Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2001

Rippley picked as crew chief of World Series

NEW YORK -- Steve Rippley was picked Wednesday as the umpires' crew chief for the World Series and will work behind the plate in Saturday night's opener in Phoenix.

Rippley, who also worked the World Series in 1996 and 1999, will be joined by Mark Hirschbeck at first, Dale Scott at second, Ed Rapuano at third, Jim Joyce in left field and Dana DeMuth in right.

DeMuth also worked the World Series in 1993 and 1998, while Hirschbeck and Scott worked it in 1998 and Joyce worked it in 1999. It is the first World Series for Rapuano.

Olympic gold medalist Drummond released on bail

LOS ANGELES -- Jon Drummond, who last year ran on an Olympic relay team that sparked debate about athletes' conduct, was released on bail Wednesday after being arrested on suspicion of transporting marijuana.

Drummond was cited Tuesday for transporting a controlled substance, which is a felony, through Los Angeles International Airport.

Drummond was released on $20,000 bail. His arraignment was expected to be delayed until early next month, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Drummond was a member of the U.S. 400-meter relay team that won a gold medal in the Sydney Games.

Colangelo voted chair of NBA board of governors

NEW YORK -- Jerry Colangelo, chairman and CEO of the Phoenix Suns, was unanimously elected chairman of the NBA board of governors.

Colangelo, also managing general partner of the NL champion Arizona Diamondbacks, replaced Herb Simon, the Indiana Pacers co-owner who served two years as chairman.

''Jerry Colangelo has been involved in every aspect of our business and is universally accepted as the principal basketball expert among our board of governors,'' commissioner David Stern said Wednesday. ''No one could be more qualified to succeed Herb.''

Family members to run for terrorist victims

NEW YORK -- Family members of several runners who were lost in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks will start in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 4, running on behalf of the victims.

''We lost some marathoners,'' race director Alan Steinfeld said, ''and we had requests from family members to run in their place.''

Steinfeld said less than 10 families were involved and would be in the field of 30,000 runners at the start of the race.

More than 2 million spectators are expected and Steinfeld said there would be increased security for runners and spectators for the race.

''Obviously, the world has changed for all of us since Sept. 11,'' Steinfeld, president and CEO of the New York Road Runners, said. ''This race is going forward. We've been given permission to go forward.''

''This event brings together the people of the world,'' he added. ''It will be dedicated to the victims and the heroes who worked to save others.''

Seahawks coach to Mariners: enjoy the journey

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Mike Holmgren coached the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowls in the '90s but just one Super Bowl victory.

Now coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Holmgren took the opportunity Wednesday to say he understood what the Seattle Mariners were feeling after losing the American League championship to New York.

''I was asked, if you don't win the game is the whole season a failure?'' Holmgren said. ''I think it's the most absurd notion. You put seven months of your life into something. You have to enjoy the journey in this business. Otherwise, it's nuts. You can't go for this one day.''

The Mariners won 116 games to tie the 1906 Chicago Cubs' regular-season record for victories. They dropped the AL championship series to the Yankees, four games to one.

Holmgren has become a big Mariners' fan in his three years in Seattle.

''They had a remarkable season,'' he said. ''It's something the players can be proud of. Sure, they're disappointed. But I still have dreams of the second Super Bowl.''

Sonics waive Rush

SEATTLE -- JaRon Rush, the former UCLA forward-guard who spent last season in the American Basketball Association, was waived by the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-7, 207-pound Rush had two points, four rebounds and two assists in three preseason games.

The move left Seattle's roster at 14 players.

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