A few things to know about Briana Scurry: She doesn't feel overlooked or a victim of racism. What's more, soccer is not her best sport. And she's thinking of playing in the WNBA.
The U.S. goalkeeper says she's gotten all the attention she wants since her stellar performance helped send her country to the Women's World Cup title.
She has heard complaints that she did not get enough credit for her shutout last weekend in which her key save during penalty kicks helped the United States defeat China.
"I know some people are saying the camera wasn't on me enough during the game," she said in the NBC dressing room Thursday before her appearance on 'The Tonight Show.' "But I watched a tape today, and I had the camera on me tons. Goalies never get too much notice on highly offensive teams."
Scurry grew up the youngest of nine children in Dayton, Minn., 20 miles outside Minneapolis. She was the only black starter on the team and disagrees with those who contend she was overlooked because of her race.
And that includes her mother. Robbie Scurry on Wednesday said her daughter has been kept from the limelight because she is black.
"My mom is a little biased in that sense," said Scurry, who has signed an endorsement deal with Pepsi. "She probably never thinks I get enough attention."
The 27-year-old goalie also said she has an idea for her next career--the WNBA.
Scurry was an all-state basketball player in high school but played soccer at the University of Massachusetts.
"I hope to change my focus in sports because basketball is the sport I love more than anything else," she said.
Recker Leaves Hospital
Former Indiana basketball star Luke Recker, who recently transfered to Arizona, was released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis yesterday after undergoing surgery on his left wrist, which was injured in a car accident in Colorado Saturday. . . .
The Internal Revenue Service has told the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association that a large portion of donations to colleges and universities, prompting such benefits as seating in luxury suites in university athletic venues, is eligible for a tax deduction as a charitable contribution.
In a "General Information Letter," the IRS said any donor is eligible for an 80 percent deduction on a gift after the value of the tickets and/or lease and parking is deducted "whether the seating is located in a suite, skybox or other special viewing area."
NFL Suspends Little
St. Louis Rams linebacker Leonard Little, who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the drunk-driving wreck that killed a woman, was suspended without pay by the NFL for the first eight games of the 1999 season. Little faces 90 days of jail time during the next year as part of his plea agreement in the death of Susan Gutweiler, 47, of Oakville, Mo., last October.
Winter in L.A.
Bulls assistant Tex Winter quit to join Phil Jackson's staff with the Los Angeles Lakers. Winter is the third member of Jackson's former staff to be reunited with him--assistants Frank Hamblen and Jim Cleamons were the other two.
Dafoe to Continue Talks
Boston Bruins goalie Byron Dafoe did not file for arbitration by the deadline and will continue negotiations for a new contract.
Two other Bruins, forward Dmitri Khristich and defenseman Darren Van Impe, did file for arbitration by last night's midnight deadline. All three players are restricted free agents, meaning the Bruins have the right to match any contract offer they receive.
CAPTION: Goalkeeper Briana Scurry has kept busy since the Women's World Cup, and is considering career in WNBA.