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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 10, 2000


Ewing fuels more trade talk The SuperSonics have rekindled trade talks with the New York Knicks for center Patrick Ewing, but this time Seattle power forward Vin Baker isn't involved, according to the Seattle Times. In a three-team trade being discussed, the Los Angeles Lakers would land Horace Grant, the Knicks would acquire Glen Rice and the Sonics would get Ewing.

A four-team, 13-player deal -- with Baker and Ewing as the centerpiece -- fizzled two weeks ago.

Sonics general manager Wally Walker told Grant, 35, that a trade was possible.

"If I go to L.A., they might as well fit us for another ring," Grant said from Orlando, where he lives. "Because I know Shaq (O'Neal), I know Kobe (Bryant) and I know (coach) Phil (Jackson) and I know myself."

With the recent acquisition of Isaiah Rider, free agent Rice is expected to be shipped from the Lakers via a sign-and-trade deal.

The Knicks probably would trade Allan Houston, who can become a free agent next summer. The Knicks would like to replace Ewing with Atlanta center Dikembe Mutombo.

The Sonics seem intent on keeping Baker, but still need to fill the hole in the middle.

Last season, the 6-foot-10 Grant played out of position at center, averaging 8.1 points and 7.8 rebounds. Grant, who will earn close to $7-million next season, is expected to retire after the season.

MORE BASKETBALL: Magic Johnson drew 1,500 to see him play for his new team, the Magic Great Danes, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The retired NBA star never got into the game because of a strained thigh. ... A federal grand jury is expected to consider criminal charges in the cheating scandal in the University of Minnesota program, WCCO-TV of Minneapolis reported. It said former Gophers star Bobby Jackson, a member of the Sacramento Kings, was subpoenaed to testify. Investigators are considering allegations that Jackson completed work for two correspondence courses that was fraudulently altered and mailed, the station reported. It also said former coach Clem Haskins has consulted with an attorney. Jan Gangelhoff, the former tutor who admitted doing work for players, reportedly will testify.

CYCLING: Mariano Piccoli won the 13th stage of the Tour of Spain as Angel Casero retained the overall lead. Piccoli covered the 90-mile leg starting and finishing in Santander in 3 hours, 15 minutes, 44 seconds.

SOCCER: Italy's league has reprimanded AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi for his remarks that prompted the coach of the national team to quit. Berlusconi called Dino Zoff's performance "dishonorable" in the July loss to France in the European Championship final, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported. ... The University of Tampa men beat Seattle Pacific 3-0, improving to 3-1. Ryan Godfrey, Jason Bell and Roy Fink scored.

PREP FOOTBALL: Noah Ingram broke his Mississippi single-game rushing record with 506 yards in Rulevile's 74-71 victory over Indianola Gentry Friday. Ingram, who set the state season record last year with 3,411 yards, had six touchdowns on 41 carries against Gentry. He set the single-game record with 480 yards and six touchdowns in a 90-0 win last season.

COLLEGES: After two rounds of golf at Auburn, Florida State was in seventh place and South Florida in eighth. Seminole Beth McCumber's 151 total tied her for 10th place. USF freshman Jameica Duncombe tied for 15th with 153. USF defeated Clemson 15-9, 9-15, 15-3, 15-5 to win the Big Orange Bash volleyball tournament. Michelle Collier was the tournament's MVP, and Rachel Paul and Kelly Mathiasmeier joined Collier on the all-tournament team.

HORSES: Fantastic Light, who won the Dubai Sheema Classic, overtook El Athena to win the Man o'War at Belmont Park. El Athena finished a neck in front of Drama Critic, with John's Call another 2 lengths back. Critical Eye, a 25-1 shot, won the $200,000 Gazelle by a nose over Plenty of Light. ... Precious Feather caught Sheer Bliss on the stretch turn to win the $50,000 Noble Royalty Hanidcap at Calder Race Course. Cash's Pride, the favorite, was third. ... Unshaded, winner of the Travers Stakes, will be sidelined until next year because of a strained tendon in his left foreleg.

RUNNING: Tony Teats of Oldsmar won the Warhoop Sprint 5K at Seminole Lake Park in 15 minutes, 28 seconds. Kevin Lyons, a Clearwater Catholic runner, was second in 16:57, followed by Terry Fluke (17:03) of St. Petersburg. Christa Benton (18:20), a senior at Keswick Christian, led Judy Maguire (18:43) of Clearwater and Mary Ann Protz (20:01) of St. Petersburg.

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