Calhoun to get cancer treatments

Etc Cetera

May 31, 2008

Connecticut men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun is being treated for a second bout of skin cancer, but he expects to be on the bench this fall for his 22nd season with the Huskies.

"I want to coach basketball at UConn," the Hall of Famer, 66, said yesterday. "At this moment I love what I'm doing."

His physician, Jeffrey Spiro, attended the news conference with Calhoun and said he believes the coach is now cancer free and has a good prognosis.

Calhoun is to undergo six weeks of radiation treatments to minimize any chance of the cancer returning. His doctors told him he will feel short-term side effects from the radiation, but they expect Calhoun to return to his normal lifestyle, including coaching.

College baseball -- Mount St. Mary's lost to North Carolina, 16-8, in the first round of the Cary Regional. The Mount faces Elon in an elimination game. ... The Fulton County medical examiner's report showed a heroin overdose caused the April death of Georgia Tech pitcher Michael Hutts.

College lacrosse -- The Tewaaraton Trophy, which is given to the top male and female player in the nation, was awarded to Syracuse senior attackman Mike Leveille and Northwestern junior midfielder Hannah Nielsen.

Hockey -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien all but begged the on-ice officials to enforce the obstruction rules. "When I see about 13, 14 [video] clips ... that I could tell there should be a penalty regarding the [rule] book, I know how it is," he said. The Detroit Red Wings take a 2-1 Stanley Cup Finals series lead into a pivotal Game 4 in Pittsburgh tonight.

Varsity -- Lance Clelland, a former All-Metro lineman at McDonogh who played with the Ravens and New York Jets, has been named Meade football coach. ... Andy Lazor, who resigned after three losing seasons at Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, has been named boys basketball coach at North County. ... Roy Dunshee has been named boys soccer coach at Severna Park, replacing Bob Thomas, whose contract was not renewed after four seasons.

Pro football -- Despite apparent dissatisfaction with his contract, linebacker Brian Urlacher showed up for the start of the Chicago Bears' mandatory minicamp. ... The Washington Redskins signed free-agent safety Justin Hamilton and released undrafted rookie defensive back Stephen Tate. ... The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed tight end Jerramy Stevens and released backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. ... The host Baltimore Mariners beat the Florida Stingrays, 37-28, in American Indoor Football Association action.

Swimming -- Japanese sportswear makers Mizuno Corp., Asics Corp. and Descente Ltd. introduced new versions of high-tech swimsuits intended to compete with Speedo's new LZR Racer at the Beijing Olympics. Since Speedo introduced its suit in mid-February, 37 world records have been set by swimmers using it compared with four by swimmers wearing other suits.

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