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Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2003

Report: Mourning to receive transplant Friday

MIAMI Less than a month after retiring from the NBA, Alonzo Mourning is scheduled to undergo kidney transplant surgery Friday in New York, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Mourning retired from the New Jersey Nets on Nov. 24 because of complications from the kidney disease focal glomerulosclerosis.

He has been searching for a matching kidney donor since, receiving offers from potential donors. The Herald, citing two unidentified sources, said it was believed Mourning is receiving a kidney from one of those donors.

Mourning's doctor could not immediately be reached for comment. A spokesman for the Nets had no information on Mourning's medical condition.

''I don't have any answers on that,'' agent Jeff Weschler said. ''Alonzo has kept that between him and his doctor.''

Branch, Hall lead I-AA All-American picks

All of Jamaal Branch's records made him an All-American.

Colgate's running back led The Associated Press' I-AA All-America team Wednesday after setting NCAA season marks for yards rushing, touchdowns and carries.

Branch has 430 carries for 2,271 yards and 29 touchdowns, leading the Raiders (15-0) into the Division I-AA championship game Friday night against Delaware (14-1).

''Jamaal had a fabulous year,'' Colgate coach Dick Biddle said. ''I don't know what else I can say about him. He just had an incredible year. He's a workhorse and is one of the big reasons why we're 15-0. He's a very unselfish type of player and doesn't like the limelight.''

Branch, a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in Division I-AA, is joined on the team by one of his offensive linemen, Marc Sclafani.

Delaware put three players on the first team, including Walter Payton finalist Andy Hall, who threw for 2,581 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Hall is joined by offensive lineman Jason Nerys and defensive lineman Shawn Johnson.

Grambling State quarterback Bruce Eugene, the third finalist for the Payton award, made the second team, and Southern's Quincy Richard was the third-team QB.

Three other teams had multiple selections on the 25-man roster. Offensive lineman Eric Deutsch and defensive back Matt Nelson represented Wofford; all-purpose player Corey Smith and defensive back Kane Ioane were chosen from Montana State; and offensive lineman Dwight Hudler and linebacker Roderick Royal were picked from McNeese State.

Royal was the only repeat choice on the first team.

Joining Branch at running back was Tennessee State's Charles Anthony, who ran for 1,708 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Fordham's Javarus Dudley and Samford's Efrem Hill were picked at receiver. Dudley leads the nation with 101 receptions for 1,439 yards and 14 touchdowns. Hill has 92 catches for 1,387 yards and 15 scores.

Yale's Nate Lawrie was picked at tight end after 72 catches for 810 yards.

Buster Ashley of Western Kentucky is the other offensive lineman.

Idaho State defensive lineman Jared Allen, who leads the nation with 17 1/2 sacks, headlines the defense. Steve Baggs of Bethune-Cookman and K.T. Stovall of Appalachian State were also picked on the defensive line.

Illinois State's Boomer Grigsby, second in the nation with 179 tackles, is joined at linebacker by Northeastern's Liam Ezekiel.

Brent Hafford of Stephen F. Austin and Alexis Moreland of Southern Illinois are the other two defensive backs.

Montana's Chris Snyder was picked as the kicker after leading the nation with 25 field goals, and Northern Arizona's Mark Gould was chosen at punter for averaging 45 yards per kick.

The Big Sky led all conferences with five selections, followed by four for the Atlantic 10, and three apiece for the Gateway, Patriot, Southern and Southland conferences.

There were 17 seniors and eight juniors on the team.

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