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Iverson day-to-day with thumb sprain

| Friday, Nov. 8, 2002

PHILADELPHIA — After five weeks of injury woes, the Philadelphia 76ers got some good news Thursday about Allen Iverson .

A magnetic resonance imaging exam showed that Iverson's right thumb, feared broken in a 101-99 overtime win Wednesday night over the Los Angeles Clippers, is only sprained. He's listed as day-to-day, meaning he could play tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"You can't predict anything," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "Whatever happens, you've just got to move on. That's why you have a team."

  • Toronto Raptors star Vince Carter met with orthopedist James Andrews to get another opinion on his injured left quadriceps tendon. Carter has missed two games since re-injuring his left knee in a game against Houston last Saturday.

    COLLEGE BASKETBALL

    They forfeited the victories, ordered the championship banners taken down and can't play in the postseason.

    The Michigan Wolverines, who became one of college basketball's most successful programs during the "Fab Five" days of the 1990s, endured what the school's president called a "day of great shame" Thursday.

    The university punished its men's basketball program after a federal investigation revealed that former booster Ed Martin had given a total of $616,000 to Chris Webber and three other ex-Michigan players.

    Michigan announced it would prohibit the team from playing in either the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitation Tournament after the upcoming season. The team also will forfeit victories from five seasons, as well the 1992 Final Four appearance.

    The impact of the sanctions isn't limited to paper programs and media guides, which no longer will mention the names of Webber, Robert Traylor, Maurice Taylor or Louis Bullock. Fans will notice immediately, because four banners will be taken down at Crisler Arena: for the 1992 and 1993 Final Fours, the 1997 NIT title and the 1998 Big Ten tournament title.

    Michigan also said it would return to the NCAA $450,000 — money it earned for appearing in the postseason — and go on probation for two years.

    "There is no excuse for what happened. It was wrong — plain and simple," university president Mary Sue Coleman said. "This is a day of great shame."

    The school announced the penalties in a letter to the NCAA yesterday, after it received a formal letter of inquiry from the NCAA on Oct. 29. By imposing the sanctions, Michigan hopes to head off more severe action by the NCAA.

    "We will now ask to get on the schedule for a hearing with the infractions committee as soon as possible," Michigan athletic director Bill Martin said "We hope it will be very soon."

    Michigan hopes to meet with the NCAA in December, but it may have to wait until February. Six-to-eight weeks later, the school will find out whether the NCAA accepts the self-imposed sanctions or will add more.

    Webber could not be reached for comment Thursday because his NBA team, the Sacramento Kings, had the day off after returning from a four-game road trip.

    Last season, the Wolverines went just 11-18 and 5-11 in the Big Ten under first-year coach Tommy Amaker. He will have two years added to the five-year contract he signed last year, because of the two-year probation.

  • Dayton University basketball player Sammy Smith who claimed he was abducted by a gunman last month has admitted fabricating the story.

  • Fox Sports Pittsburgh will televise three Robert Morris University men's games, including a Dec. 14 game against St. Francis (Pa.). The others include Jan. 18 against Quinnipiac and Jan. 25 against Wagner. The Northeast Conference will televise 29 men's and women's basketball games regionally — a record number for the league. ESPN2 will televise the NEC tournament men's championship game at 7 p.m. on March 12.

  • Sammy Smith, a Dayton University basketball player who claimed he was abducted by a gunman last month, has admitted fabricating the story. The 6-foot-5 Smith, a 21-year-old junior forward, was granted a release from the university on Monday, allowing him to transfer. He played in 46 games during his two seasons at Dayton and averaged 1.2 points.

  • Bowling Green basketball coach Dan Dakich has signed a new five-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released. Dakich left for West Virginia in April only to quit and return to Bowling Green a week later.

  • Michigan State guard Maurice Ager will be out for 4-6 weeks after suffering a stress fracture to his right ankle, basketball coach Tom Izzo said. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound freshman is a highly regarded recruit who averaged 24.5 points and seven rebounds per game in his senior year at Detroit's Crockett High School.

    BASEBALL

    McKeesport native Scott Seabol, a former New York Yankees prospect, signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Seabol played with the New York Yankees' Class AAA affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, last year. A versatile player, Seabol batted .259 for the Clippers and saw action at first base, second base, third base, shortstop and the outfield.

    Seabol made a brief appearance with the Yankees in 2001 and had one at-bat.

    BOXING

    Light heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. will move up to heavyweight to fight WBA champion John Ruiz in March, while Evander Holyfield will meet Chris Byrd next month, promoter Don King announced yesterday.

