far less than the Redskins' offer.
"They already made the statement to me that they don't pay that kind of money," Coles told Newsday.
The 5-11 Coles had a breakout season in 2002, catching 89 passes for 1,264 yards with five touchdowns. He became the standout receiver in an offense that also featured wide receivers Santana Moss and Wayne Chrebet.
In his first two seasons in the league Coles played in 29 games and started 19. He totaled 81 catches those two seasons for 1,238 yards with eight touchdowns.
Coles, who played college football at Florida State, is a speed receiver with good hands. He grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., and went to the rival high school of current Redskins wide receiver Rod Gardner.
Johnson, 29, provides the Redskins with a veteran backup to Ramsey, a first-round pick in 2002. Washington's two other quarterbacks from last season - Shane Matthews and Danny Wuerffel - are unrestricted free agents.
Over his eight-year career, Johnson has passed for 5,702 yards and 30 touchdowns and rushed for 856 yards. He is often guilty of holding the ball too long, resulting in a high number of sacks.
Johnson started 26 of 30 games with the Buffalo Bills from 1998-2001 before signing as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.
Goodrich indicted in hit-and-run deaths
DALLAS, March 12 (UPI) -- Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Dwayne Goodrich was indicted Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run accident.
The accident killed two good Samaritans trying to pull an injured motorist from a burning car.
A Dallas County grand jury indicted Goodrich on two charges of manslaughter, three charges of failure to render aid and one of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remained free on $65,000 bond and his trial was tentatively scheduled June 9.
A manslaughter conviction carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison and a conviction on the failure to render aid charge up to five years in prison.
Demont Matthews, 23, and Joseph Wood, 21, were fatally injured Jan. 14 on a north Dallas freeway. A third Samaritan was hit but he survived with a broken leg. The burned driver also recovered.
Witnesses said a BMW traveling in excess of 100 mph drove between the burning car parked along the side of the road and a concrete barrier. Police investigators found no sign of skid marks that would indicate the driver made an attempt to stop.
Goodrich, who turned himself into police, said he thought he had struck some debris along the roadway, according to his lawyer. Police investigators have since found hair and tissue on the windshield of the car involved in the accident.
Goodrich's attorney said his client was remorseful and ready to accept responsibility when he learned what had really happened.
White Sox steroid testing controversy
TUCSON, Ariz., March 12 (UPI) -- The Chicago White Sox's first day of steroid testing reportedly has resulted in controversy.
A Chicago radio station reported that Tuesday's testing session resulted in a split between teammates, a rift that required intervention from Players Association general counsel Gene Orza.
The dispute apparently stemmed from 16 members of the team refusing to submit to trial testing. Under rules of the recently signed collective bargaining agreement, failure to take a test is equivalent to failing one.
According to the report, the block of players were hoping to force mandatory testing. Under terms of the new labor deal, if more than 5 percent of the players fail the test, screening will become mandatory.
But he decision to bypass testing did not sit well with some members of the White Sox, who were vocal in their opposition to the strategy. Many of the players opposed to the block of 16 cited the number of young players who followed veterans in eschewing testing.
"If you are a player who wants to stand for that, fine, but don't implicate young players," White Sox catcher Sandy Alomar said. "They said some of the veterans asked them not to do it. If you are a veteran guy and you don't want to do it, that is fine. The young guys do what they are told. They want to support the veteran guys."
After debate amongst the White Sox, player representative Kelly Wunsch contacted Orza, who convinced the players to submit to testing.
Orza refused to comment on the situation, citing the program's confidental nature, but White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams applauded his team's thought process.
"Although the players and their union do their own business, I admire our players greatly for taking a stand," Williams said.
Under the new CBA, all players on the 40-man roster will be tested in two parts, and up to 240 players can be tested a second time.
Giants sign free agent FB Jim Finn
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., March 12 (UPI) -- Fullback Jim Finn fulfilling a dream to play for his hometown team, signed with the New York Giants on Tuesday.
Finn, who spent the last three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, played at Bergen Catholic High School and his family resides in Fair Lawn, N.J., both a short distance from Giants Stadium.
"Growing up I heard so much about the Giants and Jets and it was a pedestal I dreamed of being on," Finn said. "To get a chance to play in front of the hometown crowd in Giants Stadium, where I've been going to watch games since 1985, is a dream come true. My family and friends will be able to see me on a regular basis."
Finn, 26, has served primarily as a blocking fullback and will fill that role with the Giants.
Last season, the 242-pound Finn played in 12 games, including two starts, and had just five carries for eight yards and six catches for 31 yards.
Quinn released by Royals
SURPRISE, Ariz., March 12 (UPI) -- Mark Quinn, whose once-promising career has been derailed by injuries, was released Tuesday by the Kansas City Royals.
The 28-year-old outfielder has a career .282 batting average, but has been unable to stay healthy the last two seasons.
After missing the start of the 2002 campaign with a cracked rib, suffered while Kung Fu fighting with his brother, Quinn played in just 23 games before going down with a hamstring injury.
Between the two injuries, he hit .237 with two homers and 11 RBI in 23 games. He never returned from the hamstring injury, and went down this spring with the same ailment.
