Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 27, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Raptors in Rush to make draft deal
By Lori Ewing
TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors didn’t need Kareem Rush, but saw his value.
The Raptors traded the University of Missouri guard, the 20th overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft yesterday, along with little-used Tracy Murray to the Los Angeles Lakers for reserve point guard Lindsey Hunter and their first-round pick, Fresno State forward Chris Jefferies.
The move gives the Raptors a point guard and a backup veteran in Hunter,
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and more cash in their pockets.
The Raptors, still stinging financially from last season’s signing spree, save nearly $1 million US in the deal — $740,000 in the difference in salaries between Hunter and Murray and $220,000 between the two draft picks.
The six-foot-two Hunter spent eight years with the Detroit Pistons, and was their first pick — 10th overall — in the 1993 draft. But he saw little time backing up Derek Fisher in his only season with the Lakers, averaging 5.8 points and 1.6 assists per game.
The Raptors had worked out numerous potential point guards over the past
few weeks, looking for a backup to starter Alvin Williams.
There’s also uncertainty over veteran Toronto guards Dell Curry and Chris Childs, who become free agents on July I. And the Raptors would like to hang on to forward Keon Clark, who is also a free agent this summer, and has garnered plenty of interest around the league.
The six-foot-eight Jefferies, an early entry in the draft, was second on Fresno State in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game. But he played just 21 games in his junior — and last — year, tearing the cartilage in his knee and missing the
remainder of the season.
Murray, known for his perimeter shooting, saw little time in Toronto, averaging five minutes and 5.7 points a game last season.
He missed the last 27 games of the season with back and hips problems, undergoing hip surgery in early April. Murray’s contract has him earning $3.74 million this year compared to $3 million for Hunter.
The fact Rush was still available at No. 20 was a surprise.
The six-foot-six, 215-pounder, an early entry in the draft, is an excellent shooter and was projected to go much
higher. He didn’t work out for the Raptors because of conflicts in his travel schedule.
Rush, 21, averaged 19.8 points per game to lead the Tigers, earning first team Big 12 honours in his junior season.
Toronto traded its 15th pick overall to Houston last August in the deal that brought 18-year Rocket centre Hakeem Olajuwon to Toronto.
Toronto acquired the 20th pick from New York (it was originally Seattle’s) on Feb. 22, 2001 when they traded point guards Mark Jackson and Muggsy Bogues for Childs.
Rob Henderson is a Sun sports writer. He can be reached by phone at 571-7386 or by e-mail at [email protected]
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Darryl Kile’s wife Flynn and twin children Shannon and Sierra at Busch Stadium yesterday.
Walker attends service to honour life of Rile
By R.B. FALLSTROM
ST. LOUIS — For the second time in six days, Busch Stadium was a place of mourning as former teammates paid their respects to Darryl Kile.
Dozens of baseball players who have been gneving for Kile in ballparks across the country got the chance to say goodbye together in an hour-long memorial service attended by 5,000 fans yesterday. Among the speakers were retired pitcher Doug Drabek, Rockies pitcher Pete Harnisch and Cardinals teammates Dave Veres, Woody Williams and Mike Matheny.
The Rockies and Astros, the other two teams Kile played for, sent large contingents of players with Larry Walker of Maple Ridge, B.C., Jeff Bagwell, Mike Hampton and Craig Biggio among those attending. So did the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as the Milwaukee Brewers, who were in town for a three-game series.
“We cannot possibly understand why we are here today,” Williams said. “Thank you, Lord, for the time we had with Darryl. What a good man he was.”
Kile, 33, died Saturday in his Chicago hotel bed of a heart attack caused by blocked arteries.
Many players took redeye charter flights for the service and planned to catch return flights in time for their games. Several sat with family under tents in the infield, with dozens more lining the first few rows of the box seats.
Kile’s wife, Flynn, and five-year-old twins, Kannon and Sierra, sat in the front row in the tents. Flynn had her arms around her kids throughout most of the service.
“Baseball, more than people would like to think, is a family,” Diamondbacks pitcher Curt Schilling said after the service. “Unfortunately, the only time you hear about a DK is when something tragic happens.
“He was a fantastic human being, a great father, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Unlike a memorial service for longtime Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck at the stadium last Thursday, there was no casket on the field for the tribute to Kile. This time the focal point was a podium on the pitcher’s mound where Kile made his living.
Harnisch, who had known Kile since 1991, recalled Kile’s no-hitter in 1993 with the Astros as a highlight of both of their careers.
“I can remember it as if it was yesterday,” Harnisch said. “I’ve never wanted something for someone so much. I told him then and I tell you now, it was my greatest thrill in the game.”
Drabek, who like Harnisch pitched with Kile on the Astros in the 1990s, also spoke of Kile’s clubhouse leadership.
