Lute Olson's doctor says the former Arizona basketball coach had a stroke within the past year and he advised him to retire. Olson, 74, above, announced his retirement last week, two days after appearing at media day. He said at the time he was "energized" and looking forward to his 25th season with the Wildcats. Dr. Steven Knope said Tuesday an MRI exam confirmed the stroke, which left Olson with severe depression and impaired judgment. Olson took a leave of absence last season for what he called a "medical condition that was not life-threatening."
Marion Jones tells tale to Winfrey
Disgraced track star Marion Jones will give her first post-prison interview to Oprah Winfrey. Jones, appearing on today's Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., Ch.8) was released Sept.5 from a Texas federal prison after completing most of her six-month sentence for lying about steroid use. Jones tells Winfrey that it wasn't difficult for her to return her three gold medals from the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She says "it's the memory that will be tarnished."
Doug Williams on HOF list of 133
Former Bucs quarterback and current personnel chief Doug Williams is among 133 names on the preliminary list for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2009. Selectors will whittle the list to 25 next month, then reduce that list to 15 for a final ballot. See profootball hof.com for a complete list.
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Cop all but names NBA's Thomas
New York's Newsday reported that David Hall, the police chief in Harrison, N.Y., gave an account of the 911 call made last week from Isiah Thomas' house. Hall refused to identify Thomas as the unconscious 47-year-old man taken to a hospital from Thomas' house on Friday. Thomas is 47. But Hall left little doubt whom he was speaking about when referring to the individual's Knicks contract. "The only thing I can say is maybe he has some stipulation in his contract," Hall said of Thomas' rationale for telling a New York Post reporter that the incident involved his 17-year-old daughter. "If he takes drugs or whatever they may not owe him the $18-million. I have no idea."
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I'm not sure I know how to read (a map). But if there's a trail marker, I'll be all right."
Lance Mackey, two-time defending Iditarod dog race champ, telling the Anchorage Daily News about getting around New York this month to appear on Late Night with Conan O'Brien