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Posted on Mon. Dec. 03, 2007 - 05:11 am EDT

BRIEFS

Knight feeling better after halftime illness

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech coach Bob Knight is feeling better, a day after leaving a game at halftime because he was feeling ill, his son said Sunday.

“He is OK,” said assistant coach Pat Knight, his father’s designated successor. “It’s just flu-like symptoms. Nothing serious.”

Knight isn’t expected to miss any practices or games.

Knight left the arena at halftime of the Red Raiders’ 70-66 loss to Centenary on Saturday in Bossier City, La. Several minutes into the second half, Texas Tech sports information director Randy Farley went to look for him. When Farley returned, he told reporters that Knight was feeling ill and had left for the team hotel to rest.

“He couldn’t do it,” Pat Knight said. “He was just in bad shape.”

Pat Knight said his father is back in Lubbock and did not require hospitalization. He had been feeling ill since the team returned from a tournament in Anchorage, Alaska, last week.

BASEBALL

Around the Majors

Second baseman Kaz Matsui finalized a $16.5 million, three-year contract with Houston. The Astros offered arbitration to free agents Trever Miller and Mark Loretta, but not to pitcher Jason Jennings and infielder Mike Lamb. … Sammy Sosa wasn’t offered salary arbitration by Texas. The Rangers also didn’t offer arbitration for right-hander Jamey Wright, outfielder Brad Wilkerson and utility player Jerry Hairston Jr.

BASKETBALL

Luers coach among Silver honorees

Bishop Luers boys coach and former Marion standout James Blackmon is among those selected for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary team. Blackmon established new records for career points and most points in one game at Marion and also most points scored in IHSAA Final Four. He was also a three-year starter at Kentucky and was drafted by New Jersey Nets. He played in the CBA and World Basketball League. Also selected were Steve Alford, New Castle; Jerome Brewer, Arlington; Derrick Dowell, Evansville Bosse; Darrin Fitzgerald, Indianapolis Washington; Tellis Frank, Gary Wallace; Scott Hicks, Cathedral; Chris Heineman, Connesville; Mike Heineman, Connersville; Craig Neal, Washington; Chad Tucker, Cloverdale and Winston Garland, Gary Roosevelt. The 2008 Silver class will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Annual Men’s Banquet on March 19 at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.

CYCLING

Banned rider pondered suicide

Michael Rasmussen considered suicide after he was kicked out of the Tour de France for lying about his whereabouts to avoid doping tests. While sitting in a hotel room with Rabobank teammate Erik Dekker, Rasmussen said he thought of taking his life.

FOOTBALL

UConn’s Edsall stays Huskies’ coach

Connecticut coach Randy Edsall is staying with the Huskies. Edsall traveled to Atlanta last week to talk to Georgia Tech officials about their coaching vacancy.

Sioux Falls heads to NAIA title game

Quarterback Chad Cavender directed a 99-yard scoring drive in the closing minutes to rally host Sioux Falls to an 11-10 win over Missouri Valley in the weather-delayed semifinals of the NAIA playoffs. Top-ranked and defending national champion Sioux Falls (13-0) advances to meet No. 2 Carroll (14-0) in the NAIA championship game on Dec. 15 in Savannah, Tenn.

Tom Petty to play at Super Bowl

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will perform during halftime of the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

HOCKEY

Komets winger out for two weeks

Komets right wing Evgeny Saidachev, who suffered a strained knee ligament in Friday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Port Huron, is expected to miss at least two weeks.

SOCCER

Notre Dame men make quarterfinals

The Notre Dame men’s team advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals Saturday, defeating Santa Clara, 2-0. The Irish will play either Wake Forest or West Virginia this weekend.

TENNIS

Blake punctuates Davis Cup win

James Blake defeated Dmitry Tursunov 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 and Russia’s Igor Andreev gave the Russians their only win in the final by defeating Bob Bryan 6-3, 7-6 (4), a day after the United States clinched the title for the first time in 12 years.

CORRECTION

Misidentified player

Because of a photographer’s error, an IPFW men’s basketball player was misidentified in a photo on Page 5B of Sunday’s sports section. The player in the photo was Chris Perkins.


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