When healthy, Quinn is a solid offensive player, hitting 45 homers and driving in 167 runs in 293 career games.
Quinn is the all-time home run leader among players whose last name begins with the letter Q, and is just the fourth player ever to hit two homers in his major league debut.
Long-term deal for Clifford Robinson
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 12 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons Tuesday rewarded veteran big man Clifford Robinson with a contract extension through the 2004-05 season.
The 14-year veteran is in his second season with the Pistons, and is averaging 12.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per contest in 34.6 minutes.
"After weighing my options, I felt like this was the place where I would like to finish my career," said Robinson, 36. "I'm happy with the team and the players here in Detroit and I look forward to being a part of the continued success of the franchise."
The Pistons are in first place in the Central Division with a 39-23 record.
"Clifford's veteran leadership both on and off the court has been pivotal to the resurgence of our organization," said Pistons President Joe Dumars. "Looking ahead towards the playoffs this season and beyond, Clifford Robinson's steady play will be a key to our success."
The 6-10 Robinson, an All-Star in 1994, has averaged 15.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 32.0 minutes in 1,078 games with Portland, Phoenix, and Detroit. He was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 1993.
Montgomery gets reprimand, probation
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., March 12 (UPI) -- Stanford Coach Mike Montgomery has been suspended for the Pac-10 Conference opener next Jan. 2 against Washington State.
The suspension is punishment for making contact with an official in a Feb. 27 game against Arizona State.
Montgomery, who will be allowed to coach throughout the postseason, was also placed on probation by the Pac-10 for the 2003-04 season.
"Any physical contact with an official by a coach is absolutely wrong and strictly forbidden," said Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen. "The conference must respond to any act by a coach which in any way might even be considered as an attempt to intimidate an official."
Montgomery grabbed an official's arm after a foul was called in the first half of the Cardinal's game against the Sun Devils. He was called for a technical foul, but not ejected from the game.
"The University and the Athletic Department are supportive of Coach Montgomery, but will accept the decision by the Pac-10 Commissioner and will move forward," said Stanford interim athletic director Debi Gore-Mann.
"The contact was inadvertent and there was no attempt to intimidate or threaten," Montgomery said. "My intention was simply to engage the official in a discussion of the play, and the subsequent flurry. It was an error on my part and I apologize."
On Monday, Montgomery was named Pac-10 Co-coach of the Year along with Lute Olson of top-ranked Arizona.
Rangers get Carter from Edmonton
NEW YORK, March 12 (UPI) -- The New York Rangers pulled off another deal before Tuesday's trade deadline, acquiring right wing Anson Carter from the Edmonton Oilers.
The Rangers landed Edmonton's top scorer and rookie defenseman, Ales Pisa, for right wing Radek Dvorak and veteran defenseman Cory Cross, a move that adds more money to the NHL's highest payroll.
The trade came a day after the Rangers suffered a disheartening 2-1 home loss to Florida that kept them four points behind the New York Islanders for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.
While it was the first deal of the day for the usually active Rangers, it was one of two for Edmonton, which sent defenseman Janne Niinimaa to the Islanders for wingers Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres. The Oilers are eighth in the West.
With just 11 games left in the regular season, the Rangers turned to the cash-strapped Oilers, who parted with their leading scorer. The 6-1, 200-pounder has 25 goals, including 10 on the power play, and 30 assists in 68 games.
Carter has 142 goals, 163 assists, and 144 penalty minutes in 441 NHL games, also playing with Washington and Boston. He already has been involved in deals involving Jason Allison, Jim Carey, Rick Tocchet, Bill Ranford, and Bill Guerin.
This season, Carter makes $2.4 million, which ranked fourth on the Oilers, but is only 14th on the Rangers. He becomes a restricted free agent on July 1.
Ottawa gets Smolinski from Kings
OTTAWA, March 12 (UPI) -- The Ottawa Senators Tuesday acquired center Bryan Smolinski from the Los Angeles Kings for the rights to highly touted defenseman Tim Gleason.
The trade came shortly before the 3 p.m. Eastern time trade deadline as the Senators continued to add players to their roster.
Smolinski is a five-time 20-goal scorer who goes from a team with an outside shot at a playoff spot to the team with the league's top point total. He is the third player obtained by the Senators in the last two weeks, joining former Buffalo players Vaclav Varada and Rob Ray.
Despite missing 11 games because of an eye laceration, Smolinski was third on the Kings in scoring with 18 goals and 20 assists. He is sixth in the NHL with eight game-winning goals.
Gleason, 20, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2001 draft, but never signed with the Senators. He has seven goals and 29 assists in 42 games with Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League, and twice played for the United States at the World Junior Championships.
Coyotes get Hrdina from Penguins
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 12 (UPI) -- The Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday sent three prospects to the Pittsburgh Penguins for center Jan Hrdina and defenseman Francois Leroux.
The Coyotes remained one of the most active teams heading into Tuesday's NHL trade deadline.
Left wings Guillaume Lefebvre and Ramzi Abid and defenseman Dan Focht were sent to Pittsburgh, which unloaded Hrdina's $1.25 million salary. The Coyotes had money to spare after trading right wing Tony Amonte to the Philadelphia Flyers Monday night.
