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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2001

Another sign Jordan's ready to confirm comeback

WASHINGTON -- There was another sign Saturday that Michael Jordan's return is imminent.

A column in The Washington Post, without citing sources, said Jordan would confirm ''early next week, probably Monday'' his decision to play for the Washington Wizards this season.

Jordan all but confirmed his comeback to The Associated Press, CNN-SI and the Chicago Sun-Times on Sept. 10. At the time, Jordan planned to hold a news conference in Washington within 10 days, but last week's terrorist attacks prompted him to make the announcement more low key.

The Wizards are prepared to announce Jordan's return at a moment's notice, with staff essentially just waiting for him to give the final OK. Word definitely must come by Oct. 1, when the Wizards fly to Wilmington, N.C., for the start of training camp.

Jordan retired after the 1997-98 season after leading the Chicago Bulls to a sixth NBA title. He joined the Wizards in January 2000, becoming a part-owner and president of basketball operations.

Everett probably out for season

BOSTON -- Even though his latest suspension has ended, Carl Everett probably won't play again this season because of a knee injury.

The Red Sox outfielder, who served the last game of his four-game suspension Friday night, will get a second opinion in Florida on his right knee, injured June 21 in Tampa.

Everett was suspended after reporting late to last Sunday's workout and then yelling at manager Joe Kerrigan.

''Given the current time of the year and the fact that he's out of game activity for a significant period of time, I would expect that Carl would be out of the lineup for the remainder of the season,'' general manager Dan Duquette said before Saturday's game against Detroit.

The decision was made after Duquette spoke with Everett's agent, Larry Reynolds, who said he preferred that Everett get a second medical opinion. Everett was not at Saturday's game.

Everett, who remained on the active roster, last played Sept. 8. If the Red Sox attempt to withhold four days' pay from Everett, $153,005, the players' association is likely to file a grievance.

Still pending is a grievance the players' association filed April 3 after Boston suspended Everett and fined him $97,222 for not taking a team bus during spring training. That fine has not been collected by the Red Sox.

Kerrigan refused comment Saturday on a report in the Boston Globe, based on comments from Red Sox players, that Everett accused Kerrigan last Sunday of having directed a racial epithet at him.

Everett was suspended 10 games by baseball last season for bumping umpire Ron Kulpa and one game by the team this year in spring training for arriving late and missing the bus. He also had several run-ins with former manager Jimy Williams.

Duquette reiterated remarks he made last Monday when he announced the suspension.

''I made clear to Carl, both orally and through the suspension, that we weren't going to tolerate his behavior,'' Duquette said. ''We specifically asked him to address a couple of concerns of ours. Any issues surrounding this unfortunate incident will be examined by the ballclub. They'll be investigated and they will be resolved through the grievance procedure.''

Duquette expects Everett to see a doctor next week for the second opinion. The injury has been diagnosed as a sprained anterior medial collateral ligament.

Everett went on the disabled list after getting hurt and didn't play again until July 28. He's batting .257 with 14 homers and 58 RBIs.

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