Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2002

Weather delays launch of Heisman campaign

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Bad weather sacked Monday's planned launch of a Heisman Trophy campaign for Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser in the remote town of Dusty.

A lightning storm downed power lines in many parts of Eastern Washington early Monday, and a utility truck that was to raise the banner was not available, WSU officials said.

''We'll try it again on Tuesday,'' sports information director Rod Commons said.

Cougar boosters are installing a 25-foot-tall likeness of Gesser on a grain elevator in the rural Whitman County town. It's a spoof of last year's high-profile campaign by Oregon, which had quarterback Joey Harrington's picture splashed across a New York City skyscraper.

The banner shows a knees-to-helmet photograph of Gesser just as the ball is coming off his hand. Down the left side is ''Washington State'', while ''Cougars'' appears across the bottom just below the name ''Jason Gesser.''

The headline across the top reads: ''GESS WHO 4 HEISMAN''

Gesser threw for more than 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, becoming WSU's first Heisman hopeful since quarterback Ryan Leaf.

The grain elevator is just off Route 26, ''at a rest stop not 100 feet off the two-lane highway,'' WSU officials said.

Many WSU fans from Western Washington use the road to get to the Pullman campus for football games.

Dunleavy signs with Golden State

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mike Dunleavy, the third overall pick in the NBA draft, signed with the Golden State Warriors on Monday.

Dunleavy, a 6-foot-9 forward, was a member of Duke's 2001 national championship team. He averaged 17.3 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Blue Devils last season, then skipped his senior season to enter the draft.

The Warriors wouldn't discuss the terms of Dunleavy's three-year contract, but the deal is in line with the rookie pay scale determined by the NBA's collective bargaining agreement. Last year's No. 3 overall pick, Memphis forward Pau Gasol, signed a three-year deal worth $9.6 million.

Dunleavy is working out with the Warriors' summer league team in preparation for league play, which begins Wednesday in Long Beach. The Warriors hope Dunleavy takes over as their starting small forward.

Golden State still hasn't named a coach for the upcoming season, though Dunleavy's father, Mike Dunleavy, is one of the top candidates for the post currently held by interim coach Brian Winters.

Knicks sign first-round pick Williams

NEW YORK -- Frank Williams, a first-round pick in the NBA draft, signed with the New York Knicks on Monday.

Williams, a 6-foot-3, 205 pound guard from Illinois, was the 25th overall pick in the draft, chosen by the Denver Nuggets. Denver then traded the rights to Williams, along with Antonio McDyess and a 2003 second-round pick, to New York for Marcus Camby, Mark Jackson and the draft rights to Maybyner Hilario.

Terms of Williams' contract were not disclosed.

Williams, who averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 assists for the Illini over three seasons, is expected to play on the Knicks' pro summer league team from July 15-21 in Boston.



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