Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2001

BASKETBALL

PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson and Aaron McKie both had surgery and will not be able to play for the Philadelphia 76ers for at least a month.

Iverson, the NBA's MVP who led the 76ers to the Finals last season, is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks after an arthroscopic operation on his right elbow. He probably will be ready for the season opener Oct. 30.

McKie, the league's top sixth man, had a similar procedure on his right shoulder and will be out 6-to-8 weeks. He could start the season on the injured list.

NEW YORK -- Luc Longley, a 10-year veteran who won three NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls, announced his retirement.

The 32-year-old center, who played in 25 games for New York last season, has an arthritic condition in his left ankle that forced his retirement. The 7-foot-2 Longley was a member of Australia's Olympic team. He also played for Minnesota and Phoenix, averaging 7.2 points and 4.9 rebounds for his career.

DALLAS -- The Mavericks traded rookie guard Kenny Satterfield to Denver for a future second-round draft pick or future considerations.

FOOTBALL

BOSTON -- Drew Bledsoe's doctors determined his organs were not damaged on a tackle that caused internal bleeding in his chest, New England coach Bill Belichick said.

The Patriots quarterback still was expected to miss at least two games, but he could be released from the hospital as soon as Wednesday.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Vikings signed former Buffalo safety Henry Jones to replace the injured Robert Griffith.

SAN ANTONIO -- U.S. Ryder Cup captain Curtis Strange said his team will donate $520,000 to the National Disaster Relief Fund, while the PGA of America said it would give $500,000.

HOCKEY

DETROIT -- The Red Wings have left goalie Chris Osgood unprotected for the NHL's waiver draft after the team was unable to trade him.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Colorado forward Milan Hejduk pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving in an alleged drunken-driving case.

Under a deal with prosecutors, a charge of driving while ability impaired will be dismissed if Hejduk stays out of trouble for two years, district attorney's spokesman Mike Knight said.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR driver Mike Skinner will undergo reconstructive knee surgery that will keep him out of a race car for the rest of the season.

Skinner, who drives the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, will be replaced by Robby Gordon, who filled in for four races after Skinner was injured July 15 in a crash during the Winston Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.

The decision to operate ends Skinner's seven-year stint driving for Childress.

TENNIS

HONG KONG -- Fourth-seeded Andy Roddick hurt his foot during the first round of the $400,000 Salem Open and quit in the third set against Brazil's Andre Sa.

Second-seeded Marat Safin moved into the second round, beating John Hui 6-3, 6-2. Also advancing were third-seeded Sebastian Grosjean and Michael Chang.

PALERMO, Sicily -- Second-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain was eliminated in the first round of a $400,000 ATP tournament, losing 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to David Nalbandian of Argentina.

Five other seeded Spaniards -- No. 1 Alex Corretja, No. 3 Albert Portas, No. 4 Tommy Robredo, No. 5 Albert Costa and No. 8 Galo Blanco -- all advanced to the second round. Also, No. 6 Andreas Vinciguerra defeated Karim Alami in the clay-court event.

LEIPZIG, Germany -- Anke Huber beat friend and doubles partner Barbara Schett 7-6 (5), 6-4 to reach the second round of the $565,000 Sparkassen Cup WTA tournament.

In other action, sixth-seeded Magdalena Maleeva ousted Denisa Chladkova 6-3, 6-3, and fifth-seeded Silvia Farina-Elia defeated Barbara Rittner 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4.

TRACK AND FIELD

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- A memorial ceremony for eight University of Wyoming runners who died in a car crash last week began with a bell tolling once for each athlete.

The small brass bell, normally used to let runners know when one lap is left in a race, was rung on the floor of the university's Arena-Auditorium as about 3,500 friends, family and fellow students gathered to remember the athletes.



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