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January 7, 1992

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ When Derrick Coleman failed to keep a doctor’s appointment Sunday and missed a shoot-around a day later, New Jersey Nets coach Bill Fitch didn’t let him get away with it.

Coleman, who reinjured his left ankle Saturday in a 140-96 loss at Chicago, was not in uniform for the Nets’ 105-90 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday and was ordered to have X-rays taken during the game.

″He was a bad boy and he got spanked,″ Fitch said. ″That’s the way we handled it. With a player of his value he has to keep his appointments with the doctor. I don’t deal with excuses unless there’s a death in the family.″

Coleman was not available for comment after the game. The Nets reported that X-rays were negative and that he was expected to practice today and play Wednesday night against Minnesota.


RUSTON, La. (AP) - Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone and four others will be inducted Feb. 14 into the Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame, bringing membership to 47 since it was formed in 1984.

Malone led Louisiana Tech to its best season ever in 1984-85 when the Bulldogs went 29-3, captured a conference title and won two NCAA playoff games before losing in overtime to Oklahoma in the Midwest Regionals.

The ″Mailman″ gave up his final year of eligibility, entered the 1985 NBA draft and was selected by Utah in the first round.

Other inductees are Dr. F. Jay Taylor, the school’s president from 1962 to 1987; Kim Mulkey-Robinson, an All-America basketball guard and 1984 Olympic gold medalist; S.X. ″Zurk″ Lewis, a three-sport letterman in the 1930s and a dean from 1938 to 1979, and retired Brig. Gen. W.L. Mitchell, another three- sport letterman in the 1930s and early 1940s.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Giant Victory, named after New York Giants’ 1987 Super Bowl victory, was named 1991 Trotter of the Year and 3-year-old Colt Trotter of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association and the North American Harness Racing Secretaries.

″I thought we would win, but this overwhelming victory is unbelievable, just like the Giants’ Super Bowl win over Denver,″ said Steve Robins, who along with father Stan, owns Robins Racing Stable. ″Unfortunately, the Giants didn’t have as good a season as we did this time.″

Giant Victory won 9 of 20 starts last year, including the Hambletonian and the Breeders Crown, and was the only trotter with more than $1 million in earnings for the season with $1,130,488.

Owned by Robins Racing Stable and Theodore and Jacqueline Gewertz of Oradell, N.J., Giant Victory received 221 of 292 first-place votes in balloting conducted by the United States Trotting Association.

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