Florida State Qb Kendra Suffers Knee Injury

Posted: April 06, 1998

Dan Kendra, Florida State's starting quarterback, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla., and may be out for the 1998 season.

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said that Kendra, a 22-year-old junior who was a prized high school recruit out of Bethlehem, Pa., would undergo reconstructive surgery Thursday. Doctors will then determine how long he will be out.

Kendra, Thad Busby's backup the last two years, was injured when he was tackled by linebacker Bradley Jennings in the third period of the annual Garnet and Gold game. Kendra already has used a redshirt year, and the injury may cost him one of his two remaining years of eligibility.

The injury leaves Florida State with only one healthy scholarship quarterback - sophomore Chris Weinke. Sophomore Marcus Outzen was knocked out of spring practice last month when he separated his right shoulder.

* Utah's Rick Majerus will meet with University of Texas officials about replacing Tom Penders as Texas basketball coach, according to an Austin newspaper's report.

Majerus, 50, led the Utes to the championship game of this year's NCAA tournament before falling to Kentucky. Last week, Majerus, who makes about $1 million annually at Utah, rejected a seven-figure offer from Arizona State.

Other top candidates on Texas' list reportedly include Bob Bender of Washington, Kelvin Sampson of Oklahoma, North Carolina assistant Phil Ford, and Rick Barnes of Clemson.

PRO FOOTBALL The Pittsburgh Steelers have reached a four-year deal with unrestricted free-agent linebacker Jason Gildon that will pay him almost $9 million.

Gildon, the Steelers' starting outside left linebacker for the past two seasons, tied with Levon Kirkland for second on the Steelers last year with five sacks. In February, Kirkland agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract and became the highest-paid inside linebacker in the NFL.

* The Green Bay Packers have traded backup Steve Bono to the St. Louis Rams for an undisclosed late-round draft pick in 1999.

Bono signed with the Packers as a free agent last year and has one year left on a two-year, $1.4 million contract. He played in only two games as a backup to Brett Favre.

Rams coach Dick Vermeil said Bono, a Norristown High graduate, would compete for a backup spot. The Rams' starter is Tony Banks.

TENNIS The United States took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Davis Cup series against Russia when Richey Reneberg and Todd Martin defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin in the doubles match, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.

Since the match in Stone Mountain, Ga., lasted longer than 30 games and both Kafelnikov and Safin are playing singles, the Russians invoked their privilege to delay the reverse singles until today. Kafelnikov will meet Andre Agassi, followed by Safin against Jim Courier.

* Defending champion Sweden avoided a shocking upset in the Davis Cup, defeating Slovakia, 3-2, after having lost the first two matches. Magnus Gustafsson capped the Swedish comeback, beating Dominik Hrbaty, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), in the decisive singles match.

* South African Amanda Coetzer won the first Tier-One tournament of her 10-year career, 6-3, 6-4, over Romanian Irina Spirlea at the Family Circle Cup in Hilton Head, S.C.

It was the fourth-seeded Coetzer's sixth career title and one the 26-year-old part-time Hilton Head resident said she especially wanted to win.

NOTEWORTHY Amy Chow received a perfect score on the floor exercise, the final event of the Women's Professional Gymnastics Championship in Lowell, Mass., to edge 1996 Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller for the title. Kim Zmeskal finished third.

* In a tune-up for the Boston Marathon on April 20, Colleen de Reuck, a South African living in Boulder, Colo., set a world best of 51 minutes, 16 seconds, in winning the women's division of the Nortel Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run in Washington.

Simon Rono led eight Kenyans in the men's division in 45:51.

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