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Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone head Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Pippen, Malone head Hall of Fame class

Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone and two of the best U.S. Olympic teams were selected Monday as part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's class of 2010. Malone and Pippen were both eligible for election for the first time.

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, high school coaching great Bob Hurley Sr., and WNBA star Cynthia Cooper also were in the class announced at the Final Four. NBA veterans Dennis Johnson, MVP of the 1979 Finals, and Gus Johnson, a five-time all-star with the Baltimore Bullets, and international star Maciel "Ubiratan" Pereira will be honored posthumously. The 1960 and 1992 U.S. Olympic teams, which both won Olympic gold medals, will be part of the induction ceremony on Aug. 13. . . .

Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has been fined $35,000 for criticizing game officials after the Lakers' 100-81 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. . . .

Dan Hurley was hired as Wagner's men's basketball coach. Hurley has spent the past nine years at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. . . .

Texas A&M Coach Mark Turgeon has agreed to a contract extension. . . .

Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut is scheduled to have surgery two days after he broke his right hand, sprained his wrist and dislocated his elbow in an ugly crash to the court in Saturday night's victory over the Phoenix Suns. . . .

The Los Angeles Sparks will host the Seattle Storm in the WNBA's second outdoor game. The Sparks said that the night game will be played in the Home Depot Center's tennis stadium, which has a capacity of 8,000.

PRO FOOTBALL

The St. Louis Rams released quarterback Marc Bulger, the team announced. The move had been expected. The Rams signed free agent quarterback A.J. Feeley earlier in the offseason. They have the top overall selection in the NFL draft and might use it to choose Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. Bulger spent nine seasons with the Rams and threw for 22,814 yards and 122 touchdowns.

-- Mark Maske


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