Olajuwon is released from hospitalHakeem Olajuwon was...


Olajuwon is released from hospital

Hakeem Olajuwon was released from a Houston hospital yesterday after spending four days undergoing tests for an irregular heartbeat, and he felt strong enough to question why the Houston Rockets put him on the injured list.

"I guess I'll have time to plant my winter flowers, then I'll be ready to play again," Olajuwon said jokingly. "I wondered why they put me on injured reserve. I'm ready to play. I think the doctors are just being cautious."

"We have no reason to believe that anything untoward will occur and that he should be able to go back to action," associate team physician Dr. Frank Lanza said.

* San Antonio Spurs players are at odds with owner Red McCombs, who they say isn't committed to winning because he regularly refuses to charter planes for the team's out-of-town trips.

The dispute, which has simmered since last season, intensified with the publication in San Antonio newspapers of an "open letter" from center David Robinson to McCombs.

"I'm finally fed up," the letter said. "I tried talking to you in a civilized manner, but obviously you didn't respect that because nothing has been done."


Canada's Grant Connell, and the doubles team of Pat Cash and David Pate, won in straight sets in the first day of the South African Open in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Connell, seeded seventh, defeated unseeded Marc Goellner of Germany, 6-1, 7-5.

In doubles, Cash of Australia and Pate of the United States, beat South Africans Marcos Andruska and Grant Stafford, 6-3, 6-3.


Commissioner Fay Vincent, deputy commissioner Stephen Greenberg and management lawyer Louis Melendez testified for hours at Otis Nixon's grievance hearing.

Vincent suspended the outfielder for 60 days on Sept. 16 after Nixon testing positive for cocaine. Nixon is attempting to reduce his suspension to time served, which is 42 days.

Cross country

Jenny Howard, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin who ran for Fallston High, finished 36th in the NCAA cross country championships yesterday in Tucson, Ariz. Howard finished in 17 minutes, 32.3 seconds and was the top runner for Wisconsin, which tied for sixth place.

Sonia O'Sullivan won her second straight individual title as heavily favored Villanova took its third straight women's crown. Arkansas captured its second straight men's championship.


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