Pro basketball Malpractice case against Lewis doctors...

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July 19, 2000

Pro basketball

Malpractice case against Lewis doctors ends with no appeal

The malpractice case stemming from the 1993 death of Reggie Lewis finally ended when a judge in Boston dismissed an appeal by the wife of the former Boston Celtics captain.

Donna Harris-Lewis missed a filing deadline to continue her appeal of the May jury verdict that cleared Dr. Gilbert Mudge Jr. of negligence.

Judge Thayer Fremont-Smith granted a request Monday by Mudge's lawyer to dismiss the appeal, and Harris-Lewis' lawyer offered no opposition.

Fremont-Smith's ruling came 10 days shy of the seventh anniversary of Lewis' death. The former Dunbar High star collapsed while shooting baskets in a gym.

Harris-Lewis accused Mudge, Lewis' chief cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, of failing to diagnose the heart condition that led to her husband's death.

BLAZE: The Baltimore Blaze pulled away from a third-quarter tie and defeated the Gotham City Knights, 131-122, in a National Rookie League game at Towson Center.

Guard Frank Mcqueen led the Blaze (4-1) with 33 points (six three-pointers) and center Roderick Platt (Loyola) dominated inside with 25 points and 14 rebounds.

Guard Jabarri Outzz scored 19 points, providing a spark when starter Jimmy Fields got into foul trouble.

Two other reserves, Matt Meehan and Tommy Chewning, played well for the Blaze. Meehan harassed Knights forwards on the defensive end, and Chewning grabbed offensive rebounds and led fast breaks.

"The bench players won the game for us tonight," said coach Charles Smith.

Darren Phillip led the Knights with 32 points and Jon Thomas chipped in with 26.

PACERS: Isiah Thomas paid off the $750,000 he owed team owners in the Continental Basketball Association, possibly clearing the way for him to be Indiana's coach.

The Hall of Famer is one of two acknowledged candidates to succeed Larry Bird, and an announcement could come this week. Pacers assistant Rick Carlisle is the other candidate.

Thomas had been told by NBA officials that he must sell his ownership of the CBA, which he bought last year for $10 million, to accept any NBA coaching job.

GRIZZLIES: Fresh off a week of workouts with new Vancouver teammate Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stromile Swift signed his first pro contract.

The 6-foot-10 forward from LSU, the No. 2 overall pick in last month's NBA draft, signed for the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, $8.388 million for three years.

Swift signed the deal, then hit floor at the Grizzlies' training facility for the first of four days of workouts with 20 free agents and undrafted rookies hoping to get a spot on the team Vancouver will take to Salt Lake City next week for six summer league games.

Et cetera

Penn State coach Dunn no longer Tulane candidate

Jerry Dunn has withdrawn from consideration for the basketball coaching position at Tulane and will remain at Penn State.

Dunn, who has been with the Nittany Lions for five seasons, met with Tulane officials over the weekend but said yesterday he has removed his name as a candidate.

Dunn led Penn State to the National Invitation Tournament semifinals last season, finishing 19-16. In five years, he has amassed an 82-67 record, one NCAA appearance and two NIT semifinal berths.

JURISPRUDENCE: The former chief of East Germany's powerful Olympic team was convicted in Berlin as the "driving force" behind the program in which promising young athletes were unwittingly given steroids.

Manfred Ewald, 73, avoided jail and was sentenced to 22 months' probation.

Ewald and longtime medical director Manfred Hoeppner, 65, shared responsibility for the "systematic and overall doping in competitive sports" in East Germany from 1974 until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Hoeppner received 18 months' probation.

HOCKEY: Free-agent forward Valeri Zelepukin, who played with Philadelphia last season, signed with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Zelepukin, 31, entered the NHL in the 1991-92 season, and has 114 goals and 173 assists in 559 career games with the Flyers, New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: John Rattay, a highly recruited quarterback who originally chose to play at Tennessee, will transfer to Arizona.

Rattay, from Phoenix, graduated early and took part in Tennessee's spring practice. But he decided to leave after being listed fourth on the Volunteers depth chart.

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