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MONDAY
SEPTEMBER 17, 2001

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Jordan's
statement
coming soon
- via fax
WASHINGTON (AP) - Forget
about a big news conference
announcing Michael Jordan's return.
Word is more likely to come via fax.
Jordan is now in no rush to
announce his decision on playing
again in the NBA, and plans for a
major media appearance have been
all but shelved in the aftermath of
Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
It was expected that a news con-
ference would be held Thursday, but
Jordan apparently felt such a specta-
cle would be inappropriate.
A source close to Jordan, speaking
on condition of anonymity, con-
firmed a report in Friday's Washing-
ton Post that Jordan's announcement
will be more low-key.
Word probably will come via fax,
although the means and time are still
being determined, the source said.
Jordan has come out of retirement
via fax before. In March 1995, he
announced his return to the Chicago
Bulls with a two-word bulletin: "I'm
back! "
Knowing that Jordan could call at
any time, the Washington Wizards'
staff has been ready for weeks to
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Ryder Cup delayed
until next September

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Michael Jordan was expected to announce his return to the NBA in a news conference last Thursday, but he felt it was
inappropriate. Instead, Jordan - who will play for the Washington Wizards - is likely to make his announcement via fax.

LONDON (AP) - The Ryder Cup
was postponed for one year on yester-
day because of the terrorist attacks in
the United States.
The action was announced by the
European Ryder Cup board, which
said the event, scheduled for Sept. 28-
30 at The Belfry in England, instead
would be played in September 2002
at the same location.
The PGA of America informed the
European board that the scope of
Tuesday's terrorist strikes in New
York and Washington was "so over-
whelming that it would be impossible
for the United States Ryder Cup team
and officials to attend the matches
this month."
"We have been placed in a position
beyond our control and therefore the
matches, out of necessity, have been
postponed," European Ryder Cup
Board spokesman Mitchell Platts said.
European Ryder Cup captain Sam
Torrance said the decision was one of
"common sense."
"What happened in America last
week has put the Ryder Cup and
everything else into perspective," he
said. "I am desperately heartbroken
for all the people involved in this ter-
rible tragedy.
"All I can feel at the moment is an
immense sadness. There will be time
enough to talk further about the 34th
Ryder Cup matches taking place next
year."~
U.S. captain Curtis Strange called
the postponement "very appropriate

in light of the situation."
"The tragedy in America caused us
all to reflect and evaluate our own
lives and relationships with family
and friends," he said. "Our hearts and
prayers go out to all those affected by
last Tuesday's disaster."
The Ryder Cup, which began in
1927 and is played every other year,
was interrupted for six years during
World War II. It has become one of
the biggest events in golf, and this
year's matches were the most antici-
pated.
The decision came from the PGA
of America, not a vote of players.
Two years ago, the United States
pulled off the greatest comeback in
Ryder Cup history with a 45-foot putt
by Justin Leonard and a celebration
that offended Europe.
Jim Awtrey, PGA of America
Chief Executive Officer, said the
organization was appreciative of the
respect shown by the Ryder Cup
board.
"Given the enormity of the tragedy
in America, we informed European
officials of our desire to postpone the
matches until next year," Awtrey said.
"The PGA of America is very appre-
ciative of the support and understand-
ing expressed by European Ryder
Cup Officials.
"We understand this is a hardship
for them to reschedule the matches
next year ... but it was important to us
that the matches be played and not

stage a news conference at the MCI
Center with just a few hours' notice.
The day before Tuesday's attacks,
Jordan's comeback was the sporting
talk of the nation's capital. He
strongly indicated Monday in a dis-
cussion with three reporters in
Chicago that he would return from
his three-year retirement and play
for the Wizards, saying he was
doing it "for the love of the game."
It remains all but certain that he
will make his intentions known

before Oct. 2, when the Wizards are
scheduled to begin training camp in
Wilmington, N.C.
Jordan's late decision has led to
numerous uncertainties within the
organization. Coach Doug Collins
doesn't yet know whether one of the
game's greatest players will be on
his roster. The team's media guide is
on hold as the public relations staff
waits to hear whether to include sev-
eral pages on Jordan among the
biographies.

