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September 13, 2001


Canadiens' Koivu to begin treatment for lymphoma

Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu has been found to have with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in his abdomen and will begin chemotherapy treatment.

The team issued a short statement yesterday on Koivu's condition and said the player had asked that no other details be released.

Koivu, 26, began feeling extremely ill on a flight from his homeland of Finland to Montreal last Monday. He went to see team doctor David Mulder immediately after arriving and was admitted to Montreal General Hospital for tests.

College basketball

Mount coach Phelan to be honored Sept. 29

Mount St. Mary's basketball coach Jim Phelan, the winningest active coach in Division I basketball with 816 victories, will be honored on Sept. 29 at the Marriott Inner Harbor.

Phelan is celebrating more than 47 years as head coach of Mount St. Mary's, which has recently established the James Phelan Coaching Chair in honor of his life, work and devotion to the Mount. Those present to honor Phelan will include former NBA veteran and Mount St. Mary's alumnus Fred Carter, Maryland men's coach Gary Williams, Georgia Tech women's coach Agnus Berenato and former Winston-Salem coach Clarence "Big House" Gaines.

Pro basketball

Trainer says chances of Jordan returning `50-50'

Michael Jordan's personal trainer, who last month said his client probably wouldn't return to the NBA, said it's "50-50" that he'd play again.

"He's getting healthier," Tim Grover said. "That was our obstacle. I say it's more like 50-50 now."

Jordan, the 38-year-old minority owner and president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards, has been working out for several months, gauging his progress against former and current NBA players.

On Monday night, some media outlets quoted Jordan as saying that he'd decided to return.

WIZARDS: The team has canceled its VIP season-ticket holder clinic originally scheduled for Saturday.

High schools

Houston freshman dies during stretching session

Miguel Ramirez, a Houston high school freshman, died while preparing for football practice.

The 14-year-old student at Houston's Aldine Ninth Grade School lost consciousness while he and his teammates were stretching before practice Tuesday. The cause of death was not determined.

School spokesman Mike Keeney said the student had no history of seizure disorders or serious medical condition. About 15 to 20 minutes before he collapsed, the player had sustained a hand injury during pre-practice drills, received treatment and returned to the practice field.


Pirates' Vogelsong to have elbow surgery

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong will undergo reconstructive surgery on his right elbow.

The Pirates recalled Vogelsong last week, but the right-hander had to leave his last start Sunday after experiencing severe pain in his right elbow.

Vogelsong was 0-2 in two games with a 12.00 ERA.

The surgery is expected to take place within 10 days.

Et cetera

Sponsorship problems derail Women's World Cup

The Women's World Cup Golf, an LPGA-sanctioned tournament scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Adelaide, Australia, was called off because of sponsorship problems.

International Management Group said an Asian company - which IMG did not identify - withdrew its sponsorship commitment.

TENNIS: Top-seeded Monica Seles advanced to the quarterfinals of the Brazil Open in Salvador, Brazil, recovering from mid-match fatigue to beat Slovakia's Janette Husarova, 6-3, 1-6, 6-0, in Salvador, Brazil. ... Sixth-seeded Frenchman Jerome Golmard beat Spain's Jacobo Diaz, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (4), and unseeded Belgian Cristophe Rochus defeated Romania's Gabriel Trifi, 7-6(3), 6-4, in the Gelsor Open clay court tournament in Bucharest, Romania.

The quiz

Have bat, will travel

Ten years ago today, Joe Carter became the first player to reach the 100-RBI plateau in three consecutive seasons with three different teams. Name the teams. (Answer, 6C)

Quiz answer

Cleveland Indians in 1989, San Diego Padres in 1990 and Toronto Blue Jays in 1991.

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