Raptors' Olajuwon goes on injured list

Posted: December 29, 2001

The Toronto Raptors placed center Hakeem Olajuwon on the injured list yesterday with an infected toe and activated center Michael Stewart.

Olajuwon, 38, has missed the team's last four games because of the infection. He wll not be eligible to play until Jan. 8 because he must miss at least five more games.

In another development, Stan Albeck, an assistant coach for the Raptors, has regained some strength on his right side after having suffered a stroke Sunday.

A team spokesman said that Albeck was able to squeeze his daughter's hand Wednesday.

Albeck, 70, was stricken in the locker room before the Raptors' game against the Miami Heat.


The Houston Rockets activated point guard Steve Francis from the injured list before last night's game against the Golden State Warriors.

The Rockets went 1-15 without Francis, who had been out since last month with ruptured tissue in his left foot. The team was 7-6 with him in the lineup.

Forward Tyrone Hill, sidelined all season by back spasms after joining the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Jumaine Jones, in a five-player player trade involving the 76ers on Aug. 3, has begun practicing.

Hill, who hurt his back while exercising over the summer, participated in 30 minutes of half-court drills Thursday.

Center Evan Eschmeyer will miss the Dallas Mavericks' game today against the Atlanta Hawks because of a sprained left ankle.


The Phoenix Coyotes acquired defenseman Drake Berehowsky and center Denis Pederson from the Vancouver Canucks for forwards Todd Warriner, Trevor Letowski and Tyler Bouck.

The Canucks will also receive a third-round pick in the 2003 NHL entry draft.

Elsewhere: Backup goalie Manny Legace signed a four-year contract to stay with the Detroit Red Wings through 2005-06. . . . The NHL fined the Edmonton Oilers an undisclosed amount for violating its labor agreement with the players by practicing on Christmas. . . . Peter Forsberg has not yet decided if he will return to the NHL and play for Sweden in the Olympics, Don Baizley, his agent, said. . . . Finland beat France, 8-0, and the host Czech Republic defeated Belarus, 9-1, in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Hradec Kralove. . . . The Pittsburgh Penguins demoted disappointing center Milan Kraft to their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm team and called up the minor-league team's top scorer, Tom Kostopoulos. . . . Defenseman Kyle McLaren of the Boston Bruins will be out 10 to 12 weeks after having undergone surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist, the team said.


Ohio State quarterback Steve Bellisari will play but might not start in Tuesday's Outback Bowl against South Carolina, according to Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel. Bellisari was arrested last month for drunken driving.

Bob Knight reached a settlement in Madison, Wis., with hunting buddy Thomas Mikunda, who accused the Texas Tech basketball coach of pressuring him to lie about a 1999 hunting accident. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Brian Shimer closed in on a fifth Winter Games appearance by finishing second in the U.S. Olympic bobsled trials. Todd Hays, who already had qualified for the Games by leading the overall World Cup standings, won the four-man race in Park City, Utah.

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