Lisa Leslie and the Los Angeles Sparks hang on, edge Portland Fire
July 13-17, 2002
Lisa Leslie fouls out, but the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks still edge the Portland Fire, 82-76, in overtime in a WNBA game before 10,185 at the Rose Garden.
A few nights later, Fire guard Jackie Stiles returns from a right heel injury (bursitis) and scores three points in 11 minutes as Portland defeats the visiting Phoenix Mercury. Announced attendance is 7,291.
• Former Oregon State athletic director Mitch Barnhart, 42, is introduced as the new AD at the University of Kentucky. He vows to compete for championships and clean up a department whose problems include a football team on three years of NCAA probation for violations. Barnhart's annual salary was $300,000 at OSU; it will be up to $525,000 with the Wildcats.
Beavers President Paul Risser is considering senior associated AD Bob De Carolis, 49, as a successor.
Meanwhile, Reser's Fine Foods extends its agreement on being the name sponsor of the Beavers' football home through 2038, for a reported $12.5 million.
• The PGA Tour is considering Portland as the site of a regular-season event, but Peter Jacobsen Productions rejects the offer of a November date.