Hrdina is the key to this deal. He established career highs last season with 24 goals and 33 assists in 79 games, was second in the NHL with a .209 shooting percentage, and played for the Czech Republic at the Salt Lake City Olympics.
Hrdina, 27, slowed by back and hip injuries this season, was third on the Penguins in scoring with 14 goals and 25 assists in 57 games. He has a career-high 11 power-play tallies, and is 14th in the NHL with a .560 faceoff percentage.
Leroux, 32, has spent the entire season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, and had a goal, three assists, and 124 penalty minutes in 57 games. He returns to the Coyotes' organization after spending two seasons with their AHL affiliate at Springfield, Mass.
In 249 games with Edmonton, Ottawa, Colorado, and Pittsburgh, Leroux has three goals, 20 assists, and 577 penalty minutes.
Lefebvre, 21, spent less than 24 hours with Phoenix after he was acquired in the Amonte deal. He had four penalty minutes in 14 games with Philadelphia after totaling seven goals, six assists, and 113 penalty minutes in 47 games with the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms.
Pittsburgh sends Primeau to Sharks
PITTSBURGH, March 12 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins continued their salary purge Tuesday, sending center Wayne Primeau to San Jose.
In return, they got right wing Matt Bradley in a deal involving two teams playing out the string.
It's the second deal in three days for the tight-fisted Penguins, who are 12 points out of the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with as many games remaining.
San Jose is 13 points out of eighth place in the West with 13 games left.
Primeau, 26, a checking center with only 32 goals in 420 NHL games, is making $825,000 this season, and is signed through 2003-04. Bradley, 24, is collecting $467,500 this season, after which he will be a restricted free agent.
On Sunday, the Penguins sent center Randy Robitaille and the remainder of his $820,000 salary to the New York Islanders for a draft pick. They also sent star winger Alexei Kovalev, defenseman Janne Laukkanen, and forward Dan LaCouture to the New York Rangers for four low-paid players and cash.
San Jose also has been shaking up its roster before Tuesday's 3 p.m. Eastern time deadline, dealing Bradley, captain Owen Nolan and veteran defenseman Bryan Marchment in the last week.
Detroit gets Schneider from Kings
DETROIT, March 12 (UPI) -- The Detroit Red Wings Tuesday acquired offensive-minded Mathieu Schneider from the Los Angeles Kings for two players and two high draft picks.
The Wings were trying to strengthen their blue line as they seek their second straight Stanley Cup. They sent defenseman Maxim Kuznetsov, center Sean Avery, a first-round draft pick in 2003, and a second-rounder in 2004 to the Kings.
He collects $3.5 million this season and next.
Schneider is enjoying one of the best seasons of his 14-year career, recording 14 goals, one in a 3-2 loss to Detroit on Monday, and 29 assists in 65 games. He is seventh among NHL defensemen in scoring.
He is expected to join his sixth NHL team Wednesday, when the Red Wings visit Phoenix. He also has played for the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Toronto, and Montreal, recording 152 goals and 347 assists in 901 games.
Carolina sends Battaglia to Colorado
RALEIGH, N.C., March 12 (UPI) -- Left wing Bates Battaglia of Carolina Tuesday was shipped to the Colorado Avalanche at the NHL trade deadline approached.
In return, the Hurricanes picked up right wing Radim Vrbata.
for right wing Radim Vrbata.
Battaglia led the Hurricanes' run to the Stanley Cup Finals last spring. He was a member of the "BBC Line" that totaled 10 goals and 14 assists in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Montreal.
Phoenix gets Gratton from Sabres
The Coyotes remained on the eve of the NHL trade deadline. The deal came hours after the Coyotes sent right wing Tony Amonte to the Philadelphia Flyers for Guillaume Lefebvre and two draft picks.
It also continued a busy day for the bankrupt Sabres, who shipped captain Stu Barnes to the Dallas Stars for center Mike Ryan and a 2003 second-round pick, and traded rugged right wing Rob Ray to Ottawa for future considerations.
Gratton, 27, joins his fourth team in a 10-year career after he was taken third overall in the 1993 draft by Tampa Bay. He ranked second in scoring on last-place Buffalo with 15 goals and 29 assists in 66 games, and was fourth with 86 penalty minutes.
Predators claim Warriner
NASHVILLE, March 12 (UPI) -- The Nashville Predators Tuesday added more speed to their lineup when they claimed left wing Todd Warriner off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers.
It was the second move in eight days for the Predators, who are five points behind Edmonton for the final Western Conference playoff berth, and were relatively inactive before Tuesday's trade deadline. They have not made the postseason since joining the NHL in 1998-99.
On March 3, Nashville acquired left wing Oleg Petrov from Montreal for a draft pick. The addition of Warriner gives even more speed to a roster filled with talented prospects.
Warriner, 29, joins his third team of the season after being traded from Vancouver to Philadelphia on Feb. 5. He has six goals and nine assists in 43 games.
In 447 NHL contests, Warriner has 65 goals and 88 assists.