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Weekend Sports In Brief

Weekend Sports In Brief

Greg Maddux and Ferguson Jenkins had their No. 31 retired prior to the Chicago Cubs' game against the Florida Marlins on Sunday.
Maddux retired last December as the eighth-winningest pitcher in major league history with 355 victories. He had his most productive seasons with Atlanta, winning three Cy Youngs and a World Series during his 11 years with the Braves.
Jenkins played for Chicago from 1966-1973 and 1982-83, winning the Cy Young in 1971 after going 24-13 with 30 complete games, a 2.77 ERA and 263 strikeouts. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Cub in 1991.
The Braves are scheduled to retired Maddux's number in July.
BASKETBALL
DENVER (AP) _ Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Mark Warkentien was named the NBA's executive of the year after Denver pulled off the unimaginable feat of getting better while shedding millions of dollars in salary and luxury tax.
Warkentien was the architect of the biggest deal in the NBA this season, trading Allen Iverson and his big contract to the Detroit Pistons for Chauncey Billups. The move sparked Denver's franchise-tying 54-win regular season and the Nuggets' first playoff series win in 15 years.
He received nine of 30 votes from a panel of NBA executives in results announced Sunday, the same day the Nuggets began their second-round series against the Dallas Mavericks with a win.
FOOTBALL
IRVING, Texas (AP) _ A Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant was permanently paralyzed from the waist down after his spine was severed during the collapse of the team's tent-like practice structure in a severe storm.
The team announced Rich Behm was in stable condition at Parkland Hospital on Sunday after surgery to stabilize a fracture to the thoracic spine.
The 33-year-old Behm was among a dozen people hurt in the accident Saturday, and was one of three Cowboys staffers who remained hospitalized.
HORSE RACING
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) _ I Want Revenge appeared to be OK on Sunday morning, a day after being scratched from the Kentucky Derby with an ankle injury.
Veterinarian Foster Northrop said he planned to do another scan of the 3-year-old's left front ankle, but said the joint responded well after the colt jogged on the asphalt outside Barn 24 at Churchill Downs on Sunday.
Northrop estimated recovery could take anywhere from 60 days to six months depending on the extent of the injury, but said additional tests will probably be necessary before setting any kind of timetable.
CYCLING
PINOS ALTOS, New Mexico (AP) _ The last big test for Lance Armstrong before the Giro d'Italia was more than 105 miles of steep roads and windy descents in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico.
It was the hardest stage of the Tour of the Gila, but Armstrong and his teammates Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner passed the test. The Astana riders, who entered the five-day event as independents, used the tour as a tune up for the upcoming race in Italy.
Leipheimer won the Tour of the Gila on Sunday after finishing first in two of the early stages and coming in third behind Armstrong in the last stage, dubbed the Gila Monster. Armstrong moved up in the overall classification from fourth to second after Sunday's stage.
GOLF
SANTANDER, Spain (AP) _ Golfing great Seve Ballesteros made his first public appearance Sunday since undergoing four separate surgeries to remove a cancerous brain tumor.
Ballesteros, a five-time major winner, was on hand for a Spanish league match at Racing Santander's El Sardinero stadium, where he received a standing ovation from the fans.
Dressed in jeans and a dark blazer, Ballesteros, who lives close by, waved to fans and smiled.
The 52-year-old underwent four operations to destroy a malignant brain tumor between Oct. 5 and late December, when he was finally released from Madrid's La Paz hospital.
He is currently undergoing his fourth round of chemotherapy.
TENNIS
ROME (AP) _ Rafael Nadal won his record fourth Rome Masters title on Sunday, beating defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (2), 6-2.
It's the third clay-court title in three weeks for the top-ranked Spaniard, following victories at the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open.
He extended his winning streak on clay to 30 matches, stretching back to an opening-round loss to Juan Carlos Ferrero in Rome last year.
Nadal broke an Open Era tie with Thomas Muster, who won Rome titles in 1990, 1995 and 1996. Jaroslav Drobny and Martin Mulligan also each won three titles before the Open Era.
OLYMPICS
MADRID (AP) _ Madrid organizers will welcome the International Olympic Committee's evaluation team Monday with high hopes tempered by past experience.
The IOC's team arrives for the last of its 2016 Games inspection tours after visiting Chicago, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.
IOC chairwoman Nawal el Moutawakel said the evaluation team was "impressed" with each of those, and Madrid bid chief Mercedes Coghen doesn't expect the Spanish capital's presentation to change the IOC's careful vocabulary.
It's the second time that the IOC is evaluating Madrid, which also bid for the 2012 Games awarded to London, and Coghen believes that familiarity could work in Madrid's favor.


Updated : 2021-02-25 22:54 GMT+08:00