Auerbach Laid to Rest in Short, Private Ceremony

About 150 family, friends and special guests attended the private burial for Red Auerbach at the King David Memorial Gardens in Falls Church.
About 150 family, friends and special guests attended the private burial for Red Auerbach at the King David Memorial Gardens in Falls Church. (By Linda Davidson -- The Washington Post)
Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Red Auerbach was buried in a simple graveside ceremony yesterday in Falls Church, with Hall of Famers Bill Russell and John Thompson and NBA Commissioner David Stern among those paying last respects.

Mourners chanted Psalm 23 and stood in silence as Auerbach's casket was lowered, then chanted the mourner's kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead. Stern was among those who took part in the tradition of shoveling dirt onto the grave.

At the family's request, the ceremony at the King David Memorial Gardens was brief, lasting less than 10 minutes. Stern and Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin walked arm-in-arm as the mourners followed the casket from the hearse to the graveside.

· SOCCER: Bayern Munich, Liverpool, PSV Eindhoven and Valencia became the first teams to advance to the second round of the Champions League. Chelsea and FC Barcelona will have to wait after a 2-2 tie in Group A.

Chelsea has 10 points after four games and is nearly certain of advancing. Defending champion Barcelona has only five points in the group, two behind Werder Bremen, which beat Levski Sofia, 3-0. Bremen plays at Barcelona on Dec. 5 in a game that could determine which team advances. . . .

Ronnie Bouemboue scored twice late in the game as ninth-seeded North Carolina State defeated eighth-seeded Virginia Tech, 4-3, in the first round of the ACC men's soccer tournament at Maryland SoccerPlex. All seven goals were scored in the second half.

Patrick Nyarko had two goals and an assist for the Hokies (11-7-1).The Wolfpack (6-9-1) will face top-seeded Duke today at 2:30. In other games, No. 2 Wake Forest will play No. 7 North Carolina at noon; No. 3 Virginia will face No. 6 Clemson at 5:30; and No. 4 Maryland will take on No. 5 Boston College at 8.

· BASEBALL: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was hospitalized for the second time in three years after becoming ill while watching his granddaughter perform in a play on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Steinbrenner, 76, was taken by paramedics to UNC Hospitals on Sunday, the Daily Tar Heel reported. Steinbrenner was released Monday morning and returned to Tampa, spokesman Howard Rubenstein said. . . .

An agent for baseball players illegally smuggled Cuban players into the United States, eventually shipping them to California in hopes that they would be signed by major league teams, federal immigration officials said.

The agent, Gustavo "Gus" Dominguez , is charged with paying four aides to transport the athletes and other Cubans to the United States in two trips from the island nation. Dominguez, of California-based Total Sports International, has represented several Cuban baseball defectors, including Andy Morales , who was signed by the New York Yankees and later the Boston Red Sox after fleeing Cuba six years ago.

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