Rockets put Olajuwon on injured list
Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon, hospitalized after suffering a fluttering heartbeat, was placed on the injured reserved list yesterday. "All of the doctors are optimistic about Hakeem's full recovery and early return to the lineup," Houston general manager Steve Patterson said in a statement.
The all-star center, 28, won't be eligible to return until Dec. 5. Olajuwon can begin full physical activity again after outpatient diagnostic tests are performed in seven to 10 days, the team said. Olajuwon will remain hospitalized through the weekend at Memorial Hospital Southwest in Houston, although he has been transferred out of the intensive care unit, the Rockets said.
* The Denver Nuggets waived Jerome Lane, the team's first-round draft choice in 1988, to make room on the roster for Anthony Cook. Lane has had a disappointing career since coming to Denver as a prized forward out of Pittsburgh, averaging 5.7 points in 183 games before this season. In nine games this season, his average slipped to 3.1 points. Cook, a forward, came to the Nuggets last season from the Detroit Pistons.
Eric Clifton of Greensboro, N.C., won the 29th John F. Kennedy 50-mile Hike-Run in Williamsport, America's oldest continuous ultramarathon. Clifton, 33, who placed third last year on his maiden JFK run, finished the course in 6 hours, 6 minutes, 9 seconds -- about 13 minutes shy of the record.
When the starting gun was fired at 7 a.m. 354 people from 24 states, Canada and Great Britain began the grueling 50.5-mile course, which starts with a three-mile warm-up on paved streets near Boonsboro, southeast of Hagerstown. The first female to finish the race was Laura Nelson, 26, of Hagerstown. Nelson, who ran the last quarter mile in her stocking feet, finished the course in 7:23:19.
A 10-day restraining order will allow Texas forward Dexter Cambridge to continue playing, even though he was declared ineligible by the NCAA. Cambridge scored 18 points Friday night to help the Longhorns to a 57-46 victory over Princeton that put them in the Big Apple NIT semifinals.
The university was notified Wednesday by the NCAA that Cambridge was ineligible because of an infraction that does not involve Texas but could affect his amateur status. The infraction was not made public, but Cambridge reportedly received money from a fan for a graduation present from junior college.
Top-seeded Australians Anders Jarryd and John Fitzgerald won in straight sets to advance to the championship match of the ATP Tour World Doubles Finals in Johannesburg, South Africa. They will face Americans Ken Flach and Robert Seguso, who won two straight tie-breakers to reach the final.
Jarryd of Sweden and Fitzgerald knocked the sixth-seeded Australian team of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde out 7-5, 6-2. Flach and Seguso, seeded third, defeated fourth-seeded Canadians Grant Connell and Glenn Michibata, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2).
U.S. boxers finished with three medals in the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Sydney, Australia -- Eric Griffin's gold at 106 pounds, light welterweight Vernon Forest's silver and Larry Donald's bronze in super heavyweight. Cuba, which had six boxers in the 12 finals, finished with four golds and the most total medals. The Cubans also earned two silvers and three bronze. The Soviet Union, which had five finalists, won one title. Germany and Bulgaria each won two.
A final-hole birdie gave American Mark Brooks a 71 in the third round and enabled him to hold on to the lead in the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Miyazaki, Japan, with a 205 total. Spain's Seve Ballesteros and Australian Roger Mackay were tied for second, one stroke back. Mackay had a 5-under-par 67, and Ballesteros shot a 69. American Craig Stadler matched Mackay's 67 and moved into fourth place at 207.
* Lanny Wadkins and Tom Purtzer shot a 65 for a seven-shot lead after two days of the Shark Shootout in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Wadkins' and Purtzer's 7-under-par round, combined with Friday's 11-under put them at 126 entering today's final round. Mark O'Meara and Steve Elkington shot a 69 for a 133 and sole possession of second place.
* Wayne Grady of Australia shot a 3-under-par 68 and moved into a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Australian PGA in Sydney. Grady, last year's U.S. PGA champion, had a three-round total of 202. Englishman Steven Richardson was in second place after a 70 in the third round.
David Ozio rolled past Marc McDowell, 235-160, in the title match of the Professional Bowlers Association Chevy Truck Classic in Rochester, N.Y. Ozio, from Vidor, Texas, averaged 240 over two games in the championship round in which three of the four games were decided on the last ball. The first three matches were decided by a total of four pins. Ozio earned his 10th career title and fourth of the year. The $27,000 first prize makes him the fourth player in PBA history to surpass $200,000 in yearly earnings, with $213,985.