Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 24, 2002 · Page 17
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<3Jnhimm (Snsettc SPORTS Yao Ming made his NBA debut in the Houston Rockets' 80-79 exhibition loss at San Antonio Wednesday. The 7-foof-5 Yao, who was with China's national team until Oct. 1 3, scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in 1 3 minutes of action. He also committed four fouls and was charged with three turnovers. (AP photo) Thursday, October 24, 2002 — Page 17 Yao learns lesson in N ByT.A. BADGER Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO —Yao Ming's NBA career began with a lesson. Thirteen seconds after he stepped on the floor for Houston against San Antonio on Wednesday night, the Chinese center was flat on his back, courtesy of Tim Duncan's hard body bump. The lesson: You got to know the right time to take it to the basket. But then the 7-foot-5 Yao turned the tables, calmly stepping to the line and hitting a pair of arching free throws. Houston, with Yao's help, built an 11 -point lead in the second half of the exhibition game, but San Antonio rallied for an 80-79 victory. Yao ended up on the floor a few times, and afterward the NBA's No. 1 draft pick talked about the physical play. "It's about what I thought it would be," he said. "I felt like a rookie." San Antonio center David Robinson said Yao's initiation, three days after his arrival in the United States, was a good lesson in how the league works. "He's getting thrown right into the fire, and against one of the tallest teams in the league," Robinson said. "It was a good challenge for him." Duncan added: "He handled the ball well and showed some touch. ... He'll end up being a good all-around player, but it always takes time." Yao finished with six points, shooting l-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He also had four rebounds, four fouls and three turnovers in 13 minutes. Duncan finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Stephen Jackson scored 17 points for the Spurs. Cuttino Mobley led the Rockets with 18 points, and Steve Francis added 15. Yao played five minutes in the first half, and after sitting out the third quarter, he replaced Eddie Griffin at 11:10 of the final quarter. Twelve seconds later, the Rockets had a point taken off the Scoreboard when Yao stepped into the lane too early on a free throw by Mobley. Yao made other mistakes, like ri- lling a pass to a phantom baseline cutter, but his teammates only had encouragement for him. He leaned way down to listen to some guidance from Francis, and after he picked up his fourth personal, guard Juaquin Hawkins gave him an impromptu footwork lesson. "He's like a child trying to learn 90 different things ai one time," Mobley said. "You can't expect him to learn ft overnight." Yao was with China's national team until Oct. 13, when it was upset by South Korea in the Asian Games championship game. Kwan enjoying life a By NANCY ARMOUR AP Sports Writer SPOKANE, Wash. — Michelle Kwan has no idea what she's doing the next few months or even the next few weeks. And she's discovering she kind of likes it that way. "Usually after the tour, I have my programs set, I have everything, I'm all ready for the season," she said Wednesday. "This year, it was like, 'OK, at my leisure,' which was a lot more comfortable. I took it at a different pace and I'm a little less stressful now." After a decade of mapping out her entire life almost a year in advance, Kwan is content to just go with the flow. Sure, she'll be on the ice when Skate America begins Thursday night, just as she always is at the event she's won six times. But it's different this year. The four-time world and six-time U.S. champion didn't enter any of the Grand Prix events, and most expected she'd simply take the year off after her disappointing bronze- medal finish in the Salt Lake City Olympics. She did come up with a new short program and free skate just in case, but had no idea when — or even if—she'd use them. She's only at Skate America because Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes is hurt. When Hughes withdrew last Friday, Kwan got a phone call asking if she'd be a last-minute fill-in. "I thought, 'You know that would he kind of fun to try things out,' " she said. "1 think I'm kind of ready, so here goes nothing." While Kwan's surprise appearance is the main attraction on the ice, the sport's top sideshow — criticizing the judges — gets top billing. In an effort to prevent more embarrassing scandals like the one that rocked the Olympics, the International Skating Union is unveiling its new, super-secret judging system at Skate America. The judging panel is being expanded, and a computer will randomly select which marks will counl. At Skaie America, the computer will use seven marks from the 10-judge panel for men's, ladies and pairs. There will he a nine-judge panel for ice danc- ing, wilh seven marks, selected. No one, not even the judges themselves, will know whose marks are being