Laimbeer, Theus added to Timberwolves’ staff
Kurt Rambis and Bill Laimbeer were perhaps the two biggest agitators on the court when the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons went at each other in the 1980s.
Now the blue collar of those glitzy “Showtime” Lakers and the lead intimidator of Detroit’s feared “Bad Boys” are teaming to try to turn around one of the NBA’s most downtrodden franchises.
Rambis, hired this month as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, announced Thursday that Laimbeer, former Sacramento head coach and UNLV great Reggie Theus and former Celtics assistant general manager Dave Wohl will serve under him as assistants. J.B. Bickerstaff will be retained from Kevin McHale’s staff.
Also: Prison medical records show Dirk Nowitzki’s former fiancee is not pregnant, the Dallas Mavericks forward’s attorney said.
Cristal Taylor, 38, is serving a four-year prison sentence in Missouri after her May 6 arrest at Nowitzki’s Dallas home on a probation violation.
Taylor had told The Dallas Morning News she was pregnant with Nowitzki’s child. But Nowitzki attorney Robert Hart said a pregnancy test sought through a July court order has come back negative.
Forward Bruce Bowen, a tenacious defender who started for the San Antonio Spurs’ 2003, 2005 and 2007 NBA title teams, retired at age 38 after 12 seasons in the league.
Bowen called it quits after being waived by Milwaukee this summer.
Donaire recovering from dengue fever
Boxing champion Nonito Donaire is recovering from a frightening bout of dengue fever that put him in the hospital with a 104-degree temperature, his manager said.
Donaire, a Filipino-born fighter raised in California’s Bay Area, fell ill Wednesday in the Philippines, where he has been living since defeating Rafael Concepcion for the WBA’s interim 115-pound title last month at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Manager Cameron Dunkin said a regimen of intravenous fluids helped to reduce the fighter’s fever, which dropped to 100 degrees Thursday after climbing above 104. Donaire was expected to be released from the hospital Thursday.
LPGA Tour’s Rawson fires course-record 64
Anna Rawson shot a course-record 7-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen in the Canadian Women’s Open in Priddis, Alberta.
Rawson, a 28-year-old Australian who has missed nine cuts in 13 starts this year, had nine birdies and two bogeys to break Dawn Coe-Jones’ course mark by a shot.
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, the 2007 winner at Royal Mayfair in Edmonton, was two strokes back with Amanda Blumenherst.
Michelle Wie opened with a 76.
Also: Australia’s Brett Rumford birdied the last four holes for a 28 on the back nine, finishing with a 9-under 62 for the first-round lead at the European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland.
Rumford, the 2007 champion, was a stroke ahead of Simon Dyson.
Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham will miss the third-ranked Sooners’ season opener against No. 20 Brigham Young on Saturday because of cartilage damage in his right knee.
Gresham had 66 catches for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.
Former UNR starter Malik Cooke has joined the South Carolina men’s basketball team as a walk-on transfer.
Coach Darrin Horn said the 6-foot-5-inch Cooke must sit out the 2009-10 season under NCAA transfer rules.
Cooke, from Charlotte, N.C., will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after next year. He started all 34 games last season for the Wolf Pack, averaging 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds.
Senior Shannon Hughes scored the winning goal for the second straight game, putting away a penalty kick in the 80th minute, as the UNLV women’s soccer team defeated North Carolina State 1-0 in Raleigh, N.C.
The Rebels (2-1-1) held the Wolfpack (3-1) to three shots.