Together againFormer college coach Dana Kirk went to...

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November 28, 1991

Together again

Former college coach Dana Kirk went to prison after a fall from stardom in Memphis, Tenn., but now he and a former player who testified against him are seeking basketball comebacks together.

They perform with the Memphis Hotshots of the Global Basketball Association, with Kirk as coach and ex-NBA player Keith Lee on the court.

"All the stuff that's in the past, I'm leaving in the past," Lee said. "He is the coach, I'm the player, and we respect one another. That's all I can say about that."

Kirk coached at Memphis State for seven years, and Lee was his star center for four of them, leading the team to the Final Four in 1985.

But Kirk was fired by Memphis State in 1986 shortly before a federal trial on tax evasion and obstruction of justice charges.

At the trial, Lee testified that Kirk offered him a shoe box full of money to sign with Memphis State in 1981 and paid him up to $1,000 a month while he was there.

Kirk was convicted of understating his own income to the Internal Revenue Service and served four months of a one-year sentence before being released in 1989.

And then she wants him stuffed

A cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls has filed a $1 million lawsuit against The Famous Chicken, charging the feathered character injured her while interfering with a dance routine last January.

Kimberly A. Smith, a dancer for the LuvaBulls, claims Ted Giannoulas, the man in the chicken suit, broke Smith's jaw and elbow when he tackled her and rolled on her at a Bulls game Jan. 11.

"One of the tragic things, not only does she miss the rest of the season, but the Bulls went on to win the championship," said Victor Ciardelli, Smith's attorney. "She was very upset."

The quote

Sam Wyche, coach of the 1-11 Cincinnati Bengals, on his health: "As far as my physical health, I'm all right. As far as my mental health, that's been known for a long time. I'm half-crazy. But that's a compliment. If I were all crazy, I'd be like the rest of you."

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