Heat's Miner Gets New Life With Cavaliers

From Staff and Wire Reports

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired former USC and Miami Heat guard Harold Miner, who twice won the NBA slam-dunk title, along with the Heat's second-round selection in the NBA draft for the Cavaliers' second-round pick and future considerations.

The 6-foot-5 Miner, the 12th player taken in the 1992 draft, played three seasons for Miami, averaging 9.6 points in 181 games.

This season, Miner averaged 7.3 points and 19.4 minutes in 45 games.

"He feels like he needs a fresh start," Cavalier President Wayne Embry said. "Any time you don't play a lot and you are a player that wants to play, then I think you have a tendency to get down. He looks on this as a new lease on life."

The Heat also announced the signing of top European player Predrag Danilovic, 25, a 6-6 guard who led Buckler Bologna to a third straight Italian League championship this year.


The San Antonio Spurs have bought out Terry Cummings' contract, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Spurs also have reportedly left Willie Anderson unprotected on the expansion draft list.


One person was killed and two dozen were arrested overnight during celebrations marking the Houston Rockets' second-consecutive NBA championship.

Shawn Albert Bobb, 21, died after falling out of the back of a pickup truck as he and friends celebrated the victory, police spokesman Robert Hurst said.


Liselotte Neumann opened with a five-under-par 67 and took a one-stroke lead in the LPGA Rochester International at Rochester, N.Y. JoAnne Carner, a hall of famer who has not won since 1985, finished with a couple of birdies to join Nanci Bowen and Michele Redman in a three-way tie at 68 at Locust Hill Country Club.


Teen-age tennis prodigy Venus Williams was named to the U.S. Fed Cup squad by team captain Billie Jean King. Williams, who turns 15 Saturday, is the 14th player in a talent pool from which King will choose her four-player team for the World Group semifinals against France July 22-23 in Wilmington, N.C.

Sweden's top tennis player, Magnus Larsson, will miss Wimbledon after breaking his right leg in an exhibition match.

Auto Racing

Mario Andretti and teammates Bob Wollek and Eric Helary of France, for the second day in a row, had the best time trials for the 24-hours race at Le Mans, France. Their Courage Porsche C-34 was clocked in 3 minutes 48.76 seconds for the 8.45-mile circuit for an average of 133.016 m.p.h.


Three Michigan football players who pleaded guilty to credit-card fraud were each put on two years' probation and ordered to pay $1,047 in fines, costs and restitution.

Judge Karl V. Fink also ordered William Carr, Marcus Ray and Sam Sword to each perform 80 hours of community service or spend 10 days in the Washtenaw County jail's work program. The three had faced a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

Bob Probert of the Chicago Blackhawks has been sentenced to deferred adjudication after a Texas prosecution for resisting arrest and assault. That means his record will be expunged if he successfully completes his probation after pleading no contest on May 15.


National champion UCLA was ranked No. 1 in the final USA Today/National Softball Coaches Assn. poll, but three coaches voted runner-up Arizona No. 1 after the controversy surrounding the Bruins' Tanya Harding. A member of Australia's national team, Harding stayed in Westwood for one quarter, pitching for the Bruins, but left school without taking her final exams two days after helping UCLA defeat Arizona for the title.


San Jose Shark goaltender Arturs Irbe, who suffered serious hand and arm injuries last year when he was attacked by his dog in Latvia, underwent a three-hour operation last week to repair residual deformity in a finger on his right hand.

The date of the Humberto Gonzalez-Saman Sorjaturong fight for Gonzalez's light-flyweight titles at the Forum is July 15. It was reported erroneously in Thursday's editions.

Names in the News

Riddick Bowe weighed 243 pounds, six more than Jorge Luis Gonzalez, for their World Boxing Organization heavyweight title fight Saturday night.

Jim Everett, 32, signed a four-year contract extension with the New Orleans Saints that will pay the former Ram quarterback a reported $2.2 million this season. . . . The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran offensive tackle Bruce Wilkerson and waived tackle Ivory Dillard.

World-record holder Colin Jackson's 31-race unbeaten streak in the 110-meter hurdles ended when he finished behind Germans Florian Schwarthoff and Mike Fenner in Nuremberg, Germany. Schwarthoff was timed in 13.19 seconds, and Jackson in 13.43.

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