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Heat signs MacLean, Fuller

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 14, 2000


The Miami Heat signed forward Don MacLean and center Todd Fuller on Wednesday for undisclosed terms, as coach Pat Riley continued to revamp the lineup before training camp opens next month.

MacLean, a 6-foot-10 forward who played sparingly with the Phoenix Suns last season, has averaged 11 points and four rebounds in eight years.

Playing for his seventh NBA team, MacLean -- a good outside shooter who was the league's Most Improved Player in 1994 -- is expected to compete for a roster spot behind forward Brian Grant.

Fuller, a 6-foot-11 center who played with the Charlotte Hornets last season, gives the Heat size and depth behind Alonzo Mourning. In four years, Fuller has averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds.

MORE BASKETBALL: The Portland Trail Blazers signed free-agent center Will Perdue to a two-year contract and re-signed free-agent swingman Stacey Augmon. The 7-foot Perdue, 35, spent last season with the Chicago Bulls, averaging 2.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. ... Seattle SuperSonics guard Vernon Maxwell surrendered to police more than a week after a warrant was issued when Heidi Hayden of Charlotte, N.C., told them Maxwell punched and kicked her Sept. 2. Maxwell, 34, was released from jail after posting a $2,500 bond. ... Al Hairston, who played two seasons for the SuperSonics, was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Washington. Hairston was one of the state's top high school coaches before becoming coach at the University of Seattle. ... Kobe Bryant and his father, Joe, bought a 50 percent share of Olimpia Milano in Italy's Serie A and want to buy the other 50 percent. Bryant lived in Italy for eight years while his father played in the league. His idol was Milan's top scorer, Mike D'Antoni.

BOXING: California's pension fund for retired boxers has seen its reserves reduced to $146,500, down from $470,000 two years ago, according to the Wall Street Journal. A state legislative committee estimated the fund's reserve will be in the red by fiscal 2002. The pension plan was created in 1981 with a surcharge on tickets, but is in trouble because fights have moved to casinos and exhibition halls owned by Indian tribes, who don't contribute. ... Virgil Hill broke his right hand during a weekend sparring session, forcing postponement of Saturday's fight against WBA cruiserweight champion Fabrice Tiozzo in Las Vegas.

CYCLING: Davide Bramati pulled away from four riders to win the 17th stage of the Tour of Spain, and Roberto Heras retained his overall lead. Bramati covered the 96 miles between Benavente and Salamanca in 3 hours, 24 minutes, 33 seconds. Biagio Conte, Fabio Baldato, Marco Zanotti and Pedro Diaz Lobato crossed the line nine seconds behind Bramati and nearly a minute ahead of the pack.

COLLEGES: The House Judiciary Committee voted 19-9 to outlaw betting on amateur sports. The Senate Commerce Committee approved similar legislation in April. Opponents say 98 percent of the gambling on college sports occurs illegally, outside the reach of Nevada casinos. The committee rejected a bill offered by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., creating an Amateur Sports Illegal Gambling Task Force and doubled penalties for illegal betting on sports. It debated an amendment to outlaw all sports betting, as requested by professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey.

GOLF: Kathy Kahan of Longwood shot 3 over 75 but still had the lead in the sixth annual Florida Women's State Stroke Play Championship at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. At 147, Kahan led by two strokes going into today's final round. Marla Weeks of Oviedo was second at 149. Mary Ann Petrillo of St. Petersburg and Karen Greenway of Brooksville shot the low of 73 and were tied for sixth at 152. ... Greg Puga and Wayne Raath each won two matches to advance to the final of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Hot Springs, Va. Puga, 29, beat Jim Spagnolo in the semifinals after eliminating Jeff Wilson. Raath, 25, a graduate assistant coach at Florida Southern, edged Vincent Hamilton in the semifinals after beating Randy Nichols.

HORSES: A colt of Storm Cat was purchased for $6.8-million at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. It was highest price paid for a yearling in North America since Seattle Dancer sold for $13.1-million and Laa Etaab went for $7-million in 1985. The colt was purchased for the Coolmore Stud partnership of John Magnier and Michael Tabor. ... The Dubai World Cup Committee added more than $3-million to its jackpot, making races in March worth $15.25-million. The purse for the UAE Derby went to $2-million from $500,000, and the Godolphin Mile goes to $1-million from $250,000. The Dubai World Cup is still worth $6-million, with the winner getting $3.6-million. The Breeders' Cup card at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6 will have a total purse of $13-million. ... Richter Scale, the stakes-winning sprinter with $11-million in earnings, has been retired to stud at Wafare Farm in Midway, Ky. Richter Scale injured a tendon in the Forego Handicap at Saratoga, N.Y. ... Open Sesame beat Quiet Mike by 3 lengths in the $46,000 feature race at Belmont Park. Ridden by Heberto Castillo Jr., Open Sesame earned $27,600 for his third victory in nine starts. Fajardo was third.

TENNIS: U.S. Open champion Marat Safin overcame a long flight to beat Oleg Ogorodov 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the President's Cup in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. ... Marc-Kevin Goellner ousted fifth seed Magnus Gustafsson 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) in the second round of the Gelsor Open. No. 8 Alex Calatrava defeated Jens Knippschild 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, and Galo Blanco ousted Julian Alonso 6-2, 6-2. Fernando Meligeni advanced when Michael Kohlmann retired because of cramps.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Mike Dean, Texas-Arlington's coach for eight years, resigned effective Oct. 1 to join two friends in an investment business. Athletic director Pete Carlon said he would consider assistant coaches Kim Dowell and Robert Robinson as a replacement.

SOCCER: Manchester United, AC Milan, Barcelona and Bayern Munich easily won their European Champions League openers. ... An emergency meeting today of Scottish Premier League officers will decide whether to cancel weekend matches because truckers, farmers and taxi drivers are blocking Britain's refineries to protest rising costs. A third of Britain's filling stations have run dry. Auto racing fans face difficulty traveling, because most tracks are in rural areas. Sponsors plan to bus some fans to soccer matches, and the Rugby Football Union told clubs to plan alternative transportation.

VOLLEYBALL: Matching the team's win total of a year ago, the Florida State women stayed undefeated at home and 8-1 overall, beating the Jacksonville Dolphins 15-3, 15-6, 15-8. The Seminoles were led by Norisha Campbell, who hit .789 with 16 kills and only one error, and Alex Sevillano, who had 12 kills a .550 hitting percentage and one error. Jennifer Werrick hit .368 with nine kills. FSU hosts Samford and Notre Dame on Friday in the Lady Seminole Classic volleyball tournament.

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