Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Correction to CIA-Nikiski hoops start times

Starting times for games between Cook Inlet Academy and Nikiski at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School were listed incorrectly in Tuesday's "On Tap." The CIA girls tip off with the Bulldogs at 4 p.m., followed by the boys at 5:45 p.m.

Sorenstam could be headed to Hogan's Alley

A tournament made famous by Ben Hogan and steeped in tradition on the PGA Tour could be in for a real twist: Annika Sorenstam is negotiating to play in the Colonial.

Tournament director Dee Finely said Tuesday her agent has inquired about giving one of the 12 sponsor's exemptions to Sorenstam. That would make her the first woman to play on the PGA Tour since 1945 -- the year before Colonial began.

''We have been contacted by Mark Steinberg (at IMG),'' Finley said. ''It's interesting, and something for us to consider.''

He declined comment on the negotiations until ''we have something to announce,'' which could be as early as Wednesday.

Riley fined $20,000 for criticizing officials

MIAMI -- Pat Riley, fined by the NBA for the second time this season Tuesday, joked that his complaints about officials have taken a toll on his wife and daughter.

How much?

''About three trips to Saks Fifth Avenue, so enough's enough,'' Riley said. ''I may have to bite my tongue.''

The Miami Heat coach was fined $20,000 Tuesday for criticizing the officials following a loss to Portland last week. He was hit with a $50,000 fine in December.

Riley admitted that his complaints reflect the frustration of coaching a team that's last in the Atlantic Division.

Phillips first woman to coach Division I men's team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee State athletic director Teresa Phillips will make history Thursday night as the first woman to coach a men's Division I college basketball team.

The unprecedented decision came after 19 players were ejected following a brawl between Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky on Monday night.

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