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    July 30, 2004 wire reports

    NEW YORK -- New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi has been diagnosed with a benign tumor, but is expected to return to the team later this season after undergoing treatment.


    The Yankees announced Friday night that Giambi was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will be treated immediately. The team, citing privacy issues, declined to divulge where the tumor is or what type of treatment Giambi will undergo.

    Yankees manager Joe Torre said he didn't believe surgery would be necessary.

    General manager Brian Cashman said: "I think the next few days, he'll be treated and we'll see how he's feeling. He has to get his strength back and then we'll take it from there."

    Giambi, a former AL MVP, is batting only .221 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI. He's been feeling fatigued virtually all season, and was diagnosed with a parasite on June 29.

    It is unclear how much time Jason Giambi will miss with a benign tumor.(Getty Images)
    He tried to play through it, but began to feel increasingly weaker. Giambi underwent a battery of tests earlier this week to determine what has ailed him.

    "The testing has not revealed the presence of any infectious disease," team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon said in a statement. "The Yankees expect that, with appropriate treatment, he will rejoin the team as soon as possible."

    Cashman said he spoke to Giambi on Friday, and said the slugger is in good spirits.

    "He's obviously happy that he knows what's going on now," Cashman said.

    Cashman didn't have an immediate timetable for Giambi to return to the team.

    "I don't expect him here this weekend, and we'll take it day to day," he said.

    In a statement released by the team, Giambi expressed relief in finally finding out what had been making him feel so ill.

    "I am relieved that they found something that is treatable and I look forward to getting well, coming back strong and helping the Yankees win," he said.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    Northwestern coach hospitalized with heart inflammation
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    Oct. 26, 2004 wire reports

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern Wildcats coach Randy Walker has an inflammation of the heart muscle and was hospitalized for a second day Tuesday. He could be released as early as Wednesday.

    "I'm doing much better than I was 24 hours ago," Walker said Tuesday. "I was in a lot of pain initially, but for the most part, that has completely subsided. Yesterday afternoon was definitely a little shaky."

    Walker checked himself into Evanston Northwestern Hospital on Monday after experiencing chest pains before his weekly news conference. Tests showed the 50-year-old's heart is fine, but they also revealed the inflammation, known as myocarditis.

    Doctors are still trying to determine what caused the disease, school spokesman Mike Wolf said. Myocarditis is not a common ailment, and it's usually caused by a virus. According to the American Heart Association, treatment can include anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics.

    Northwestern (3-4, 2-2 Big Ten) hosts No. 17 Purdue on Saturday, and Walker said he doesn't know yet if he'll be on the sidelines. He knows he will have to limit his activity somewhat, but doctors haven't said how much.

    Walker said the team's game plan for Purdue was already in place when he was hospitalized. Jerry Brown, Northwestern's assistant head coach, has taken over most of the administrative duties in Walker's absence, while coordinators Mike Dunbar (offense) and Greg Colby (defense) are handling things on-field.

    "Needless to say, I'm anxious to get back to coaching football," Walker said. "I understand the importance of preparing a football team for a game each week, but I also value my health and well-being. I have a strong feeling that my wife, Tammy, will make sure I'm following the doctors' orders."

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -10-27-2004, 11:20 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Violent behavior behind me, says new Ole Miss coach
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 17, 2004 wire reports

    OXFORD, Miss. -- New Mississippi coach Ed Orgeron was charged with repeated domestic violence more than a decade ago when he was an assistant at Miami, according to records obtained Friday by the Associated Press.


    Background checks were conducted on Orgeron and other candidates, chancellor Robert Khayat said at a news conference introducing Orgeron as the Rebels' coach. Athletic director Pete Boone said school officials are aware of the coach's history.

    "Many years ago coach Orgeron had a very unpleasant experience that involved behavior he is not proud of," Khayat said at Thursday's news conference. "Pete Boone, the athletics committee and I are totally comfortable and confident that coach Orgeron is going to provide the kind of role model that we want for our program."

    Orgeron, hired this week to replace David Cutcliffe at Ole Miss, had a restraining order filed against him by a Dade County, Fla., woman who accused him of repeated violence 13 years ago, said Robert Keen, a supervisor with the Dade County clerk's office.

    The charge of repeat violence was filed on April 10, 1991, and a restraining order was filed the next month, records show. Keen told the AP that records also show Orgeron did not violate that order.

    Ed Orgeron says his past mistakes are 'no longer part of my daily living.' (AP)
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    "All I'm going to say is this: I'm completely comfortable with the steps I've taken to correct the mistakes in my life, and they're no longer part of my daily living," Orgeron said Thursday in Oxford.

    Orgeron also was involved in a 1992 incident in which he reportedly head-butted the manager of a nightclub in Baton Rouge, La., several newspapers reported.

    Felony second-degree battery charges were dropped when the manager settled out of court, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

    Orgeron was fired at Miami after that incident. He spent a year away from football before resuming his coaching career in 1994 at Nicholls State.

    Orgeron met his wife, Kelly, in 1996. The couple has three children.

    Khayat's secretary said he was out of town Friday, and Boone did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -12-18-2004, 01:48 PM
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    Holtz isn't worried about future just yet
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 15, 2004 wire reports

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- What's Lou Holtz going to do next? Depends if the White House calls.


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    "This is not a good time to talk about it, it really isn't," Holtz said. "It's just not a good time."

    Holtz said all his focus and energy is on helping the Game****s (6-4) beat Clemson (5-5) and not on what's ahead.

    Speculation of Holtz's future has come up about this time in each of his six years at South Carolina. He has generally waited until after the season to give a thumbs up to supporters.

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    Holtz has said he was tired and worn out from the season. He continually makes references to "whoever is the coach next year" when questioned about his future. Complicating matters are reports this month that a school representative talked to former Florida coach Steve Spurrier about returning to college football.

    And just when Holtz sounds as good as gone, he'll throw out a line like, "Don't bury me yet," or "There's no opening at South Carolina."

    Holtz is signed through 2008. However, a clause in his deal lets him or the university get out of the agreement with five days notice.

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    South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee has steadily refused to talk about Holtz's return.

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    Sept. 27, 2004 wire reports

    SEATTLE -- Washington coach Keith Gilbertson said Monday redshirt freshman Carl Bonnell will be the starting quarterback when the Huskies visit Stanford next weekend.


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    "I wanted to get this done now because I have the time to do it," he said Wednesday. "I'll have time to properly rehab it and I'll do all that is necessary to get better."

    Leinart said the tendinitis never affected his performance as he led USC to its second straight consecutive championship. Leinart threw five touchdown passes against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl earlier this month.

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    The Associated Press News Service

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    -01-20-2005, 08:10 AM