NEW YORK (AP) _ When Mike Fratello quit as Atlanta Hawks coach last April 23, he said it was time for ″a new song and dance, and take my routine elsewhere.″ On Sunday, his song and dance landed at NBC Sports.
Fratello will take the NBA analyst’s job that Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly turned down in favor of trying to win a third straight NBA title.
NBC said Fratello had signed a multiyear contract at an undisclosed sum to join Marv Albert and Bob Costas in the broadcast booth. Pat Riley, who left the Los Angeles Lakers coaching job last month, is NBC’s studio host.
Fratello’s previous television experience includes pregame and halftime analysis for TBS in its playoff coverage this year and a stint with Sports News Network doing NBA playoffs. His first television experience was in 1986 as the basketball analyst at the Goodwill Games in Moscow.
Fratello spent seven seasons with the Hawks but quit after a 41-41 season that saw Atlanta fail to make the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. He had a 323-251 record as Atlanta’s head coach.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) - A game at the Americas Zone Junior Men’s Basketball Championship was rained out. Yes, rained out.
Puerto Rico led Canada 17-9 with just over six minutes gone Sunday when water cascaded to the floor of the Cilindro Municipal Stadium. The drainage system had sprung three major leaks and couldn’t handle the runoff from a torrential rainstorm.
Play was suspended and tournament organizers said the game would resume Tuesday night.
″Anything that could possibly happen to us to make us tougher in preparation for next year has happened,″ said Canada head coach Ken Olynyk in a phone interview with the Lethbridge Herald.
The Cilindro stadium underwent a $3 million renovation for the 1988 pre- Olympic qualifying tournament, but a new drainage system was not installed and water collects on the concave stadium roof.
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The top-seeded team of Jackie Silva of Brazil and Karolyn Kirby of San Diego won the $25,000 PCH-John Shaw Open women’s pro beach volleyball tournament.
Silva and Kirby beat the team Linda Hanley of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Linda Carrillo of Van Nuys, Calif., 7-2 in a sudden death finale Sunday after Hanley and Carrillo had beaten them 15-13 to force the sudden death.
Silva and Kirby split $6,000 while Hanley and Carrillo divided $4,500.
The team of Lisa Strand of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Janice Opalinski of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., finished third and split $3,250.
The two-day tournament was played near the Manhattan Beach pier.
KITCHENER, Ont. (AP) - Canada outscored Mexico 4-2 in a penalty-kick shootout to capture the inaugural Gillette Cup under-16 international soccer tournament.
″There’s never any time, in any coach’s mind, when you want to sit back and rely on penalty kicks that way,″ Canadian coach Bert Goldberger said Sunday.
Stuck in a scoreless tie after 80 minutes of regulation time and a 20- minute overtime period, each side selected five shooters to decide a champion from the penalty spot.
Canadian keeper Dominic Barbiero stopped Mexico’s first two penalty kicks, blanking Hector Martinez and Eduardo Colin with diving saves.
Sam San, Fabio Leo, Marco Tremarco and Brian Ashton scored for Canada during the shootout, while Floriberto Balderas and Mauricio Caballero scored for Mexico.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lea Loveless won two events as the three-day Los Angeles Invitational Swim Meet at the McDonald’s Olympic Stadium at Southern Cal came to an end.
Loveless won the women’s 100-meter backstroke in 1:03.83 and the women’s 200-meter individual medley in 2:21.71.
Winners of other women’s events Sunday were Kelli King, who captured the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:13.65; April Diez, won the the 1,500-meter freestyle in 16:53.20, and the Hillside A team, which won the 400-meter medley relay in 4:36.39.
Winners of the men’s events Sunday were Brian Pajer, who won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.03; Robert Bruce, who won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:07.24; Eduardo Piccinini, who won the 100-meter butterfly in 55.98 seconds; Martin Hewes, who won the 100-meter backstroke in 57.90 seconds, and the Kobon A team of Brazil, which won the 400-meter medley relay in 3:54.58.
There were no meet records set in the 19th annual meet.