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Sports Digest

November 17, 1998

Basketball

Rodman weds Electra, but agent says he was drunk, union not legal

Basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman heard wedding bells during the weekend, but his agent yesterday questioned whether the marriage was legal.

The Chicago Bulls star tied the knot Saturday with "Baywatch" actress Carmen Electra, whose real name is Tara Patrick. The couple picked up a marriage license on Saturday, according to county records, but nobody at A Little Chapel of the Flowers would confirm the ceremony took place.

But Rodman's agent, Dwight Manley, said yesterday that Rodman was intoxicated at the time and taken advantage of by Electra and people he called "leeches."

"From what I can determine, it's not legal. It sounds like he was deeply intoxicated," Manley of Newport Beach, Calif., said.

NBA: The fan-friendly NBA Jam Session -- held each year in conjunction with the All-Star Game -- is the latest casualty of the lockout. The Jam Session, the league's interactive fan event scheduled during the All-Star Game festivities, had been set for the Pennsylvania Convention Center Feb. 11-14. The game is still scheduled Feb. 14 for the First Union Center.

Draft: With no end in sight to the NBA lockout, overall No. 1 draft pick Michael Olowokandi might go to Europe to play professionally. Olowokandi's agent, Bill Duffy, said he has had preliminary talks with Efes Pilsen, a club team in Turkey, and would advise his client to play overseas if he receives an offer worth $5 million.

Tennis

Sanchez-Vicario falls; Davenport clinches No. 1

The Spanish armada floundered on opening day of the season-ending Chase Championships in New York, clinching the year-end No. 1 ranking for Lindsay Davenport.

After seventh seed Conchita Martinez was ousted by Dominique Van Roost, of Belgium, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, fourth-seeded Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario fell to Romania's Irina Spirlea, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1.

Davenport now cannot be overtaken for the No. 1 ranking on the Corel WTA Tour computer. Once Sanchez-Vicario lost, it meant Martina Hingis could not get enough bonus points in this week's $2 million tournament.

Seniors: John McEnroe earned his 12th seniors title, beating Frenchman Guy Forget, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), in the ATP Senior Tour of Champions in Zagreb, Croatia. "I wanted to show these young guys who's the boss," McEnroe, 39, said.

Rankings: Pete Sampras' bid to finish No. 1 in the ATP Tour rankings for a record sixth straight time will be decided in next week's ATP Tour World Championship in Hanover, Germany.

College basketball

Virginia center Ducharme out with broken ankle

Virginia's starting center and tri-captain Colin Ducharme broke his left ankle, coach Pete Gillen said.

Ducharme, a 6-foot-9, 243-pound junior, was injured when he slipped on wet leaves on a staircase late Saturday, Gillen said. Ducharme is scheduled for surgery today and is lost to the team indefinitely, the coach said.

Duke: Michael Dunleavy Jr., a Beaverton, Ore., high school basketball star, the son of Portland Trail Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy and one of the nation's top high school recruits, announced he had narrowly chosen Duke over North Carolina. He said the decision came to him last Thursday, as he was stuck in traffic on his way home from practice.

Delaware: Junior forward Darryl Presley has been suspended from the school for failing to meet its academic code.

Baseball

Photographer settles suit with Belle over being hit

Tony Tomsic, a sports photographer who said he was deliberately hit by a ball thrown by Albert Belle, has settled his lawsuit against the player.

The terms of the settlement weren't disclosed and Tomsic said a confidentiality agreement barred him from discussing it.

Et cetera

NASCAR driver Jarrett has gallbladder surgery

NASCAR Winston Cup driver Dale Jarrett was in good condition after gallbladder surgery.

Dr. James Magary, who performed the laproscopic procedure at John C. Lincoln Hospital-North Mountain in Phoenix, Ariz., said the operation was successful. The hospital said Jarrett was expected to be released tomorrow.

Cross country: Mount St. Mary's runner Daniel Kinyua was selected as an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division I championships on Nov. 23 in Lawrence, Kan.

Horse racing: Running in Style, a weanling colt by Cherokee Run, sold for the top price of $135,000 in Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Ky.

Hockey: Jere Lehtinen, the Stars' most consistent forward this season according to coach Ken Hitchcock, will miss at least five games with a broken thumb. Lehtinen was placed on the injured reserve list. His condition will be re-evaluated in two weeks, the Stars said.

The quiz

Cy Young relief

The winner of the NL Cy Young Award will be announced today. San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman is among the favorites. Name the four NL relievers to win the award. (Answer, 5D)

Quiz answer

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mike Marshall (1974), Chicago Cubs' Bruce Sutter (1979), Philadelphia Phillies' Steve Bedrosian (1987) and San Diego Padres' Mark Davis (1989).

Pub Date: 11/17/98

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