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INSIDE ing on to win It wasn't a smooth finish, but Caroline Haase (left) captures the Indiana PGA Women's Open. D6 FEVER LOSE: Catchings' shot at buzzer misses. D8 SECTION D THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2005 INDYSTAR.COMSPORTS "f - - ' Top pick Granger signs with Pacers By Mike Wells mike.wellsindystar.com The Indiana Pacers signed their first-round draft pick, forward Danny Granger, on Thursday to a two-year guaranteed contract with two one-year team options, as specified by the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement. The rookie salary scale won't be set until July 22. Granger, the 17th pick in last month's NBA draft, averaged 19.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 23 assists during his senior season at the D. Granger University of New Mexico. Last year's No. 17 pick, Atlanta's Josh Smith, will make about $2.2 million total in his first two seasons. Because of the salary scale, there was little worry Granger wouldn't sign. Several other first-round picks also signed this week, including No. 1 choice Andrew Bogut with the Milwaukee Bucks. Granger is expected to compete for playing time immediately. He gives the Pacers extra depth because he can play three positions: shooting guard, small forward and power forward. Along with David Harrison, Ron Artest and possibly Jonathan Bender, Granger will take part in the Pacers' rookiefree agent camp, which is Sunday through Thursday at Conseco Fieldhouse. They will then go to Minneapolis for Minnesota's summer league July 15-19 at the Target Center. Erazem Lorbek from Slovenia, the Pacers' second-round pick at No. 46, will stay in Europe for another year. Wie dares to think big after 70 in 1st round Associated Press SELVIS, 111. Michelle Wie wants to do more than make golf history. The 15-year-old shot 1-under-par 70 Thursday at the John Deere Classic, keeping 1 L . r m Michelle Wie her hopes alive of being the first woman in 60 years to make a cut on the PGA Tour. She was on the right side of the line when she finished, but the cut had moved to 2 under by the end of the day. "I'm not really thinking about the cut," said Wie, who is tied for 73rd. "I'm only five shots behind (the early leaders), and if I put up three crazy rounds, who knows?" Go ahead and dream big. It wasn't so long ago the mere idea of a woman playing on the PGA Tour was far-fetched. Babe Didrikson Zaharias was See Wie, Page D6 - 8 - - -- --- - J What's in a name? Pressure for Jordan Robert Sdraor The Star Tongue twister: Jeffrey Jordan, 16-year-old son of Michael Jordan, makes a move during Nike Camp play. D Michael's son realizes expectations come with being star's offspring. By Michael Pointer michael.pointerindystar.com He doesn't look much like his famous father. He's six inches shorter. He wears his hair in cornrows. The deep, dark eyes are more reminiscent of his mother, Juanita. But when Jeffrey Jordan takes the court, he's constantly reminded of his famous father. There are always opposing players who want to brag about schooling an offspring of the Going to the NBDL? New NBA eligibility rules could mean top high school players will choose the National Basketball Development League. D8 great Michael Jordan. "They think, 'It's Michael Jordan's son, so I'm going to try to take him out of the game mentally,' " said Jeffrey, 16, who is in Indianapolis this week to participate in the Nike All-America Camp at IUPUI. His father may have been the most famous person on the planet at one point. If any child figured to be overwhelmed, Michael Jordan's oldest son would be it. But Jeffrey wasn't offended when the media throng that greeted him this week was more interested in talking about dad instead of his own game. It was suggested that if the younger Jordan eventually became president, people still would want to talk about his father. He said he's fine with that. "You can ask my Mom," he said. "She knows I'm pretty laid-back. It See Name, Page 08 No runs, no hits, A A A II A. JUL WS :. , . ;:.y - ' . -j- 1 A , Matt Detrich The Star Major player: Art Angotti stands in front of Indianapolis Arrows jerseys. He was part of a group that tried to land a major league team for the city in 1985. 20 years ago, Indy swung for majors 1 v. ''-,- 3 r Big news: Indianapolis Sports Magazine devoted its cover to a story on the proposed Indianapolis Arrows. By Michael Pointer michael.pointerindystar.com wenty years ago this summer, Indi anapolis was standing up and beating its chest. The former "Naptown" was getting glowing national reviews. "Cinderella of the Rust Belt," Newsweek called it. Downtown's rebirth was hitting full stride. The Indianapolis Colts had just finished their first season at the Hoo-sier Dome, the facility that jump-started the city's convention business. Conventioneers walking down Meridian or Washington streets might even have seen a T-shirt or two touting "I don't think people realized it had died. It just kind of evaporated." Art Angotti, businessman who tried to bring Major League Baseball to Indy the Indianapolis Arrows the name of a proposed Major League Baseball team the city hoped to lure. "There was a lot of attention on Indianapolis," said Art Angotti, who headed a group of local investors that wanted to purchase an existing or expansion team. "All the infrastructure efforts were putting Indianapolis on television and on the sports map." Angotti paused. He has remained a successful businessman and venture capitalist in the years since. He heads Artistic Media Partners, which owns 14 radio stations in Indiana. Yet he can't help but feel a little wistful about a time in the city's sports history that has been largely forgotten. "I haven't talked about the Arrows in a long time," Angotti, now 60, said, leaning forward in his Northeastside office chair. February of 1985 brought the name. Officials from Indianapolis Baseball, Inc. a group of local investors put together by Angotti and business leader and philanthropist Thomas Bin-ford held a news conference to announce the new major league team See Arrows, Page D5 JUST MINUTE ASST. MANAGING EDITORSPORTS Tim Wheatley SPORTS PHONE 317.444.6502 WHERE'S THE LOVE? HE FEELS LIKE HE'S IN A VICIOUS CYCLE Six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong loves the French, but sometimes he has the nagging feeling that they don't care much for him, girlfriend Sheryl Crow (pictured with Armstrong) told a French magazine. "Sometimes he has the feeling the French don't like him," the rock star told Paris Match. She didn't elaborate. "He adores your country," she said. "It's time that Lance and France talk." Crow also told the magazine she hopes to have children with Armstrong, who is attempting a seventh straight Tour de France victory. "I really want to have kids," she said. "I hope that's the next step after the tour." r? f ! ' , f V CHA-CHING North Carolina's victory over Illinois in the NCAA men's basketball title game attracted a record crowd. The title game in St. Louis was played before 47,262 fans, a record 98.4 percent capacity at the Edward Jones Dome. The crowd eclipsed the mark of 97.9 percent set in 1994, the Division I men's basketball committee said Thursday. Ticket sales for the first- and second-round games in Indianapolis brought in a record . $3,454 million. REMEMBER WHEN? THE GLOVES WERE OFF Only 116 years ago today, on July 8, 1889, John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain in the 75th round in Rich-burg, Miss, for the U.S. heavyweight championship. It was the last bare-knuckle boxing match before the Marquis of Queensbury rules were introduced. Thank goodness. Those rules paved the way for more genteel boxing matches, like the one in which Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear. 6t V V JIM Source: Star news reports

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