Iverson day-to-day with thumb sprain
PHILADELPHIA — After five weeks of injury woes, the Philadelphia 76ers got some good news Thursday about Allen Iverson .
A magnetic resonance imaging exam showed that Iverson’s right thumb, feared broken in a 101-99 overtime win Wednesday night over the Los Angeles Clippers, is only sprained. He’s listed as day-to-day, meaning he could play tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“You can’t predict anything,” 76ers coach Larry Brown said. “Whatever happens, you’ve just got to move on. That’s why you have a team.”
They forfeited the victories, ordered the championship banners taken down and can’t play in the postseason.
The Michigan Wolverines, who became one of college basketball’s most successful programs during the “Fab Five” days of the 1990s, endured what the school’s president called a “day of great shame” Thursday.
The university punished its men’s basketball program after a federal investigation revealed that former booster Ed Martin had given a total of $616,000 to Chris Webber and three other ex-Michigan players.
Michigan announced it would prohibit the team from playing in either the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitation Tournament after the upcoming season. The team also will forfeit victories from five seasons, as well the 1992 Final Four appearance.
The impact of the sanctions isn’t limited to paper programs and media guides, which no longer will mention the names of Webber, Robert Traylor, Maurice Taylor or Louis Bullock. Fans will notice immediately, because four banners will be taken down at Crisler Arena: for the 1992 and 1993 Final Fours, the 1997 NIT title and the 1998 Big Ten tournament title.
Michigan also said it would return to the NCAA $450,000 — money it earned for appearing in the postseason — and go on probation for two years.
“There is no excuse for what happened. It was wrong — plain and simple,” university president Mary Sue Coleman said. “This is a day of great shame.”
The school announced the penalties in a letter to the NCAA yesterday, after it received a formal letter of inquiry from the NCAA on Oct. 29. By imposing the sanctions, Michigan hopes to head off more severe action by the NCAA.
“We will now ask to get on the schedule for a hearing with the infractions committee as soon as possible,” Michigan athletic director Bill Martin said “We hope it will be very soon.”
Michigan hopes to meet with the NCAA in December, but it may have to wait until February. Six-to-eight weeks later, the school will find out whether the NCAA accepts the self-imposed sanctions or will add more.
Webber could not be reached for comment Thursday because his NBA team, the Sacramento Kings, had the day off after returning from a four-game road trip.
Last season, the Wolverines went just 11-18 and 5-11 in the Big Ten under first-year coach Tommy Amaker. He will have two years added to the five-year contract he signed last year, because of the two-year probation.
McKeesport native Scott Seabol, a former New York Yankees prospect, signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Seabol played with the New York Yankees’ Class AAA affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, last year. A versatile player, Seabol batted .259 for the Clippers and saw action at first base, second base, third base, shortstop and the outfield.
Seabol made a brief appearance with the Yankees in 2001 and had one at-bat.
Light heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. will move up to heavyweight to fight WBA champion John Ruiz in March, while Evander Holyfield will meet Chris Byrd next month, promoter Don King announced yesterday.
Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick agreed to a new $2.5 million, five-year contract yesterday.
Washington Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig was activated for last night’s game against Florida after missing five games with an injured hand.
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