Warriors match offer to Jackson

Posted: October 16, 2001

Free-agent center Marc Jackson said last night that the Golden State Warriors have matched the contract he was offered last month by the Houston Rockets.

Houston signed the 6-foot-10 Jackson to a six-year, $24.37 million contract, but the Warriors had the right of refusal.

"I can't believe it," Jackson, a former Temple star, told Houston television station KRIV. "This is the worst-case scenario for me. Once I signed with Houston, I wanted to be with Houston. I think I made that perfectly clear."

Jackson said he would probably rejoin Golden State. "But the funny thing is I have to consent to the trade. They didn't do me any favors, so what makes them think I'm going to do them a favor?"

The Rockets had hoped Jackson would replace Hakeem Olajuwon, who was traded to the Toronto Raptors.

Jackson, a second-round draft pick in 1997, averaged 13.2 points and 7.5 rebounds last season.

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All-star forward Chris Webber, who suffered a sprained left ankle five minutes into the Sacramento Kings' 107-88 exhibition victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night, could be out four to six weeks, which would be well past the team's Oct. 30 season opener.

The Indiana Pacers waived rookie guard Galen Young and center Will Cunningham, who went undrafted out of Temple in 1996 and played briefly with four NBA teams from 1997 to 1999.

He averaged 15.3 points and 4.6 rebounds with Trenton of the International Basketball League last season.

Colleges

Defensive tackle Dan Klecko of Temple was named the Big East defensive football player of the week.

Lynn Greer, a senior guard at Temple, is on the list of candidates for the Naismith Award, which will be presented in April to the top men's college basketball player in the nation. Jason Williams, a junior guard at Duke, heads the list. Connecticut's Sue Bird led the candidates for the women's Naismith Award in voting by a nationwide panel of coaches, journalists and basketball analysts.

University of the Sciences' Bob Flitter, whose tennis team won the NAIA Region 10 title - its third in the last four seasons - was named the region's coach of the year. Stephanie Congdon and Lynda Ly, girls' stars at the school, were named to the all-region team.

Hockey

A 10-game suspension for the Vancouver Canucks' Todd Bertuzzi was upheld by the NHL, while the Colorado Avalanche's Scott Parker was suspended for two games.

Defenseman Brad Bombardir will be out about two months but will need surgery after suffering a broken right ankle in the Minnesota Wild's 3-3 tie with Edmonton on Sunday.

Tennis

Jennifer Capriati began her reign as the world's No. 1 women's player with a straight-set loss in doubles at the $1.2 million Swisscom Challenge in Zurich, Switzerland.

"The doubles don't count," Capriati said, laughing, after she and Meghan Shaughnessy fell by 7-5, 7-6 (4) to Lindsay Davenport and Wayne's Lisa Raymond in the opening round.

Capriati supplanted Martina Hingis as the top-ranked player. Hingis, who lost her 73-week hold on the top spot, suffered torn ligaments in her right ankle Saturday in a semifinal match against Davenport at the Porsche Grand Prix in Germany.

Track and Field

Inger Miller, a former world champion at 200 meters, was stripped of the bronze medal she won at the 1999 world indoor championships after testing positive for caffeine, a stimulant she says was given to her by the meet organizers.

The 29-year-old Californian acknowledged having had her usual morning coffee before the race, but she also drank a couple of cans of Coca-Cola that were given to her afterward. The meet, in Maebashi, Japan, was sponsored by Coca-Cola.

The U.S. federation disclosed Friday that Miller's appeal, the last in a two-year process, had been rejected and that her third-place finish in the 60 meters in '99 had been thrown out.

Noteworthy

Lisa Leslie of the WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks and pole-vaulter Stacy Dragila received sportswoman of the year awards at the Women's Sports Foundation's annual dinner in New York.

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