Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2001

Agassi, Graf wed in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Tennis stars Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf were married Monday in Las Vegas.

The couple exchanged vows in a small, private ceremony before District Judge Michael Cherry, said Todd Wilson, spokesman for Agassi Enterprises.

''We are so blessed to be married and starting this chapter of our lives,'' the couple said in a joint statement. ''The privacy and intimacy of our ceremony was beautiful and reflective of all we value.''

Nuggets acquire Williams in three-team trade

DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets acquired Scott Williams and a future first-round draft choice from Milwaukee in a three-team trade with Houston on Monday night.

The Nuggets sent center Aleksandar Radojevic and Kevin Willis to Milwaukee. Willis was then traded to Houston in exchange for the Rockets' second-round draft pick in 2002.

Earnhardt's crew chief fined $25,000, victory stands

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets to keep his victory in the EA Sports 500 at Talladega, but crew chief Tony Eury Sr. was fined $25,000 Monday by NASCAR for a rule violation.

The team's No. 8 Chevrolet was found to be 1/8-inch lower than the minimum height of 51 inches during a routine postrace inspection Sunday. Several crew chiefs said the variance would have made virtually no difference in the car's on-track performance.

The discrepancy was announced several hours after the race and long after Earnhardt and the most of his team had left the Alabama track for their North Carolina homes.

NASCAR said it never considered stripping Earnhardt of his victory and giving it to second-place finisher Tony Stewart.

Flyers' Tocchet out at least another month

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Flyers right wing Rick Tocchet will be sidelined at least another month with a partially torn tendon in his left knee.

Tocchet, who has yet to play this season, has had treatment for the injury daily since Oct. 1. He had knee surgery May 22 to have torn cartilage repaired and played in only three preseason games.

''I have no choice but to rest it and see what happens,'' the 37-year-old Tocchet said Monday.

He is in the final season of a $2.2 million-a-year contract and said more surgery is not an option this season. Neither he nor the team has ruled out retirement.

Nelson rallies in final round for SBC Championship

SAN ANTONIO -- Four victories and a No. 2 ranking in putting and birdies aren't enough to keep Larry Nelson from tinkering with his game.

Nelson brought his son to The Dominion Country Club on Sunday to improve his consistency on the greens.

''I haven't putted as well as I did last year,'' Nelson said. ''(On Sunday) all I did was let him line me up and I tried to hit the ball at the same speed.''

The move paid off as Nelson shot a record-tying 9-under 63 to win the SBC Championship. He finished at 17-under 199, two strokes ahead of Bob Gilder and Gary McCord.

Robinson to miss rest of season

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Bears wideout Marcus Robinson will miss the rest of the season with torn ligaments in his left knee.

Robinson, Chicago's leading receiver the past two seasons, will have surgery within two weeks to repair two torn ligaments. His recovery is expected to take up to a year.

Robinson was injured during the second quarter of Sunday's 24-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He'd just caught a pass and was turning upfield when he was tackled hard on the sideline by linebacker Brian Simmons and safety Darryl Williams. Robinson tried to get up but couldn't put any weight on his left leg.

Baseball owners to meet after World Series

NEW YORK -- Baseball owners will meet on Nov. 6 in Chicago, but there is no indication commissioner Bud Selig will push for decisions on a lockout and eliminating teams that are having money problems.

Owners have not gathered since mid-June, but the pending labor talks and the possibility of one or more teams folding have been hot topics on telephone discussions all year long.

Montreal is the most likely candidate for elimination if owners decide to contract, with Florida and Tampa Bay also possibilities.

''No decisions have been made on anything,'' Selig said Monday.

Three high-ranking executives on other teams, speaking on the condition they not be identified, said there had been no information distributed by Selig to major league clubs on labor or contraction. In addition, several teams have released their schedules for next season, and all 30 clubs are scheduled to play.

''To my knowledge, from everything I've been told, the Florida Marlins will continue to exist in 2002, and that's how we're proceeding,'' Marlins president Dave Dombrowski said Monday.

Owners have not discussed contraction with the Major League Baseball Players Association, according to Gene Orza, the union's No. 2 official. The union maintains that contraction is subject to collective bargaining and that owners can't eliminate teams without the permission of the players' association.

Devil Rays controlling owner Vince Naimoli declined comment, as did David Samson, executive vice president of the Expos.

As for labor, baseball's collective bargaining agreement expires immediately following the World Series and negotiations have not started. Selig has said since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that the earliest talks would start is November.

If owners wanted to stop free agents from signing, they would have to start a lockout no later than the 16th day following the World Series -- the first day free agents can sign with new teams. Selig has not made any widespread attempts to gain support for a lockout.

Baseball has gone through eight work stoppages since 1972.



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