used. "1 wouldn't want to criticize ihe new judging system because il hasn't occurred yet," Kwan said. "You'll have to ask the same question after I compete. You have to look not at the system, but who's in the system." That Kwan wanted a little breather after last season was no surprise. Slit- split with longtime coach Frank Carroll before Skate America, then worked on her own the rest of the season — an unheard of scenario, especially in an Olympic year. She went to Salt Lake City as the favorite only to watch yet another spunky American teenager grab the coveled gold medal. A few weeks later, Irina Slutskaya took her world litle away. "It's a little strange, because 1 thought I would feel differently," she said. "The (post-Olympic) lour actually helped rne because it gave me a sense of, 'It's fine.' I'm skating, and one performance isn't going to make me a bad person or a good person. It happens." And as Kwan gained perspective, other things fell into place. Though she has no regrets about going on her own last year, she's back wilh a coach. 1986 U.S. men's silver medal- ist Scott Williams. Kwan had known Williams for several years, and she asked him one day if he'd come to the rink the next morning and help her out. Williams agreed, and the two gradually settled into a comfortable routine. "She certainly is passionate about the actual act" of skating and the training and the performing as anyone I've ever seen," Williams said. "It's nice to see someone enjoy skating so much." As for the rest of the year, Kwan si ill doesn't know. She's at Skate America. and she's excited to skate and compete. The rest will just fall into place. "Since the end of the tour to now, it's been kind of a whirlwind," she said. "I've gotten a new coach, I've gotten to find a comfort zone — where 1 train, where I skate, where I work out — figuring (hings out. "It seems that everything is being lined up pretty on lime, and I just have to see how it Stronger Title IX ByKATHERINEVOGT Associated Press Writer COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Members of a special commission of the U.S. secretary of education said Wednesday that more needs to be done to enforce compliance with a federal law requiring gender equity in school sports. While no formal recommendation was made, some members of Education Secretary Rod Paige's Commission on Opporlunily in Alhleiics noted that many colleges and universities do not comply with the requirements of Title IX, limiting the impact of Ihe landmark law. "Enforcement is a huge concern. In 30 years, no one has ever lost their funding and (here are many schools lhat are not in compliance," said commission co-chair Cynthia Cooper, a former WNBA all-star. Cooper heads the commission along with Stanford athletics director Ted [.eland. The 1972 law requires schools that receive federal money to provide equal athletic opportunities for men and women. Since it took effect, the number of girls playing varsity high school sporls has grown sharply, as have budgets for women's athletic programs. The 15-member commission, formed in June, is charged with looking for ways to improve Title IX. On Wednesday, the panel closed a two- day public hearing at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, the third of four meetings held across the nation. Commissioners will submit recom- mendations lo Paige by Jan. 31. "1 would hope lhat we would make a recommendation that there be a mandate to be much more serious about enforcement," said commissioner Graham Spanier, president of Penn State. The commission's next meeting will be held Nov. 20-21 in San Diego' Indiana Auto Supply . n FrM:The.pt#$liK:f^^ a Jordan files lawsuit over alleged extortion attempt #1 In Pride I #1 In Quality I #1 In Service By ANDREW BUCHANAN Associated Press Writer CHICAGO — Michael Jordan Hied a lawsuit Wednesday against a woman he contends is trying lo extort $5 million from him to keep quiet about their relationship more than 10 years ago. Jordan acknowledged in the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court that he paid the woman $250,000 "under threat of publicly exposing that relationship." Jordan, who plays for the Washington Wizards but spent most of his career with the Chicago Bulls, never agreed to pay any amount above the original $250,000, the lawsuit says. The woman attempted to extort the additional money from Jordan through her attorneys, according to the lawsuit. Her lawyers were not named in the paperwork. The lawsuit asks the court to stop the woman from further attempts to get money from Jordan. Jordan, who has been married for more lhan 12 years, refused to com- ment when asked about the lawsuit before the Wizards' preseason game in Detroit. After Washington's BG-BH loss, he was not much more forthcoming about the situation. "That's private," he said surrounded by reporters and cameras. "Thai's totally private." Jordan's lawyer, Frederick Sperling, refused to say whether he asked the police to get involved. He also refused to answer