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Utes’ Radojevic re-tears ACL

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When it rains it pours, and it's pouring pretty heavily right now on the Utah basketball team, which has lost five straight and sits in last place in the Mountain West Conference at 1-5.

Misha Radojevic, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward from Serbia who has been rehabilitating for the past five months, re-tore the ACL in his right knee on Friday and will likely be sidelined another six months.

Radojevic, who first injured his knee last August, has been working out regularly the past few weeks and even ran a mile last Friday. But apparently while doing some extra work on his own that evening he reinjured his knee. He underwent surgery on Monday.

The Utah medical staff is hopeful Radojevic will be fully recovered when the 2006-07 team begins practice next October.

All of the paperwork for Radojevic's appeal to the NCAA for another year of eligibility has been submitted and the Utes' hope for a favorable result so that he has two years to play for the Utes.

Radojevic was recruited to Utah last April after attending Belgrade Polytechnic Academy for two years. He averaged 12 points and nine rebounds in a Serbian Amateur League in 2004-05.

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