Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Heatley charged in teammate's death

DULUTH, Ga. Atlanta Thrashers All-Star Dany Heatley was charged with vehicular homicide Monday, a day after the death of teammate Dan Snyder, who was fatally injured when Heatley's sports car ran off a road.

A spokesman for the district attorney's office, Erik Friedly, said the charge was based on a preliminary finding that Heatley was driving recklessly. It carries a prison sentence of three to 15 years.

Snyder died at a hospital Sunday night, six days after sustaining severe brain injuries in the wreck. He was 25.

''The news of his passing fills all of us with an overwhelming sense of sorrow,'' NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.

Heatley, the 22-year-old leader of the team, also was injured in the crash.

He underwent surgery Saturday for a broken jaw and an MRI found two torn ligaments in his right knee. His attorney, Ed Garland, said that Heatley was released briefly from the hospital Monday to spend time with family, but he'll return to have knee surgery Tuesday.

Judge rules against Knight in lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS A judge on Monday sided with Indiana University in Bob Knight's breach-of-contract lawsuit over his firing as the school's basketball coach three years ago.

Monroe Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Todd granted the university's motion for summary judgment, effectively dismissing Knight's lawsuit without a trial.

''The university from the start has said that it followed the provisions of the contract and fulfilled its obligations, and the court has agreed,'' school spokeswoman Jane Jankowski said.

Messages seeking comment from Knight's attorney, Russell Yates, were left at his office and home in Denver.

Knight was fired in 2000 for violating a ''zero tolerance'' behavior policy by grabbing the arm of a student who he said greeted him by his last name. Knight sued two years later, claiming the university violated his employment contract. Knight, who was at Indiana for 29 years and won three national championships, is the basketball coach at Texas Tech.

Knight's lawsuit claimed the firing cost him more than $2 million in media and clothing contracts as well endorsements and camps.

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