questions about the nature of the relationship. "The complain! says everything Michael has lo say," Sperling said. Chicago Police had no knowledge of a criminal complaint filed, while ihe Cook County Stale's Attorney's office said no charges were filed. P.slee Portnoy, a spokeswoman for SFX Sporls Group, Jordan's management agency, said she couldn't com- mcnl on pending litigation. Juanila Jordan filed for divorce last January, but (he fordans withdrew Ihe divorce case a momh later and issued a statement saying they were Irying lo get back logelher. $ 199 34 After Mail-ln-Rebate MVP Cordless Spotlight $ 15" Anco Winter Blades $499 •T ea Free installation 15-16-18" 2+2 Gas Line Anfi Freeze #0804575 Holley Carburetor INDIANA 1270 Wayne Ave. Closed Sundays (724) 463-9165 BLAIRS VILLE 37 Market Street Open Mon.-Fn. 8 am - 7 pm Open Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 30 pm Open Mon.-Frt. 8 am-5 pm Sat. 8am-4pm Sat. 8 am-3 pm Sat. 8:30 am.1:30 pm Closed Sundays (724) 459-6200 . CLYMER 76 Franklin Street Around the area From Staff Reports Tartans name Indiana native captain NEW WILMINGTON— Indiana native Jim Mann has been selected as one of two co-capiairis for the Westminster College men's swimming team for the 2002-2003 season. Mann, a graduate of The Kiski School, is a three-lime NCAA Division II national qualifier, a two-time Ail-American and has competed twice in the U.S. Open Swimming Championships. He holds school records in she 100 and 200 backstroke. Mann is a business administration major. Purchase Line grad shines on the field WASIHNGTON, D.C. — Frostburg Stale University junior Dave Lightner led the defense as Frostburg fell to Catholic University 41-35 on Saturday afternoon's matchup. Liglunur, a linebacker, recorded 11 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. The Bobcats play host to Ursinus on Saturday. Homer-Center, United play to tie 1IOMHK CITY— United arid Homer-Center played to a scoreless lie in a scholasiic junior high football matchup on Wednesday, ending the Wildcats season. United (4-1-2) will play host to Marion Center on Wednesday for the final game of their season. IUP women top Seton Hill The Indiana University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team knocked off Seton I [ill 4-2 Wednesday to improve to 5-7-1. Lisa Castclli and Shelley Quieser scored first-half goals for IUP and Tia Kipp scored in the second for a 3-0 lead. Seton 1 lill closed to 3-1 before Cora Roeder clinched the win for IUP on a goal with 24:40 left. Kipp and Kayla Bittner were credited with assists. Sarah Daw was in goal for IUP and recorded five saves. The Indians will play ai Millersville Saturday. Marion Center boosters to meet MARION CENTER —The Marion Center Wrestling Boosters will meet on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the high school. All parents are welcome to attend. Elderton Sports Boosters to meet ELDiiRTON —The Elderton Sports Boosters will meet Wednesday ai 7 p.m. in the band room at ihe high school. KESS Little League to hold meeting EI.DEKTON -T- KESS Little League will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Elderlon 1 ligh School. Nominations and elections of officers for 2003 will be held. Pick-up games to start at Blairsville BIA1HSVII.LE —The Blairsville Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor men's pick-up basketball games at Blairsville High School starting Monday, Nov. 4, from 7-9 p.m. Rabbit-hunting tournament planned The Indiana Beagle Club will serve as the host of a rabbit-hunting tournament on Saturday, Nov. 9, on the club grounds. The entry fee is $30 per team. Teams may begin at any time on Saturday. Competition ends promptly at 4 p.m. Door pri/es, clog-food raffle and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Dave at (724) 397-9693 or Glenn at (724) 354-4894. Indiana County Gun Show set The Indiana County Bow and Gun Club Gun Show will be held at the Novosel Civic Center on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $4 per adult and $2 for youths ages 13-15 (or bring a nonperishable food item). Children 12 and under will be admitted free wilh an accompanying adult. There will he a gun drawing on Sunday at 3 p.m. Raffle proceeds benefit the Miners' Community Food Pantry and ICCAP's Food Bank. Road Runners accepting members The Indiana Road Runners Club is open to anyone interested in running for sport. The club boasts more than 100 members and holds runs every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Indiana Senior I ligh School. For more information, contact John Svvaugerand (724) 4G5-8262. EVERY MONDAY •W2 • ^ r \TS 48N ITS . CONTEST .cawttr LOCAL WEEKLY WINNER WfLL RECEIVE A PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA j " » And whether it's high school, collegiate or the pros, you will find complete football coverage in The Indiana Gazette. Don't miss out...subscribe today! For Home Delivery call 724-465-5555 Closed Sundays (724) 254 4344

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