NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy, facing a trial on charges of sexually abusing five of his daughters more than 10 years ago, will not broadcast Houston Rockets games this season.
The Rockets have not ruled out Murphy returning as a broadcaster next season if he is cleared of all charges, Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis said yesterday. Murphy's trial is set for Nov. 4.
"No contract has been terminated," Luis said. "He's on paid indefinite leave for the rest of this season pending the outcome of his trial."
Murphy, who has 14 children by nine women, was on leave from his TV job after the charges initially were made March 29.
Murphy, 55, was indicted July 1 and named in six counts -- three of aggravated sexual assault and three of indecency with a child. He remains free on $20,000 bond and has insisted he is innocent, contending the allegations stem from a family dispute over money.
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Four college football games set for Florida this weekend were postponed or had their start times moved as Hurricane Jeanne threatened the state's east coast.
Florida moved its Southeastern Conference game against Kentucky in Gainesville to 11:30 a.m. today. The game had been scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Bethune-Cookman moved up its kickoff time three hours to 10 a.m. for today's home opener against Norfolk State. Florida Atlantic and Florida International postponed their home openers, originally scheduled for today.
* CYCLING: Lance Armstrong's management agency said it provided clean drug test results more than a month ago to a company withholding a $5 million bonus owed Armstrong for winning a record sixth straight Tour de France.
* LEGISLATION: President Bush signed a law establishing tougher penalties for unethical sports agents.
The bill stiffens penalties for agents who lure student-athletes into contracts that compromise their amateur status and damage the reputations of their schools.
* BOXING: Washington 115-pounder Mark Johnson (44-3) will put his WBO super flyweight title on the line tonight against Ivan Hernandez in a scheduled 12-round bout at FedEx Forum in Memphis. The fight is the co-featured event on a card headlined by Roy Jones Jr., who will fight IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson. . . .
Laila Ali, daughter of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, won the International Women's Boxing Federation light heavyweight championship by knocking out Gwendolyn O'Neil at 1 minute 59 seconds of the third round.
Ali knocked O'Neil down twice in the second round, each time with a right hand to the chin, as the crowd in Atlanta estimated at 6,000 chanted "Ali, Ali, Ali" for the 26-year old, who improved to 19-0 with 16 KOs.
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