Two Tennessee high school basketball stars have been banned from playing in the upcoming season for participating in a Nike-sponsored all-star camp last month.
Ron Mercer, a 6-foot-7 junior from Goodpasture High in Nashville, and Lorenzen Wright, a 6-11 senior at Memphis' Booker T. Washington High, had their eligibility suspended for one year by the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Assn.
Guard Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers is expected to sit out half of the exhibition season because of a sprained left ankle.
Miller, the NBA's active leader in consecutive regular-season starts (339), probably will be ready for the Nov. 5 season opener at Atlanta.
The Sacramento Kings have signed free-agent center Randy Breuer and draft picks Evers Burns and Mike Peplowski.
Burns, a 6-9 forward from Maryland, and Peplowski, a 6-10 center-forward from Michigan State, were believed to have signed for $150,000. The terms of Breuer's deal weren't disclosed.
The Golden State Warriors have signed second-round draft choice Josh Grant, a 6-10 forward from Utah. No terms were disclosed.
Forward Alaa Abdelnaby of the Boston Celtics will be sidelined for three months after undergoing back surgery.
Point guard Prentiss Perkins of Washington was suspended indefinitely for his part in a police run-in that led to the suspension of the football team's leading receiver, the school said.
Coach Bob Bender's decision means Perkins, 21, won't be allowed to participate in team conditioning exercises, sports information director Jim Daves said.
The basketball team does not start actual practice until Nov. 1.
Perkins and football player Jason Shelley, 19, were arrested Sunday and booked into King County Jail for obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor.
Perkins, from Minneapolis, was released on his own recognizance. He was the starting point guard on the Huskies' 13-14 team as a junior last season, averaging 10.4 points.
An arbitrator awarded Ray Bourque slightly more than the Boston Bruins offered to pay him Tuesday night, ending the club's threat to trade the star defenseman.
The decision gave Bourque a contract of $2.25 million a year for two years. The Bruins submitted a figure believed to be in the range of $1.85 million to just over $2 million. Bourque's request reportedly was between $4 million and $4.5 million.
Arbitrator Richard Bloch's decision gave Bourque a two-year deal worth $2.25 million a year. The Bruins submitted a figure believed to be in the range of $1.85 million to slightly more than $2 million. Bourque's request reportedly was more than $4 million.
Thomas Hearns will fight former Olympic gold medalist Andrew Maynard in a cruiserweight bout on the undercard of the Riddick Bowe-Evander Holyfield bout Nov. 6 at Las Vegas.
Names in the News
Dave Schmidt, who pitched in the major leagues for 10 years, was named a volunteer assistant baseball coach at UCLA.. . . Tim Flannery, a former San Diego Padre infielder, was named manager of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Padres' California League affiliate.