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Ex-Pacer Dying of Cancer

Associated Press

Roger Brown, one of the stars of the old American Basketball Assn. has liver cancer and says he has “three months” to live, The New York Times reported. Brown, 54, was diagnosed last spring.

Brown made his name with the Indiana Pacers, averaging 17.4 points in eight seasons. He was later elected to the Indianapolis City Council.

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Chicago Bull forward Dennis Rodman, who dyed his hair pink last April to show support for women with breast cancer, donated his salary from Sunday’s game against Orlando--about $60,000--to the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization.

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Rodman had pledged to donate the salary from his first 11 post-suspension games to charity. Last month, Rodman was suspended for 11 games for kicking a courtside cameraman in Minnesota.

The charities cover a broad spectrum, from Y-ME to the March of Dimes to the Magic Johnson Aids Foundation.

Rodman has said his aunt is a breast cancer survivor.

“Y-ME has helped many women and their families cope with breast cancer, a disease that has affected my family,” Rodman said in a statement issued by Y-ME. “Women with breast cancer need a place to go that helps them to get the skills and the attitude they need to fight this disease.”

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The Toronto Raptors added veteran assistant Brendan Suhr to Coach Darrell Walker’s staff, taking him away from the Continental Basketball Assn.'s Grand Rapids Hoops, where he was president, general manager, coach and part owner.


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