Channing Frye, who had heart condition, returns to Phoenix Suns
Almost exactly a year after a physical before training camp revealed a heart condition that threatened his career, and maybe worse, forward-center Channing Frye is back with the Phoenix Suns.
Suns’ Frye is cleared to play
Almost exactly a year after a routine physical before training camp revealed a heart condition that threatened his career, and maybe worse, forward-center Channing Frye is back with the Phoenix Suns.
Suns officials say they decided over the weekend Frye should rejoin the team after he was unanimously cleared by several doctors.
The 30-year-old had an enlarged heart, apparently caused by a virus.
“It’s like my heart had a cold,” Frye said Monday. “It had a cold for a year, it went away so now I’m better.”
Asked about recent basketball activity, Frye said, “A little dribbling here, a little shooting there, but not enough to break a sweat, put it that way.”
Although he never felt the ailment would end his career, Frye said, “I think it was very serious. As professional athletes, we push ourselves every day. There’s really no medium to exercise — there’s zero and there’s a hundred.
“Every doctor I went to was, like, ‘Thank God we caught it when we did.’ ”
N.Y. picks up coach’s option
Steve Mills, who replaced Glen Grunwald as general manager of the New York Knicks on Thursday, made his first major decision when he elected to pick up the option on coach Mike Woodson’s contract for the 2014-15 season.
Woodson, 55, led the Knicks to 54 victories last season, their best total in 13 years, and their first division title since 1994.
George is convicted of fraud
A former NBA player perhaps best known for his 1990 NCAA tournament buzzer-beater for the University of Connecticut against Clemson was convicted of four counts of federal wire fraud in a Ponzi scheme that netted him about $2 million.
Authorities said Tate George, 45, carried out a profitable scheme that lined his pockets from 2005 to early 2011, even though his purported real-estate development firm — The George Group — had virtually no income-generating operation.
A federal jury in Trenton, N.J., returned the verdict after a three-week trial and George’s sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 16. Each count of wire fraud carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
AP: Dodds to exit in 2014
Longtime Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds will step down in August 2014 and move into a consulting role at the nation’s wealthiest college-athletic program, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.
School officials are expected to make a formal announcement Tuesday.
Last month, Dodds vigorously denied a report he was stepping down Dec. 31.
Under the plan to be announced Tuesday, Dodds will remain on the job through Aug. 31, 2014, and move into a consulting role for the next year.
Dodds, 76, is under contract at Texas through 2015 at $700,000 per year, with a $1 million annuity if he is employed at the end of August 2014.
Dodds came to Texas from Kansas State in 1981. During his tenure, the Texas men’s program has won 14 national championships and 107 conference titles, most notably the 2005 national football title.
The Texas program brought in $163 million last year. Dodds once said of Texas’ wealth: “We are the Joneses.”
Dunker Kurland dies at 88
Bob Kurland, who is credited with being the first player to regularly dunk in games, died at his home in Sanibel Island, Fla., on Sunday. He was 88.
The Hall of Famer, who was listed as a 7-footer, led Oklahoma State — then called Oklahoma A&M — to national titles in 1945 and 1946 and was a three-time All-American.
He helped the U.S. team win Olympic gold medals in 1948 and 1952.
Last year, Kurland said his first dunk happened by accident during a 1944 game at Temple after he picked up a loose ball.
“The ball happened to be under the basket,” he recalled. “I got it up and stuffed it in. That started it, I guess ... It was an unintentional accident. It wasn’t planned.”
Kurland didn’t play pro ball. Like many Midwest players from his era, he competed in Amateur Athletic Union tournaments.
• Golfer P.K. Kongkraphan of Thailand won the Symetra Tour money title with $47,283 to secure one of 10 LPGA Tour cards for next season.
Others earning LPGA Tour cards by finishing among the top 10 on the Symetra money list were Giulia Molinaro, Marina Alex, Christine Song, Cydney Clanton, Sue Kim, Hannah Jun, Perrine Delacour, Alena Sharp and Jaclyn Sweeney.
Megan McChrystal won the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla., with a 13-under-par 275 total for 72 holes.
• Defending champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus double-faulted 15 times in losing 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to unseeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the first round of the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing.
“It was an awful match and a very bad performance from me, so there’s not much to say about it,” said Azarenka, who is ranked second in the world. “It happens once, twice a year to every player and it happened to me today.”
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