Sports Digest


July 22, 2004

Pro Basketball

Sources: R. Wallace to return to Pistons for five years, $57M

Free-agent forward Rasheed Wallace has agreed to a five-year contract worth $57 million and will return to the NBA champion Detroit Pistons, two league sources told the Associated Press yesterday.

Wallace, 29, who made $17 million last season, was acquired from the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team deal on Feb. 19 and helped the Pistons win the Eastern Conference title and then upset the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.

At 6 feet 11, 230 pounds, he averaged 13 points, 7.8 rebounds and two blocks in the playoffs.


MEAC punishes FAMU; Terps to meet Memphis

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference stripped 11 conference titles from Florida A&M -- including the championships won by its football teams in 2000 and 2001 -- as punishment for allowing ineligible players in at least 12 sports to compete in NCAA games from 1998 to 2003.

In May, university officials notified the MEAC and the NCAA that the school committed 196 NCAA rules violations during the six-year span, though the school maintains the infractions were unintentional.

MARYLAND: The men's basketball team will play Memphis on Nov. 26 in the Mass Mutual Classic in Springfield, Mass. The Terps' final schedule, which also will include a nonconference game with Temple, will be released in mid-August.

In other news, the Maryland basketball team finished fifth nationally in home attendance average for the second straight season, according to the annual NCAA attendance report.

The Terps set records for single-game attendance with 16 full sellouts and established marks for total season attendance (287,200) and per-game average (17,950).

Et Cetera

NHL presents players with 6 economic concepts

The NHL and the players association had their longest negotiating session in nine months in New York, and the league presented six possible concepts for a new economic system.

Little progress was made on a new deal, but the representatives met for four hours at the league's office to try to come up with a plan that would prevent a work stoppage this season.

The parties will meet again Aug. 4 in Toronto.

GOLF: Christy Larrimore of Pasadena coaxed in a two-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to defeat Kim Daniels of Timonium, 2-up, and join Andrea Kraus and Stacy Kress, both from Pikesville, as winners in the first round of the 83rd Maryland State Women's Amateur at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

Kraus, a two-time champion, defeated Erin Clasper, 3 and 2, and Kress held off Hilary Lawson, 2 and 1.

Kraus and Kress will meet in this morning's quarterfinals. Larrimore will play Corrie Tayman, a 19-hole winner over Theresa Paik. ...

In San Francisco, Chris Rockwell of Owings Mills earned a first-round 3-and-2 victory over Chris Jensen of Los Altos, Calif., in the U.S. Juniors at the Olympic Club.

AMATEUR BASEBALL: Cody Drinkard singled in Sean Doyle with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Maryland Orioles won the National Amateur Baseball Federation 12-and-under World Series with a 7-6 victory over Johnny Apple Seed of Cleveland in Hopkinsville, Ky. -- From staff and wire reports

The quiz

Quite a run: Eddie George, released Wednesday by the Titans, has started 128 consecutive regular-season games, second all time among NFL running backs. Who holds the record of 170? Answer, 8E

Quiz answer

Walter Payton.

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