GOODSON HONORED: Utah Starzz forward Adrienne Goodson was named the WNBA Player of the Week Monday.
It's the first time she's ever won the award, and she's only the second player in franchise history to be the league's player of the week. Natalie Williams was honored once in 1999 and once in July of this year.
Goodson led the Starzz to two wins last week, both before season-high crowds. She averaged 28 points and eight rebounds per game.
"I think Goody has been in a rhythm and has been really focused," said coach Fred Williams. The Starzz leave Tuesday for Minnesota where they will take on the Lynx Wednesday night in the first of three road games.
HOSPITAL VISIT: The 15-12 Starzz spent Monday afternoon at Primary Children's Hospital visiting with children and their families. The annual event is one of the favorites of the players.
This year the team also presented the hospital with a check for $220. Fans collected the money for Margo Dydek after she was fined by the league for a technical foul in a game against Sacramento last month. Instead of using the money to pay the fine, Dydek said she decided to give it to the hospital.
"I was shocked," she said when told fans had collected the money for her.
"I just want to give it to the children's hospital, to help them. They are so cute."
The players and mascot Fox autographed cards and handed out souvenirs for about 1 1/2 hours. Several players said this visit is one of the best aspects of being a professional athlete as they have the opportunity to brighten the often painful and monotonous days of the children.
"These kids, some of them, are fighting for their lives," said LaTonya Johnson.
HUGGINS TURNS DOWN CLIPPERS: Bob Huggins turned down an offer to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, preferring to stay at the University of Cincinnati. Huggins turned down a four-year contract believed to be worth a total of $8 million.
During his 11 seasons at Cincinnati, Huggins has taken the Bearcats to one Final Four and made them a consistent Top 25 team.
SHOOTER PLEADS: The man accused of shooting the girlfriend of former Carolina Panthers receiver Rae Carruth pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday and agreed to testify against Carruth and two co-defendants.
Van Brett Watkins also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, intent to kill an unborn child and shooting into occupied property, assistant district attorney Gentry Caudill said.
JUNIOR AMATEUR: Daniel Summerhays, the 2000 Utah Amateur champion, fired a 75 in the first round of stroke play at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on Monday.
First-round leader Jay Choi of Cerritos, Calif., shot a 66 at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
Salt Lake City's Stephen Newren shot a 79 while Danny Lopez of Delta posted an 80.
TENNIS TEAM ANNOUNCED: The U.S. Olympic women's tennis team was announced. The four-player squad includes defending gold medalist Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles and Venus Williams in singles, and Venus and her sister Serena in doubles. The coach is Billie Jean King.
KOURNIKOVA OUT: Anna Kournikova has changed her mind and will not compete at the Sydney Olympics this summer.
Kournikova, who told The Associated Press earlier this year that she would definitely play in Sydney, announced Friday she wouldn't compete after all, said Alexei Selivanenko, vice president of the Russian Tennis Federation.
DUNCAN UNCERTAIN: Tim Duncan has notified NBA officials that he probably won't play in the Olympics, according to The San Antonio Express-News.