Jumper from the top of the key. Yes!
Drive to the left of the basket, pump fake and a soft shot off the glass. Swish!
Head fake, fadeaway, rimming--good.
Posts up, backs in, quick turnaround, deft release--nothing but net.
Hard drive to the basket, spin underneath along the baseline, reverse layup goes.
Yes, Michael Jordan, approaching 37, still has game.
A one-on-one session against Corey Benjamin at Berto Center in Chicago yesterday livened up an otherwise brooding Bulls team, losers of all four games this season.
Jordan made his first five shots against Benjamin in an animated game, opening a 10-3 lead. Slightly winded, he settled for an 11-9 victory.
"Playing half court and I'm worn out," Jordan said. "The good thing about it is he's more worn out than I am."
Jordan emphasized he was merely paying a visit to the Bulls, that he has no intention of ending his retirement and cautioned reporters not to read too much into his presence at the team's practice facility.
IOC Sets Drug Agency
The International Olympic Committee yesterday established the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to coordinate its anti-doping efforts and proposed that IOC Vice President Richard Pound head the agency.
The world anti-doping agency, which in the interim will be based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the headquarters of the IOC, will have a board with a maximum of 35 members. Twelve members, who represent the IOC, international sports federations and the IOC athletes' commission, have been named to the agency. The IOC said the agency will invite representatives of national governments, including Australia and the United States, to serve on the board. In Washington, national drug policy director Barry R. McCaffrey yesterday reiterated his concerns that the world anti-doping agency needs to be independent of the IOC.
Williams vs. Williams?
The possibilities of a repeat of this year's sensational U.S. Open semifinals, and for an all-Williams final, loom for next week's WTA Tour season finale after the pieces fell into place at the draw for the $2 million Chase Championships.
By virtue of being seeded third and fourth, Venus and Serena Williams are in opposite halves of the draw in the elite 16-player field and cannot meet before the final.
If form holds, Venus would have to face top seed and defending champion Martina Hingis in the semifinals, while Serena would again come up against second-seeded Lindsay Davenport, whom she vanquished on the way to her U.S. Open title. . . .
Jan-Michael Gambill, playing in the Swedish capital for the first time, upset second-seeded Tim Henman in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open. The unseeded American won, 7-5, 6-3, in a second-round match that lasted 77 minutes at Royal Tennis Hall. It was his biggest win since beating Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi en route to his first ATP Tour title in Scottsdale, Ariz., in March.
Nevada Plans Probe
A week after an International Boxing Federation official was indicted, state authorities outlined plans to probe the role of the IBF and other sanctioning organizations in Nevada's boxing industry.
Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa said an investigator from her office will help the state Athletic Commission in scrutinizing how people licensed by the commission--including boxers, managers and promoters--deal with the sanctioning groups. . . .
Laila Ali, the 21-year-old daughter of Muhammad Ali, stopped Shadina Pennybaker of Pittsburgh with three seconds left in their four-round bout before about 2,000 fans at the Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort in Chester, W. Va.
The bout lasted much longer than Ali's debut, when she knocked out April Fowler in 31 seconds on Oct. 8 in Verona, N.Y.
Brack to Drive Rahal Car
Indianapolis 500 champion Kenny Brack will drive next season on the CART circuit in a car owned by former 500 winner Bobby Rahal. Brack replaces Bryan Herta, whose contract was not renewed for next year.
"Everything he has touched, he's turned to gold," Rahal said of the 33-year-old Brack, who is leaving the Indy Racing League after three seasons.
The selection of Brack would seem to support speculation that Rahal and several CART team owners intend to return to the Indianapolis 500 next season. They have not competed at Indianapolis for four years because of a dispute with speedway president Tony George.
Honor for Pollin
Abe Pollin, owner of the Washington Wizards, will receive the 1999 Humanitarian Award at the Eighth Annual Greater Washington, D.C. Sports Hall of Fame Dinner of Champions, sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Pollin, also a 1992 award winner, will receive the award for his charitable and humanitarian endeavors. Seven people will be inducted to the Hall of Fame: D.C. United defender Jeff Agoos, top-ranked singles tennis player Paul Goldstein, baseball player Mark Heyison, Redskins announcer Phil Hochberg, Rochester Royals basketball player Larry "Tex" Silverman, former New York Yankee and Dodger Jim Wexler and tennis player Fulton Liss.
Ex-Redskins Player, Coach Dies
Dick Todd, who played for and coached the Washington Redskins, died Tuesday at a nursing home in Bryan, Tex. He was 85. Todd played at Texas A&M before the Redskins drafted him in 1939. He spent four seasons with the team as a running back until World War II intervened.
After a four-year stint with the Navy, Todd returned to play four more years with the Redskins. In 1949, he left to serve as backfield coach at Texas A&M. He became an assistant for the Redskins in 1951. After the team started 0-3 under Herman Ball, Todd took over as head coach and went 5-4. Curly Lambeau became coach in 1952.