Now we will find out exactly how valuable Michael Jordan was. . . .
Without him, the highest they probably will finish this season is third in the Central Division. . . .
He says he has run out of challenges, but next year he will be able to accept the challenge of lifting the Bulls back into championship contention. . . .
Jordan joins Magic Johnson, Sandy Koufax, Jim Brown and Rocky Marciano among the few prominent athletes who have announced their retirement during the prime of their careers. . . .
However, at 30, Jordan is the youngest of the NBA stars to retire. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was 42, Elgin Baylor 38, Julius Erving 37, Wilt Chamberlain 36, Rick Barry 36, Bill Russell 35, Larry Bird 35, Oscar Robertson 35, Jerry West 34 and Johnson 32. . . .
Of course, in this age of multimillion-dollar endorsements, Jordan can afford to leave the sport early. . . .
His love for the game showed when he said, "I've never had a job. I don't want one now." . . .
Moments before Jordan's announcement, KMPC played a Clipper commercial featuring him as part of a seven-game superstar package at the Sports Arena. . . .
For a while, I thought the Jordan news conference Wednesday morning would conflict with the last inning of Game 1 of the Toronto Blue Jay-Chicago White Sox series. . . .
Baseball should feel fortunate that the Jordan story overshadowed the 3-hour 38-minute American League playoff opener in which the winning team issued 10 walks. . . .
You might not like the designated-hitter rule, but it is the only reason Frank Thomas is able to play against the Blue Jays. . . .
The most sought-after free-agent pitcher will be right-hander Mark Portugal, who won his last 12 decisions for the Houston Astros. . . .
Anyone who says the San Francisco Giants choked doesn't know baseball. . . .
"Rudy" is a movie about Notre Dame football that even USC fans will enjoy. . . .
Last week's bye couldn't have come at a better time for Brigham Young, which faces UCLA Saturday night at the Rose Bowl and Notre Dame next week at Provo. . . .
This is homecoming week for USC Coach John Robinson, who played at Oregon and spent 12 seasons there as an assistant coach. . . .
The Trojans have given up 56 points in second quarters and 44 in the other three quarters combined. . . .
Ronnie Lott, who returns to face the Raiders on Sunday, quickly has become the leader of the New York Jets' defense. . . .
The Green Bay Packers are trying to trade holdout outside linebacker Tony Bennett, who probably would bring a first-round draft choice. . . .
Genaro Hernandez's defense of his World Boxing Assn. junior-lightweight title against Harold Warren on Monday will be the 40th world championship fight at the Forum in the last 53 months. . . .
There is still talk of a Hernandez-Oscar De La Hoya bout, but Hernandez, unlike De La Hoya, has little trouble making the 130-pound limit and has considered dropping down to 126 and challenging for the featherweight title. . . .
Thomas Hearns, who begins his latest comeback Nov. 6 on the Riddick Bowe-Evander Holyfield card, has rejoined the stable of his original manager, Emanuel Steward. . . .
Former Pasadena sportswriter Paul Allen, 26, will become one of the youngest track announcers ever in California when he begins calling the races at Bay Meadows today. . . .
It was nice to see Pittsburgh Penguin center-assistant coach Bryan Trottier win the first faceoff of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. . . .
A Sabres' advertisement in a Buffalo newspaper says: "Last year, Rob Ray spent 211 minutes in the penalty box. This year, he's gonna get tough." . . .
Congratulations to Ross and Lin Porter, who became grandparents for the first time when their daughter Rosalyn gave birth to Catherine Ann Schantz in Eureka on Monday. . . .
If you think Larry Johnson's $84-million, 12-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets is exorbitant, consider that Barbra Streisand will make as much as $20 million for two concerts at the MGM Grand. . . .