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College basketball

Pitino returns to team

By Wire services
Published January 30, 2004

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rick Pitino returned and resumed his coaching duties Thursday after a two-day medical leave.

Pitino, 51, was tested at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine the cause of a "urological pain" that has persisted in his left side for months.

Assistant coach Kevin Willard substituted for Pitino in fourth-ranked Louisville's 64-48 win over Houston on Wednesday night.

Pitino was not available for comment Thursday. He is expected to discuss his condition at a news conference this afternoon.

MAJERUS WAS WARNED: Friends of Rick Majerus urged the Utah coach to get his weight and health in check long before his midnight flight to California to be treated for chest pains.

Majerus was resting and going through more tests at his cardiologist's home in Santa Barbara, Calif., friends said.

Longtime friend Jon Huntsman, a Salt Lake City billionaire whom the Utes' home arena is named after, said the coach came to his home late Tuesday after having chest pains while eating dinner. Majerus complained the pains had moved to his left arm.

"Rick puts basketball ahead of everything else. It's been very difficult for him to focus on his own health," Huntsman said. "We've been after him for years. This is a wonderful wakeup call for him."

Top 25

NO.2 STANFORD 62, OREGON ST. 48: Josh Childress had 17 points as the visiting Cardinal (17-0, 8-0 Pac-10) remained one of two unbeaten teams in Division I.

Stanford won its ninth straight against the Beavers and fifth in a row at Gill Coliseum. Oregon State (8-10, 2-6) has lost four straight.

WASH. 96, NO.9 ARIZONA 83: Nate Robinson scored a career-high 31 on 11-of-15 shooting and directed a thrilling second-half charge for the host Huskies (8-8, 3-5 Pac-10).

Robinson scored 20 in the second half and added a key rebound and putback and an array of steals. The Wildcats (13-4, 5-3) couldn't run from the smaller Huskies, who had lost eight straight to Arizona.

NO.10 GONZAGA 85, SAN DIEGO 73: Cory Violette scored 10 of his 20 during a 16-4 run to close the first half, and the visiting Bulldogs rallied from an 11-point deficit. Adam Morrison also scored 20 for Gonzaga (16-2, 6-0 West Coast), which won its ninth straight. The Toreros (3-17, 0-5) have lost nine straight.

NO.19 WAKE 93, MARYLAND 85: Freshman Chris Paul scored 25 to help the host Demon Deacons (12-4, 3-3 ACC) snap a four-game losing streak. Paul and fellow guard Justin Gray snapped out of their funks against the Terrapins (11-6, 2-4) and helped Wake Forest overcome a 10-point halftime deficit.

ARKANSAS: Lawyers for dismissed coach Nolan Richardson should be barred from questioning football coach Houston Nutt or other officials about Nutt's recent negotiations with the school for a new contract, university attorneys argued.

"The only reason that (Richardson) has for making any inquiry into these areas is to cause annoyance, oppression, harassment and embarrassment," read a brief filed in federal court.

Richardson sued the university and the Razorback Foundation after he was fired March 1, 2002. His suit claims he was fired because he is black and outspoken.

VANDERBILT: Coach Kevin Stallings apologized for comments he made about a fight that resulted in two players being ejected in a loss to South Carolina. Stallings had to pull guard Corey Smith off Renaldo Balkman after the Gamecocks forward hit Smith in the first half Wednesday.

"If somebody's going to hit you in the mouth, you need to wait a little while until you get a chance to knock some of their teeth out," Stallings said after the game. "But you don't need to do it right then. But I'd be worried about his teeth in the next game if that's what happened."

Nation

LOYOLA (MD.) 63, MARIST 57: The host Greyhounds snapped a 31-game losing streak, a run of futility that fell just short of an NCAA record. With its first win in over a year, Loyola narrowly avoided Grambling's mark of 33 in a row from Dec. 6, 1999, to Dec. 16, 2000.

Charlie Bell scored 20 of his 25 in the second half as the Greyhounds (1-18, 1-9 MAAC) handed the Red Foxes (5-13, 3-6) their fourth straight loss.

[Last modified January 30, 2004, 01:32:11]


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