Coronado’s Jordan nets second medal of Games

Henderson’s Cortney Jordan is 2-for-2 in trips to the medals stand at the 2008 Paralympic Games after the 17-year-old swimmer won a bronze medal in the women’s 200-meter individual medley in Beijing.

Jordan, a senior at Coronado High School who has Cerebral Palsy, swam her 200 IM final in 3 minute, 7.96 seconds.

She had won a silver medal for the United States in the 100 freestyle. She has four events left: the 100 backstroke today, the 400 freestyle Thursday, the 50 butterfly Saturday and the 50 freestyle Sunday.

On the track, sprinter Oscar Pistorius picked up the first of what he hopes will be three gold medals.

Despite a slow start on a wet track, the South African won the most difficult of his three races, clocking 11.17 to take gold in the 100-meter dash. American Jerome Singleton trailed in 11.20, and Brian Frasure of the United States took bronze in 11.50.

Pistorius is a favorite to win the 200 and 400.

The double amputee, known as the “Blade Runner” because of his prosthetic legs, won a legal battle in May for the right to run in the Beijing Olympics against able-bodied athletes. But he failed to meet the qualifying time in the 400.


Lakers’ Bryant won’t have surgery on finger

Kobe Bryant will not have surgery on his right pinkie because recovery, which could take 12 weeks, would take too long.

Bryant has played with damaged ligaments in the finger since February, but said he won’t have surgery after seeking opinions from hand specialists.

Bryant averaged 28.3 points while playing in all 82 games despite injuring the finger Feb. 5 against the New Jersey Nets. The Lakers guard put off surgery until after the Beijing Olympics, where he helped the United States to the gold medal.

Also: The Philadelphia 76ers gave coach Maurice Cheeks his second contract extension in seven months, capping a busy summer highlighted by the addition of free-agent forward Elton Brand.

Cheeks previously signed a one-year extension Feb. 20. Terms of the latest deal were not disclosed.

Cheeks led the team to the playoffs last season, where the 76ers lost in the first round to the Detroit Pistons. After an 18-30 start, Philadelphia won 18 of its next 23 games, finished 40-42 and with the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus was taken off the court in a wheelchair wearing a neck brace after hitting her head on the floor during the first quarter of a WNBA game against the Indiana Fever in Minneapolis.

The team said Augustus was undergoing tests on her head. She did not return to the game.


UTEP fans begin paying respects to Haskins

Dozens of fans, many wearing Texas-El Paso orange and blue, solemnly filed past Don Haskins’ wooden casket at center court of the arena named for the pioneering basketball coach.

The Hall of Fame coach, who retired in 1999, died at age 78 Sunday from congestive heart failure. Haskins is credited with helping break racial barriers by starting five black players during the 1966 championship against all-white Kentucky, which UTEP — then called Texas Western — won.

A private funeral is scheduled for today. A public memorial, expected to draw thousands, is set for Thursday night.

Also: UNR’s athletic director announced that NCAA investigators have cleared the program of the most serious allegations that sparked a 10-month-long probe of the school, including issues related to gambling.

Nothing will be final until the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions acts on the investigative report, but the investigators who visited the campus last year and this year determined “we have no lack of institutional control and no issues related to gambling,” Cary Groth said at a news conference.

Those claims had been leveled by former women’s soccer coach Terri Patraw, who maintains she was fired last year in retaliation for reporting such violations.


Fatigued Blake left off U.S. Davis Cup squad

James Blake was left off the defending champion U.S. Davis Cup team because of exhaustion and replaced by Sam Querrey on Tuesday.

Querrey was chosen ahead of Blake for the best-of-5 semifinal match against Spain on outdoor clay from Sept. 19 to 21 in Madrid.

Andy Roddick and doubles specialists Bob and Mike Bryan round out the U.S. team selected by captain Patrick McEnroe.

Last year, Blake teamed with Roddick and the Bryans to lead the Americans to their record 32nd Davis Cup title.

Spain captain Emilio Sanchez Vicario selected top-ranked Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez.

Also: The Detroit Red Wings re-signed defenseman Chris Chelios for one year.

Chelios, 46, enters his 25th NHL season and 10th with the Red Wings.

He began his career with the Montreal Canadiens and also played for the Chicago Blackhawks. Last season, he became the second-oldest player in NHL history to appear in a game, behind Gordie Howe.

With more goals than minutes in the game, Slovakia’s women’s ice hockey team claimed an 82-0 victory over Bulgaria in Olympic qualifying.

Slovakia outshot the Bulgarians 139-0 during the 60-minute game, played in Latvia.

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