LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss has died at the age of 80. Buss had been hospitalized for cancer, but the immediate cause of death was kidney failure, according to his assistant, Bob Steiner. Buss purchased the Lakers in 1979 and saw the team win 10 NBA championships and reach the finals 16 times.
UNDATED (AP) – Indiana retains the top spot in the AP basketball poll, picking up 43 of 65 first-place votes. Miami moves up a notch to No. 2 with 20 first-place votes and Gonzaga jumps from five to three with the other two first-place votes. Michigan State leapfrogs four spots to No. 4 and Florida moves up two to No. 5.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – California coach Mike Montgomery has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 for shoving one of his own players in the chest during a game. Montgomery will not be suspended by the conference but has received an undisclosed punishment. The confrontation happened in Cal’s 76-68 win over Southern California Sunday night when Montgomery yelled at star guard Allen Crabbe for nonchalant play and then shoved him in the chest with both hands.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – University of Miami President Donna Shalala (shah-LAY’-lah) has lashed out at the NCAA, insisting that its long probe of the Hurricanes not only come to a swift end but result in no other penalties against the athletic department. Shalala called the investigation “unprofessional and unethical” after the NCAA said today it was pressing on with the case against Miami despite several missteps. The NCAA has replaced its enforcement department and has thrown out all ill-gotten information gleaned from two depositions that could have been very damaging for the Hurricanes.
NEW YORK (AP) – Reliever Darren O’Day completed a $5.8 million, two-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles today, becoming the 133rd and final player to settle without a hearing among the 133 who filed for arbitration Jan. 13. This is the first year since arbitration began in 1974 that no player who filed went to a hearing. Baseball’s previous record low was three hearings.