By Times Staff Writers Times Wires
Published August 21, 2004
Former USF guard Reggie Kohn, the Bulls' all-time assists leader, said Friday he's turned down a chance to play professionally in Turkey because of a lingering stress fracture in his left leg.
Kohn flew to Izmir, Turkey, three weeks ago for a tryout and signed a one-year contract. But after a week of practicing he was bothered by the same injury that limited him at the end of his USF career. After checking with doctors in Florida, he told the team he would be unable to play.
"It's sad and it hurts that I can't play, but I'm glad to know that I could have played professionally," said Kohn, who graduated from USF last year. "There's no way I could play with the pain, and I love coaching. That's what I've always wanted to do."
Kohn will return for a second year as coach at Lake Howell High, which returns all but two players from last season's Class 5A state runnerup.
- GREG AUMAN, Times staff writer
USF BASEBALL: Right-handed pitcher Matt Klimis, who led Tarpon Springs to its first playoff berth in six years last spring, has joined the program as one of 16 freshmen on the 33-player roster. Klimis, who pitched a two-hitter in May to put the Spongers in the playoffs, earned first-team all-county honors as a senior, going 9-3 with 95 strikeouts. USF released its 2005 schedule, which includes a five-game tournament in Hawaii, a three-game weekend series at Miami and a midweek home game against Florida.
- GREG AUMAN, Times staff writer
UF SOCCER: Florida, ranked No. 16 in Soccer America's preseason poll, plays host to an Orange and Blue scrimmage at 7 tonight at James G. Pressly Stadium. Admission is free.
BAYLOR: With defense lawyers contending that Carlton Dotson is mentally incompetent to stand trial, a Waco, Texas, judge ruled that the prosecution's psychologist can examine the former Baylor basketball player accused of fatally shooting teammate Patrick Dennehy. The decision increases the possibility that Dotson's Oct. 11 trial could be indefinitely delayed.
TENNIS: Agassi, Hewitt in semis
Andre Agassi continues to make quick work of the field at the Legg Mason in Washington, winning 6-4, 6-4 over Paul-Henri Mathieu to reach the tournament's semifinals for the seventh straight year. The top seed and five-time champion had a far easier time than No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt, who advanced with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) win over seventh-seeded Cyril Saulnier. Hewitt faces fourth-seeded Robby Ginepri and Agassi plays Gilles Muller .
WESTERN AND SOUTHERN WOMEN'S OPEN: Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport cruised past seventh-seeded Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals in Mason, Ohio, to face fourth-seeded Marion Bartoli in the semifinals today. The top four seeds have advanced.
BOXING: Bay area men advance
Clearwater's Keith Thurman and St. Petersburg's Akinyemi Laleye each won for the third straight day, advancing to today's finals at the Ringside Amateur Boxing World Championships in Kansas City, Mo. Thurman, fighting at 141 pounds in the 15-16 boys senior open division, defeated New Jersey's Jason Rolon. The 15-year-old has lost just once in the past four years. Laleye, a 178-pounder originally from Nigeria, beat Oklahoma's Victor Valenzuela in the men's novice division for ages 17-34. None of Thurman or Laleye's opponents has lasted the four-round distance. St. Petersburg's Ken Lacy lost to Texas' Chris Henry in a heavyweight bout and was eliminated.
- JOHN C. COTEY, Times staff writer
ARENA FOOTBALL: Tampa is on the short list of cities to host a neutral-site ArenaBowl, an idea approved by the league's board of directors and which could be implemented within the next two years. Currently, the highest remaining seed hosts the championship game. Orlando, Las Vegas, Phoenix and New Orleans are other sites under consideration.
- FRANK PASTOR, Times staff writer
NBA: Phoenix signed free-agent center Steven Hunter, who averaged 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds with Orlando last season.