Bobcats owner Jordan inks Kwame Brown again
The draft decision helped define both men in harsh terms: Michael Jordan was a failed executive, Kwame Brown a bust as a player.
Now, nine years after Jordan took Brown with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, they’re reuniting in hopes of shedding both labels.
The Jordan-owned Charlotte Bobcats on Monday came to terms with Brown on a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.3 million.
Jordan was running the Washington Wizards when he selected Brown straight out of high school with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft. The big man turned out to be a major disappointment.
Jordan was later fired by the Wizards.
Also: Spain point guard Jose Manuel Calderon will miss the basketball world championships after hurting his leg in an exhibition against the United States.
Tests revealed the Toronto Raptors player tore a muscle in his left leg in Sunday’s 86-85 loss. Calderon headed to the locker room late in the game.
Reigning WNBA MVP Diana Taurasi signed a multiyear contract extension with the Phoenix Mercury, ending speculation that she will take next season off.
Wearing down from playing nonstop for seven years, Taurasi had considered taking the 2011 WNBA season off and only playing overseas, where she makes about five times as much money.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Practice begins for team beset by strange ailment
The McMinnville (Ore.) High School Grizzlies opened fall football practice on Monday while two teammates remained hospitalized and doctors tried to determine why 24 players developed a condition that caused intense pain and dangerous swelling in their arms.
Authorities say 11 players were treated in the emergency room last week, 13 were admitted and three required surgery to relieve pressure caused by the swelling.
Physicians still don’t know why so many players came down with the condition, called compartment syndrome, which is marked by high enzyme levels in the blood and can be caused by certain drugs or by strenuous exercise, dehydration or a combination of factors.
Figure skater Plushenko ineligible for Olympics
Evgeni Plushenko will need more than quadruple jumps to make it to the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
The Olympic gold and silver medalist lost his eligibility after failing to appeal a June decision by the International Skating Union, which punished Plushenko for skating in exhibitions without permission from the Russian federation.
Plushenko did not appeal in the allotted 21 days, and the ISU said its decision was final.
Also: Jeff Wilson shot the second-lowest score in the 110-year history of the U.S. Amateur to take a seven-shot lead after the first day of stroke play in University Place, Wash.
The 47-year-old Wilson, from Fairfield, Calif., closed his round with a pair of eagles for a course-record 62 at the par-72, 7,420-yard Home Course — one of two courses used for the championship.
Stroke play continues today, with the top 64 in the 312-player field advancing to match play.
UNLV goalkeeper Kylie Wassell was named Mountain West Conference women’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Wassell, a freshman from Bonanza High School, made seven saves to post a shutout in a 1-0 road victory over UC Riverside in the season opener Friday.