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Posted: Monday, April 08, 2002

Griffey out at least 3-to-6 weeks after injuring knee

CINCINNATI -- Reds star Ken Griffey Jr. will miss at least 3-to-6 weeks after injuring his troublesome right knee in a rundown during Sunday's game against Montreal.

Griffey partially tore the patella tendon and partially dislocated his right kneecap. Cincinnati placed the All-Star center fielder on the 15-day disabled list after a 10-inning, 6-5 win over the Expos.

''It's a serious injury,'' team doctor Timothy Kremchek said after Griffey had an MRI exam.

The Reds will try to treat Griffey with rest and rehabilitation.

Kremchek said there was an ''outside chance'' Griffey will need an operation. If surgery is required, Griffey would likely be out for the rest of the season, the doctor said.

Griffey, who was bothered during spring training by tendinitis in the same knee, was hurt as he was being tagged by Expos third baseman Chris Truby in the seventh inning. Griffey had tried to score from third base on a grounder and was trapped in a rundown.

Griffey went down holding his knee and was briefly attended to by Cincinnati medical personnel before limping gingerly off the field.

Last year, Griffey missed most of the first three months because of a partially torn left hamstring.

Earlier in the game, Griffey hit his 461st career home run.

Duke's Williams wins Wooden Award

LOS ANGELES -- Jason Williams of Duke, last year's runner-up, won the 26th John R. Wooden Award on Sunday as college basketball's top male player.

''Wow. This is a great award,'' Williams said, accepting the trophy from Wooden in a presentation at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. ''This one just tops them all. Coach Wooden represents everything I've always stood for -- pride, integrity and trust.''

Williams beat out Drew Gooden of Kansas by 900 points.

Williams will graduate in May with a sociology degree in just three years. He is the third Duke player in four years to win. Shane Battier beat out Williams last year, and Elton Brand won in 1999.

Williams led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 21.3 points a game.

Duke lost to Indiana 74-73 in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament when Williams missed a free throw that would have tied the game.

''Everybody's been saying, 'I'm sorry you missed that shot against Indiana,' but I've had a great career,'' said Williams, also selected as The Associated Press player of the year.

Williams received 5,223 points in voting by a national panel of sports writer and sportscasters. Gooden was second with 4,323.

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