Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Sports digest

Skiles wins debut as coach of the Bulls

The Enquirer and wire reports

Playing just a few hours after the trade that brought them from Toronto was finalized, Jerome Williams and Antonio Davis gave the Bulls the energy and enthusiasm they've lacked, and the Bulls made coach Scott Skiles a winner in his Chicago debut with a 97-87 win over the Milwaukee Bulls on Monday.

When the buzzer sounded, Jamal Crawford and Williams ran to the sidelines and hugged Skiles. The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak for Chicago.

Williams finished with 13 points, a team-high 10 rebounds and four steals - including a floor-burner that immediately endeared him to Bulls fans. Davis had 11 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.

• Pistons 79, Knicks 78, OT: Antonio McDyess scored just two points in his first game as a member of the Knicks, a year and a half after they acquired him, in a losing cause.

• Grizzlies 96, Celtics 89: Pau Gasol scored 19 points, and Lorenzen Wright added 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead Memphis to its first win against the Celtics in three years.

SPURS: Tim Duncan was suspended one game by the NBA for pushing an official.


ECHL CYCLONES: Team captain Mike Casselman, a 13-year pro and four-year Cyclone, was waived. The left winger appeared in 18 games this season for Cincinnati, with nine points on four goals and five assists.

BLUE JACKETS: Columbus placed defensemen Rostislav Klesla and Jaroslav Spacek on injured reserve, and moved a step closer to adding top draft pick Nikolai Zherdev to their lineup.

PENGUINS: Owner-player Mario Lemieux won't accept the $5 million raise promised him as the money-losing team tries to keep its debt at a manageable level.

• Pens 4, Thrashers 3: Ramzi Abid scored on a two-on-one break with 3:43 remaining and Pittsburgh rallied twice to beat Atlanta before the Pens' smallest home crowd (9,576) in eight years.

Rookie goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped a six-game losing streak that dated to Nov. 1.

• Senators 4, Flyers 1: Martin Havlat scored twice to help Ottawa end Philadelphia's 12-game unbeaten streak. Philadelphia, 10-0-2 in November, remained a point ahead of Vancouver in the overall standings.


NKU VOLLEYBALL: Kristin Koralewski has been named first team NCAA Division II All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The junior outside hitter finished the season with a team-leading 580 kills, 487 digs and a .328 hitting percentage as NKU posted a 26-12 record and advanced to the Division II Tournament. She was also named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year.

UC BASKETBALL: Senior guard Valerie King, who set a UC and Conference USA single-game scoring record with 46 points, has been named C-USA Women's Player of the Week.

INDIANA SOCCER: An error discovered in the NCAA's records has made IU's Jerry Yeagley the winningest coach in men's college soccer history with 541 victories.

Horse racing

LADY RETIRED: Take Charge Lady, the winner of multiple Grade I stakes races for fillies, is being retired and will be bred next year to Seeking the Gold, owner Jerry Bach of Cincinnati said.


TRACK: Decathlete Tom Pappas and distance runner Deena Drossin Kastor will receive the 2003 Jesse Owens Awards as the top U.S. male and female athletes.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Goalie Sara DeCosta-Hayes, who helped the U.S. team win an Olympic gold medal in 1998 and silver in 2002, retired.

TENNIS: Kim Clijsters is pulling out of the Athens Olympics because she won't be allowed to wear apparel from her own sponsor.

AUTO RACING: CART officials canceled the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, citing schedule conflicts created by the proposed sale of the cash-strapped auto racing series.

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