Coleman part of three-team trade
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- With a banged-up roster and the regular season quickly approaching, the Philadelphia 76ers decided to gamble today that Derrick Coleman has something left after 11 trying NBA seasons.
The 76ers re-acquired the enigmatic power forward from the Charlotte Hornets in a three-team deal involving seven players.
Coleman spent three turbulent seasons in Philadelphia, never playing more than 59 games because of an assortment of ailments. He eventually became a free agent after the 76ers did not exercise his option following the 1997-98 campaign.
Joining Coleman in Philadelphia will be forward Corie Blount and guard Vonteego Cummings, who come over from the Golden State Warriors.
The 76ers shipped forwards George Lynch, Jerome Moiso and Robert Traylor to the Hornets while dealing forward Cedric Henderson and a conditional first-round draft pick in 2005 to the Warriors.
Chiefs host Colts to start NFL weekend
KANSAS CITY, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Two struggling teams led by a pair of veteran coaches will clash tonight when the Indianapolis Colts visit the Kansas City Chiefs.
Indianapolis (2-3) and Kansas City (1-5) are trying to salvage quickly sinking seasons and each has lost three straight games.
Colts coach Jim Mora is facing some criticism after his team -- AFC East champions in 1999 and a wild card team in 2000 -- suffered their second embarrasing loss of the season to the New England Patriots last week.
The return of Dick Vermeil after a one-year retirement has not been successful for the Chiefs, who are off to their worst start since they were 1-8-1 under Frank Gansz in 1988.
Hurricanes seek to improve in BCS ratings
MIAMI, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The Miami Hurricanes, ranked first in the eyes of the coaches and media but only fourth in the Bowl Championship Series, opens the college football weekend tonight by hosting Big East Conference foe West Virginia.
The Hurricanes are once again fighting an uphill battle in their bid to reach the NCAA title game. Miami was shut out of the championship game last year, giving way to Florida State even though the Hurricanes defeated the Seminoles.
USA withdraws from Fed Cup
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The United States will not participate in the Federation Cup finals next month in Madrid, Spain due to concerns over the current international crisis.
The United States Tennis Association said today the situation created by the recent terrorist attacks made it "inadvisable" for American athletes to compete abroad as a team.
The USTA added that the decision to withdraw from the tournament, scheduled for Nov. 7-11, came after input from U.S. captain Billie Jean King, players and government officals.
The United States is the two-time defending champion of the event. The ITF will announce a nation to replace the United States and join Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Argentina, Russia and Australia.
Davenport reaches Austrian quarterfinals
LINZ, Austria, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Top seed Lindsay Davenport of the United States moved into the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies Open today, but No. 2 Justine Henin of Belgium was not as fortunate.
While Davenport, the defending champion, defeated Daja Bedanova of the Czech Republic, 7-6, (8-6), 6-0, Henin was upset by Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan, 6-7 (1-7), 6-0, 6-3.
The 25-year-old Davenport has won her last two tournaments. Sunday's victory at the Swisscom Challenge at Zurich was her sixth title of the season and 36th of her career.
She has not lost before the quarterfinals of any of the 15 tournaments she has played this year, despite missing three months in the middle of the season with a right knee bone bruise.
Henin, the Wimbledon finalist, became the No. 2 seed on the eve of the tournament when Venus Williams withdrew with a wrist injury.
Crew extends coach's contract
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Greg Andrulis, who guided the Columbus Crew to a franchise-record nine-game unbeaten streak during the past season, has agreed to terms on a two-year contract.
The deal runs through the 2003 season, but no financial terms were disclosed.
After being promoted to coach on May 17, the 43-year-old Andrulis compiled a 12-4-4 record -- including the 7
2 stretch from July 4-Aug. 19 -- as the Crew earned the No. 4 seed in the MLS Cup playoffs.
Columbus was knocked from the postseason tournament by San Jose in the quarterfinals.
Singh shares lead
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Vijay Singh, who has earned more than $3 million this year without winning a title, carded an 8-under-par 64 today to share the first-round lead with Geoff Ogilvy at the Buick Challenge.
Fourth on the money list with $3,250,429, Singh has 13 top-10 finishes, including runner-ups at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and The Players Championship. The Fiji native has not finished first on the PGA Tour since capturing The Masters last year, but did win twice early this season on the international portion of the European Tour.
Ogilvy earned a spot on the tour at Qualifying School last fall and is 92nd on the money list with $525,338. He has just two top-10 finishes, with his best performance a tie for second at the Honda Classic in May.
Joel Edwards, Sweden's Per-Ulrik Johansson, Neal Lancaster, Mike Sposa and Danny Ellis were tied for third at 7-under 65 at the Callaway Gardens Resort.
Former Masters champion Mark O'Meara and Argentine rookie Jose Coceres, the winner at last week's National Car Rental Classic, were at 66.
Coceres is trying to crash the top 30 on the money list and qualify for next week's Tour Championship in Houston. His victory last week allowed him to jump from 56th to 33rd.
Sorenstam wins opening match
NARITA, Japan, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Top seed Annika Sorenstam of Sweden advanced to the second round today as the LPGA Tour returned from a two-week absence at the $960,000 World Ladies Match Play Championship.
Sorenstam, a six-time 2001 LPGA champion, defeated Mineko Nasu from the Japanese LPGA, 3 & 2. She will take on Michele Redman in the next round. Redman topped Kasumi Fujii, 2 & 1.
This is the first match-play event in nine years for the LPGA, which called off last week's tournament in Jeju, Korea as a result of the military action taken by the United States and its allies in Afghanistan.
The 32-player field is comprised of 16 LPGA Tour players and 16 members of the Japanese LPGA Tour.
Boggs resigns from Devil Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Citing a desire to spend more time with his family, Wade Boggs resigned today as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' hitting coach.
Boggs, 43, was named to the position prior to the 2001 season after spending one year in Tampa Bay's front office as special assistant to the general manager. He retired as a player in 1999.
"I'm at a point right now in my life where my family needs me to be around much more than baseball allows me to be," Boggs said. "But I am going to leave the door open to return to the game sometime down the road."
A Tampa native, Boggs spent the final two years of his 18-year career with the Devil Rays and collected his 3,000th hit in a Tampa Bay uniform. He ranks 22nd on the all-time hits list with 3,010.