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pro basketball

Timberwolves hire Adelman
to replace Rambis as coach

The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to a contract Tuesday to make Rick Adelman their next coach. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Adelman, 65, is eighth on the NBA’s career victories list, with a 945-616 record in 20 seasons as coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.

Adelman and the Rockets parted ways in April after his four-year, $16.25 million contract expired. He replaces the fired Kurt Rambis, who is owed $4 million for the final two years of his contract.

college football

Ex-Florida State coach Bowden
beat prostate cancer in 2007

Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden revealed he was successfully treated for prostate cancer in 2007, making the rounds in New York to tell his story.

Although he had kept it secret for more than four years, Bowden said he believed it was now “my moral duty to bring it out in the open.”

Bowden, who turns 82 in early November, appeared on several morning TV shows as a paid spokesman for a national prostate cancer education initiative called On The Line. He’s scheduled for more appearances today.

Bowden was treated by one of his former players who was captain of the coach’s first team at Florida State in 1976. Dr. Joe Camps, a urologist and surgical oncologist, implanted low-dose radiation seeds in Bowden’s prostate.

miscellaneous

Wheldon will chase $5 million
bonus in IndyCar finale at LVMS

Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon will be the only driver chasing IndyCar’s $5 million bonus in the season finale Oct. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Wheldon will start last in the field and collect only half the money if he wins. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said the other $2.5 million will go to a fan chosen through a contest.

The bonus originally was intended to lure a driver from outside the series. Instead, Bernard turned to Wheldon, who has not raced since winning his second Indy 500 in May, making him eligible for the bonus.

Bernard said three other drivers were considered: NASCAR’s Kasey Kahne, former Champ Car and Formula One driver Alex Zanardi, and extreme sports athlete Travis Pastrana.

Fans can register for the $2.5 million bonus contest, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas for race weekend, starting today online or by using the Verizon IndyCar cell phone application.

Also: Nine of NASCAR’s 10 championship races will be available online for the first time in history.

ESPN and Turner Sports planned to announce today that NASCAR.com’s RaceBuddy feature will be available during the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. NASCAR programming also will appear for the first time on ESPN’s WatchESPN.com platform and WatchESPN application.

The 10-race Chase begins Sunday at Chicago. The Oct. 15 event at Charlotte, N.C., is the only race that won’t be available online because it is airing on ABC, which doesn’t allow events to be shown live online to protect its affiliate stations.

Thiago Silva headed an injury-time equalizer to give AC Milan a 2-2 draw against titleholder Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, as the Champions League season began.

Tournament favorite Barcelona trailed after 24 seconds when Alexandre Pato dashed through Barcelona’s half and coolly slid the ball under goalkeeper Victor Valdes to give the Italian champions the lead. Pedro Rodriguez and David Villa scored for Barcelona.

The UNLV women’s golf team finished eighth in the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic at Fort Collins, Colo. The Rebels shot 10-over-par 298 in the third round to finish at 41-over 905, 32 strokes behind winner UC Davis.

UNLV sophomore Katerina Prorokova shot 3-under 69, the lowest score of the day, to finish tied for 17th at 6-over 222. UC Davis’ Demi Runas took medalist honors at 5-under 211.

Southern California senior guard Jio Fontan, who averaged 10.5 points last season and was second on the team in rebounding and assists, is expected to miss the basketball season after having surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

Usain Bolt made a cautious start in his first 100 meters since his disqualification at the world championships, but still won in a season-best 9.85 seconds at the Zagreb World Challenge in Zagreb, Croatia. Bolt, who false-started in South Korea last month to end his hopes of retaining his title, shaved 0.03 seconds off his previous fastest time this year.

Former ESPN commentator Jay Mariotti pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to charges that he stalked and assaulted a former girlfriend. The 51-year-old was sentenced to five years of probation and 90 days of community service.

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