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Sampras a U.S. Open

champion once more

NEW YORK (AP) – The tennis champ tossed his racket off the court, walked wearily into the stands and hugged his wife.

Whether Pete Sampras, husband and father to be, picks up his racket again is a mystery as deep as trying to solve his strong, spinning serve.

“I’m sure the next couple of weeks I’ll reflect on it and kind of see where I’m at,” he said, his mind still reeling from his amazing career revival with Sunday’s U.S. Open championship.

Andre Agassi didn’t have the luxury of time to figure out Sampras’ serve – or catch up to it if he did – when the two 30-something Americans thrilled a crowd that rooted for both.

The final cheers were for the once-dominant Sampras, who won his first championship in more than two years, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

June Jones says Jonathan Kauka is out for season

HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii running back Jonathan Kauka will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury he suffered Friday against Brigham Young, coach June Jones said Monday.

Kauka tore several ligaments in his right knee and will need reconstructive surgery, Dr. Jay Marumoto said.

“It was a freak hit on the outside of my leg and everything was caught underneath so my top half went right and my leg went left,” Kauka said. “I felt like it was serious when it happened, but I’m not trying to think about it too much and just trying to stay positive.”

Jones said Kauka is a big loss “from a leadership standpoint.”

“He’s the special teams leader and a lot of the success we’ve had is because of his concentration on his role there,” Jones said.

Kauka, a graduate of Waiakea High School on the Big Island, is in his senior season with the Warriors. He graduated from the university last month and plans to become a physical education teacher or football coach.

“I feel bad for him because he’s a senior and a walk-on who earned a scholarship and I feel bad that he won’t be able to finish it,” Jones said.

Kauka played 27 games on special teams in his career. Last season, he rushed three times for 5 yards. He also had two kickoff returns for 15 yards.

Willoughby named conference player of the week

HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii left side hitter Kim Willoughby was named the Western Athletic Conference women’s volleyball player of the week Monday.

The junior from Napoleanville, La., had 73 kills over the last three matches, including 38 kills against Washington on Saturday. It was Willoughby’s fifth career player of the week honors.

Meanwhile, the Rainbow Wahine moved up a spot to No. 3 in the USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I preseason poll released Monday.

Hawaii (6-0) received 1,483 points and four first-place votes.

Defending national champion Stanford remained as the top-ranked team followed by Southern California. The Cardinal had 1,617 points and 59 first-place votes.

Hawaii was followed by Nebraska, Long Beach State, Florida, Northern Iowa, Utah, Ohio State and Pepperdine.

Hawaii plays Cal Poly-San Luis Obisbo Friday and Saturday at home.

Wallace to be released from hospital on Wednesday

HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii basketball coach Riley Wallace is expected to be released from a Las Vegas hospital on Wednesday, university officials said Monday.

Wallace, 60, remains in the intensive care unit at University Medical Center in Las Vegas following brain surgery Friday.

Doctors are waiting for excess fluids to drain from his head, a hospital spokesman Rick Plummer said.

Wallace had two subdural hematomas on the left side of his brain removed during the two-hour procedure. A hematoma is the bleeding in the brain that produces pressure on the skull.

Wallace is entering his 16th season this year as the Rainbow Warriors coach.

Chris Webber indicted on charge of lying to grand jury

DETROIT (AP) – Sacramento Kings star Chris Webber was indicted Monday on charges he lied to a grand jury about his dealings with a University of Michigan basketball booster more than a decade ago.

Webber, who led Michigan’s “Fab Five” team to two NCAA title games, was charged with obstruction of justice and making a false declaration before a grand jury, FBI spokeswoman Dawn Clenney said.

Webber’s father, Mayce Webber, and his aunt, Charlene Johnson, were indicted on the same charges.

If convicted, each faces up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

The indictment contends that Webber, his father and aunt lied to the grand jury and conspired to conceal the cash, checks, clothing, jewelry and other benefits that booster Ed Martin gave the player and his family from 1988-93. All three testified in 2000.


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