  • For his next extravaganza, Don King is offering four fighters for a series that might lead the survivor to the man he calls the emperor of boxing — WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. The fighters include four-time champion Evander Holyfield, top contender Chris Byrd and WBA champion John Ruiz. The fourth is Roy Jones Jr., the former middleweight champ and current light heavyweight champ who is moving up in weight to fight with the big boys. Armed with a vacant championship, King moved to solve that dilemma by matching Holyfield and Byrd for the IBF title Dec. 14 in Atlantic City. The second part of his heavyweight perfecta is set for March 1 in Las Vegas, when Jones will fight Ruiz.

    FOOTBALL

    Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick agreed to a new $2.5 million, five-year contract yesterday.

  • Bethlehem Catholic quarterback Adam Bednarik made an oral commitment to attend West Virginia. He is the school's 10th commitment.

  • The Pittsburgh Passion women's football team is having a tryout Saturday at Dean's Field in Bloomfield (located under the Bloomfield Bridge). Registration is set for 1 p.m. with the tryouts to begin at 2 p.m. Participants must be at least 18 years old and show proof of health insurance.

  • Nebraska quarterback Jammal Lord pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace.

    HOCKEY

    Washington Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig was activated for last night's game against Florida after missing five games with an injured hand.

    FIGURE SKATING

  • Alexei Yagudin, the most dominant men's figure skater of his era, plans to be back on the ice later this month after learning that a hip injury is not career threatening after all. The 22-year-old Yagudin, the 2002 Olympic gold medalist and a four-time world champion, suffers from severe inflammation caused by fluid buildup in the joint of his right hip. He's had hip problems since last year, but they worsened last month, when he withdrew from Skate America in Spokane, Wash.

    GOLF

  • In Sotogrande, Spain, Angel Cabrera birdied his last four holes on the way to an 8-under-par 63 in the first round of the Volvo Masters at Valderrama. Cabrera has a four-shot lead over Phillip Price of Wales. Five players are at 68.

    HORSE RACING

  • Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, who began a comeback last week, recorded her first victory after 3 1 / 2 years in retirement aboard 9-10 favorite Jade Vixen in the eighth race at Hollywood Park. The win was the 3,546th for Krone, the only female jockey to be elected to the Hall of Fame and the only woman to win a Triple Crown race. She rode Colonial Affair to victory in the 1993 Belmont Stakes.

    MOTOR SPORTS

  • In Phoenix, Ariz., Rick Crawford will try to overcome a 68-point championship deficit entering the next-to-final race of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season when he starts Saturday's Chevy Silverado 150 race from the pole position. He qualified four spots ahead of championship leader Mike Bliss, who'll start fifth in the 150-lap, 150-mile race.

  • Ray Evernham ended his one-year association with Ultra Motorsports, effectively costing driver Casey Atwood a permanent Winston Cup ride. Evernham had teamed with Ultra owner Jim Smith this season to field the No. 7 Dodge, a partnership primarily designed to give Atwood a ride. But Smith decided to replace Atwood in the car, beginning with this weekend's race in Phoenix, so the two car owners ended their partnership. Jason Leffler, who raced on the Winston Cup series last season for Chip Ganassi and spent all of this year driving in the truck series for Smith, will drive the No. 7 Dodge this weekend.

    OLYMPICS

  • The U.S. Olympic Committee will stage the first Titan Games, a multi-sport competition designed to challenge Summer Olympic hopefuls, Feb. 14-15 at San Jose State University. American athletes will compete against athletes around the world as a testing ground prior to the Athens Olympics in 2004.

    SAILING

  • Sailors competing in the America's Cup will be drug-tested for the first time, race officials announced. Cup defenders Team New Zealand and eight remaining challenge teams from six countries have welcomed the move to bring the 151-year-old sailing event into line with other international sports using established guidelines.

    TENNIS

  • In Los Angeles, 8ighth-seeded Jelena Dokic defeated Anastasia Myskina of Russia, 6-3, 6-4, in just over an hour in front of a few hundred people at the WTA Championships. Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria surprised No. 7 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, 6-2, 7-5, in another first-round match.

  • In Pattaya, Thailand, former Wimbledon junior champion Angelique Widjaja took advantage of a string of unforced errors to oust Sandra Kleinova, 6-4, 6-1, and advance to the quarterfinals of the Volvo Women's Open.

    OFF THE FIELD

  • A Canadian father is suing the New Brunswick Amateur Hockey Association after his 16-year-old son failed to win the league's most valuable player award. Michael Croteau is seeking about $200,000 in psychological and punitive damages from the association. He also demands that the MVP trophy be taken from the winner and given to his son, Steven. Steven was the New Brunswick Bantam AAA leading scorer with a league-leading 45 goals and 42 assists in 27 games, while the boy named most valuable player finished fourth in league scoring with 21 goals and 39 assists. The league's nine coaches or managers select the most valuable player, and voting results are not disclosed.

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