Seton Hall's Wright opts for NBA draft
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Junior center Luther Wright surprised Seton Hall coach P.J. Carlesimo over the weekend by disclosing his intention to apply for the NBA draft.
The 7-foot-2 center had a year of eligibility left and many experts thought he would be able to dominate play next year after making big strides this past season.
Wright opted for the pros instead, reportedly in search of money to help his mother, who has been ill for a couple of years, said Sal DiFazio, his attorney.
"Luther made the decision himself," DiFazio said in a radio interview Monday. "No one forced him to do this."
DiFazio did not return two telephone calls left by The Associated Press for comment.
"We feel he should do what's best for him and his family," Carlesimo said Monday.
Results of investigation being made public
ORLANDO, Fla. - Results of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission's investigation into a night-time boating crash that killed Cleveland pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews were being made public today.
Investigators looked into any possible wrongdoing, including drinking and speeding, in the March 22 accident on Little Lake Nellie in nearby Clermont.
Funeral services were held last weekend for Olin, 27, and Crews, 31. Survivor Bob Ojeda, 35, is recovering from a scalp laceration that required surgery. He was released Friday from South Lake Memorial Hospital in Clermont.
The 18-foot bass boat owned by Crews - which investigators earlier said was near full-throttle - slammed into the end of a private pier on the small lake. All three occupants sustained head injuries.
Banks file petition against Orioles owner
NEW YORK - A group of banks filed an "involuntary" bankruptcy petition, asking a judge to rule that Baltimore Orioles owner Eli Jacobs should be under bankruptcy court protection. If the petition is approved, Jacobs' 87 percent stake in the Orioles could be sold only with the court's permission. Jacobs has defaulted on more than $44 million in loans and personal guarantees to banks.
Reds put Reardon, Milligan on roster
PLANT CITY, Fla. - The Cincinnati Reds moved reliever Jeff Reardon and first baseman Randy Milligan onto their major league roster. Reardon and Milligan, who agreed to one-year contracts, were in training camp as non-roster players. Reardon agreed to a $500,000 deal with the chance to earn $1 million more in bonuses. Milligan agreed to a deal with a $475,000 base.
Colts sign Lowdermilk, Wolford
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts signed center Kirk Lowdermilk to a three-year deal for $6 million, then agreed to a three-year contract offer with offensive tackle Will Wolford for $7.65 million. Buffalo has seven days to match the Colts' offer to Wolford, a three-time Pro Bowl selection. Lowdermilk started 86 games in eight seasons with Minnesota.
Gastineau put on probation
PHOENIX - Football player-turned-boxer Mark Gastineau was sentenced to three years probation and fined $1,400 on a reduced charge stemming from a 1991 drug-possession arrest. Gastineau, 36, a former New York Jets defensive end, was arrested in April 1991 for allegedly picking up a package of 200 amphetamine pills at Sky Harbor International Airport.
Judge hands Tyson another setback
INDIANAPOLIS - A federal judge has handed boxer Mike Tyson a setback in a lawsuit brought by the woman who sent him to prison for rape.
U.S. District Judge Larry McKinney granted two requests to the woman who was raped by Tyson and who is filing a civil lawsuit against the former heavyweight champion.
McKinney agreed to Desiree Washington's request that attorneys be halted from taking pretrial testimony from witnesses until Tyson's criminal case is resolved. Also in his March 23 order, the judge granted a portion of the 19-year-old woman's request to restrict public access to specific court documents.
Valvano in satisfactory condition
RALEIGH, N.C. - Jim Valvano, the former North Carolina State coach suffering from cancer, was in satisfactory condition at Duke University Medical Center. Valvano, who was admitted last week, has been treated at the hospital periodically since being diagnosed with cancer last year.
NBA honors Mutombo
NEW YORK - Denver center Dikembe Mutombo, who averaged 18.3 points with 14.0 rebounds and 7.8 blocked shots in four games last week, was named NBA player of the week.