Sources close to the Pittsburgh Penguins say Mario Lemieux probably will tell Penguin owner Howard Baldwin on Wednesday or Thursday that he isn’t healthy enough to start the new season.
Baldwin said Lemieux, who is visiting Scotland, hasn’t made a final decision. The Penguins declined comment until after the meeting, scheduled “very shortly.”
The worst of the likely scenarios: Lemieux retires. The best: He takes more time off to get healthy and returns to the NHL after January.
The third choice is that Lemieux sits out an entire season.
Florida Panther President Bill Torrey gladly gave up his duties as general manager and selected former Detroit Red Wing general manager Bryan Murray to fill the vacancy.
Torrey assumed dual roles after Bobby Clarke resigned in May to join the Philadelphia Flyers. Torrey said he decided to bring in a new general manager after consulting with Panther owner H. Wayne Huizenga.
Prosecutors and the lawyer for a man accused of firing the shot that struck and wounded golfer Kim Williams said they want to be sure the bullet was a 9mm round.
The uncertainty arose because the bullet that struck Williams as she walked in a store parking lot lodged in one of her ribs and was never removed.
A pretrial hearing for Gary Swaney, 35, of Howland, Ohio, was delayed for a week while the lawyers await the results of tests by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.
Former Texas Tech assistant basketball coach Phil Wallace has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the school and Coach James Dickey.
Dickey called the complaint “totally false” and “without merit.”