“I was an only child, so growing up I figured I’d never have a brother and sister,” Drabek said. “How so wrong I was.” ____________
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks have temporarily acquired the rights to winger Theo Fleury from the New York Rangers.
The Sharks said yesterday that they got the rights to Fleury as the future considerations in a minor NHL trade Sunday. The Sharks gave their sixth-round pick to the Rangers for a sixth-round pick in the 2003 draft.
Last season, Fleury had 63 points while battling personal and behavioural problems.
San Jose probably won’t have Fleury’s services for long, though. He will become an unrestricted free agent on Monday — but if Fleury signs with another team, the Sharks would be entitled to a compensatory draft pick.
The Rangers traded his rights because they wouldn’t be eligible to receive the pick because their payroll is expected to go over the NHL’s threshold that allows teams to receive compensatory choices.
Despite his troubles during three seasons in New York, Fleury is considered one of the game’s top agitators and scorers. He scored more than 90 points four times during his first 11 NHL seasons with Calgary, and he won a gold medal with the Canadian Olympic hockey team last February.
The Sharks are expected to talk this week with Fleury’s agent, Don Baizley, about the possibility of signing him, but the team expects him to test the market.
The Sharks’ top priority is to re-sign right winger Teemu Selanne, who scored a team-high 29 goals last season but also becomes an unrestricted free agent on Monday.
— Associated Press
Hearts to Red Deer
RED DEER, Alta. — The 2004 Canadian women’s curling championship will be held at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Alta., the Canadian Curling Association announced yesterday.
The Scott Tournament of Hearts will return to Alberta for the first time since 1995 when it was hosted by Calgary. The event in Red Deer will be held from Feb. 21 to 29.
This year’s nationals were held in Brandon.
The 2003 Scott Tournament of Hearts will be staged in Kitchener, Ont.
— Canadian Press
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While the boys far outnumber the girls in most junior golf tournaments, one local group is trying to help balance the scales.
The Brandon Junior Girls Golf League is intent on giving girls a positive experience in the sport.
Rick Piche, a league committee member, said golf has many long-lasting benefits.
“It makes them some pretty good friendships,” said Piche. “It grooms really good behaviours, lots of self-esteem and selfconfidence.”
Piche points out there are also many educational opportunities for female golfers at American universities, while the sport is also expanding into Canadian schools, such as the University of Manitoba, as well.
The league has about 25 members separated into three groups based on ability.
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“Quite a few of the golfers, their parents were golfers but there are some whose parents aren’t really big into golf so it’s nice to see some diversity there.”
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The Shilo Golf and Country Club will host one of two qualifying events on Tuesday for the Manitoba Golf Association’s men’s amateur championship.
Seventy-five players will tee it up at Shilo, beginning at 8 a.m.
Another 96 golfers will play at a qualifying event at the South Interlake golf course in Warren.
The actual number of players from each qualifier that will make it into the Manitoba championship will be known later this week once the MGA learns how many exempt players will enter.
The Manitoba amateur men’s championship will be held July 16-19 at Rossmere and the Steinbach Fly-In club.
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The Canada Day long weekend is a quiet time for golf tournaments.
In fact, the Westman Amateur Tour is idle for a couple of weeks, with competition to resume July 12-14 at Boissevain.
Scott Davidson of Brandon leads the tour with 59.5 points while Rob Hall of Brandon is second at 45. Junior Brake’s victory at Deer Ridge on Sunday lifted the Boissevain golfer to third place with 43 points.
FREE DROPS — Brandon’s Dan Halldorson was to tee off this morning (6:15 a.m. CST) at the U.S. Senior Open in Owings Mills, Md. Halldorson is in a group with 1977 PGA Champion Lanny Wadkins and James Mason ... The tandem of Jamie Stone of Minnedosa and Harvey Ebner of Neepawa shot a 58 to win the Hamiota Two-man Texas scramble by eight strokes over Ken Lawn and Steven Knight ... The 14th annual Glenberry Desert Classic is set for Aug. 3-4 with shot-gun starts at 8 a.m., and 2 p.m., both days. The entry fee is $50, which includes 18 holes in Carberry and 18 in Glenboro. For more information, call Trent Leece at 827-2246 (work) or 827-2390 (home)... The Wallis Agencies 16th annual Mixed Two-ball Open will take place July 5 at Glenboro. The entry fee is $30 per team of two golfers, with shotgun starts at 9 a.m., I p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Pre-register by phoning Wallis Agencies at 827-2009 ... Tile Minnedosa Fun Fest tournament will be held July 14-16. The $30 entry fee includes a meal. For more information phone 867-3151 ... Lynne Howden of Brandon notched a hole-in-one at Northern Pines on Monday. Howden aced the par-three fourth hole ... Two aces have been recorded at Glen Lea this week. George McGregor aced the 226-yard par-three 15th hole with a 3-wood, while Ryan Calkin drained his wedge shot off the tee on the 98-yard par-three second hole.
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