Leafs coach return uncertain
TORONTO, May 22 (UPI) -- Toronto Maple Leafs Coach Pat Quinn is being treated for an irregular heartbeat and likely will miss the next two games of the Eastern Conference finals, it was announced Wednesday.
The team disclosed that Quinn remains under observation at Toronto General Hospital after undergoing a series of tests. His condition is expected to be controlled by medication, Maple Leafs President Ken Dryden said.
It is "very unlikely" Quinn will be behind the bench for Thursday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, who lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one.
If Quinn cannot return, assistant Rick Ley will run the team for the second straight contest. Ley was behind the bench for Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss at the Air Canada Centre that returned home-ice advantage to Carolina.
Following Thursday's contest, the series shifts back to Raleigh on Saturday for Game Five.
Woods seeks 4th straight Memorial win
DUBLIN, Ohio, May 22 (UPI) -- In a career already full of superlatives, Tiger Woods can add one more.
Woods can tie the PGA Tour record for consecutive wins in a single tournament when tries for No. 4 at the Memorial, a $4.5 million event that begins Thursday at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Woods' domination of the event has progressed from a two-stroke win in 1999 to five shots in 2000 to a whopping seven-shot triumph last year. A triumph this weekend would tie Walter Hagen, who won the PGA Championship from 1924 to 1927 and Gene Sarazen, who took the Miami Open in 1926 and from 1928 to 1930.
A winner of 31 PGA events, Woods already has won more than $3 million this year with victories at the Bay Hill Invitational and The Masters.
Piazza answers rumors
PHILADELPHIA, May 22 (UPI) -- Mike Piazza hopes he has put to rest rumors about his sexuality.
The New York Mets catcher and superstar declared publicly to the news media before a game in Philadelphia that he is not gay.
He was responding to an article in the New York Post and a yet-to-be published story in Details Magazine. Though he was not mentioned by name, speculation has been running rampant in New York and the sports world about his sexual preferences.
"Obviously, the rumor was brought to my attention, and all I have to say is that I'm not gay. I am heterosexual," Piazza said. "That's pretty much it. That's all I can say. I don't need to address the issue further. That's just a part of being a public figure. Things come up; rumors get started. I don't know how or where, but these things do not apply to me at all. I said what I have to say. I can't control what people think, but I am heterosexual, I date women, end of story."
Piazza added that he did not think it would be a big problem for today's players to accept a gay teammate
Mighty Ducks name Babcock coach
ANAHEIM, Calif., May 22 (UPI) -- The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim promoted from within on Wednesday, naming Mike Babcock as the new coach of the struggling franchise.
Babcock has coached the team's top minor league affiliate, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League, the last two seasons.
Earlier this month, the Ducks elevated Coach Bryan Murray to the position of senior vice president and general manager.
In his new position, Murray relinquished his coaching duties and began a search for the Ducks' sixth coach in their nine-year history. He decided on the 39-year-old Babcock, who posted a 74-59-20-7 record at Cincinnati and led the team to the playoffs in each of his two seasons.
Texans' DL Walker to have surgery
HOUSTON, May 22 (UPI) -- What the expansion Houston Texans feared most will happen, possibly as early as Thursday. Veteran defensive end Gary Walker, an expansion draft pick, will need surgery on his injured right groin.
The Houston Chronicle reported that medical personnel discovered through a battery of tests that Walker, 29, also has a hernia.
Houston Coach Dom Capers said it was not clear if that the injury was pre-existing or developed as a result of the groin problem. The groin injury occurred while Walker was rushing the passer during an on-field coaching session last week.
Walker, a 6-2, 305-pounder, played for Capers when he was defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1999-2001. He began his seven-year NFL career in 1995 after being a fifth-round pick by the Houston Oilers. He played for the Tennessee Titans for the first two years after the team relocated to Tennessee.
Seles advances in first Madrid test
MADRID, May 22 (UPI) -- Top seed Monica Seles of the United States advanced Wednesday but two other seeded players fell in the second round of the $170,000 Madrid Open claycourt tennis tournament.
Seles, who had a bye in the first round, moved into the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Spain's Marta Marrero.
American Chanda Rubin had the biggest upset of the
day, posting a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Spain's Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.
Four seeded players lost in the first round on Tuesday.
Koch defends title in Corning Classic
CORNING, N.Y., May 22 (UPI) -- Carin Koch's husband, Stefan, proved to be her good-luck charm in upstate New York last May.
The 31-year-old Swede is hoping to repeat last year's success as she returns to defend her title at the Corning Classic, which begins Thursday at the Corning Country Club.
With Stefan carrying her bags for the first time in more than a year, Koch broke through for her first and only LPGA title. She recorded a four-round total of 18-under par 270, defeating fellow Swede Maria Hjorth and Mhairi McKay by two strokes.
Among those trying to dethrone Koch are five players in the top
20, including leading-money winner Rosie Jones, who captured consecutive titles here in 1996 and 1997.
Moog named Stars' assistant
DALLAS, May 22 (UPI) -- Andy Moog, who spent the last three seasons as a goaltending consultant for the Vancouver Canucks, Wednesday was named a goaltending coach for the Dallas Stars under new coach Dave Tippett.
Moog posted a 372-209-88 record and 3.13 goals-against average in an 18-year NHL career, winning three Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s as Grant Fuhr's backup. He ranks ninth on the NHL's all-time wins list.
Moog was an original member of the Dallas Stars, playing in 175 games for the team from 1993-97. He retired following the 1997-98 campaign.
Notre Dame qb plans transfer
SOUTH BEND, Ind., May 22 (UPI) -- Matt LoVecchio, who played poorly in Notre Dame's spring game and appeared to be losing out in the battle for starting quarterback with Carlyle Holiday,
has decided to transfer.
A Notre Dame spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that LoVecchio has asked to be released from his scholarship and that the school has granted the request.
LoVecchio led Notre Dame to seven straight victories as a freshman in 2000, but took a step back last season, losing his job to Holiday. LoVecchio appeared in seven games and completed 34-of-69 passes for 287 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.