The Wizards have experienced a
surge in season ticket sales. More
than 12,000 have been sold, yet
there are about 8,000 more available
that could go in a hurry if Jordan
decides to suit up.
Jordan, the team's president of
basketball operations, would also
need to sell his ownership stake in
the Wizards if he played. Much of
the paperwork has already been
done to make that process happen
smoothly.

m taking a little break from hockey

DENVER (AP) - After two years of injuries,
Colorado Avalanche star Peter Forsberg said Satur-
day he needs more time to heal and will take an
indefinite leave of absence from hockey.
A teammate said Forsberg, a six-time All-Star,
told the Stanley Cup champions he would miss the
entire 2001-02 season.
Forsberg, whose most recent injury was a rup-
tured spleen four months ago, insisted he wasn't
contemplating retirement, but he had no timetable
for his return.
"I just feel that right now, in my current frame of
mind, I can't go out and play at the level I expect
out of myself," Forsberg said. "Over the last few
years, the numerous injuries and the recent surgeries
made me come to this decision."
Te 28-year-old Swede would be the highest-paid
player in the NHL this season at $11 million,
according to the NHL Players Association. But he
won't be paid during his absence.
The star center held a news conference Saturday
in Stockholm, Sweden, where the Avalanche were
opening training camp. He also spoke by conference
call to other reporters.
"I think I need to sit back and listen to my body.
I'm not getting younger. My body has been taking a

lot of abuse, a lot of beating the last couple of years.
I need to heal my body before I get back playing.
I'm taking a little break from hockey for a while,"
Forsberg said.
"I don't want to retire. I think I will be back. How
long it's going to take, I don't know."
Colorado was scheduled to return to Colorado
next Wednesday. Forsberg, however, expects to
remain behind in his homeland for at least a few
weeks.
"I'm going to rest my body," he said. "I'll stay-
here in Sweden for a while, then get back to Denver.
I have a lot of friends there. I love Denver. I love
thed fans' and this organization. I will truly miss
everything."
Ville Nieminei; who finished the playoffs last
seman the'Avs rookie leader in goals and assists,
said Forsberg told his teammates he will not play
again the entire season.
"That's what he told us before practice (Satur-
day)," Nieminen said. "We were shocked. I watched
Peter. He looked very good on the ice. I thought he
was ready for the season.
"But it's hard to see inside the guy. Peter is a big
competitor. He always wants to play 100 percent.
Nothing else is good enough for him. We truly

believe that he's doing the right thing."
Asked if he thought Forsberg would play for
Sweden in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake
City, Nieminen said, "As a Finnish guy I hope he
doesn't, but as a teammate and friend I hope he's
going to recover his health and be ready for Christ-
mas or whenever he starts to feel like it's time to
come back."
Forsberg, who led Sweden to the 1994 Olympic
gold medal, wouldn't rule out an Olympic appear-
ance in 2002. However, Forsberg said he would
expect to return to the Avalanche first.
"If I don't go back and feel good and play with
the Avalanche, I won't play in the Olympics," he
said.
Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix said
the organization was "shocked at the decision, but
we have to live with it. I know his feeling went
deep. He told me he did not have the desire, strength
and mental toughness to compete right now."
Lacroix said the Avalanche will make no attempt
to replace Forsberg via trade.
"We have a lot of depth, a lot of young players,"
Lacroix said. "We're not going to do anything that
shows Peter we have lost'hope (in him returning).
We want him back when he feels better."

Scanceled."
called off at last minute..
Thursday afternoon the Michigan Instead of playing nonconference
men'~s soccer team was scheduted to rmad games this weekend, the teamhad
play in the Louisvi ehIvitatilnat Sat- a scrimmage that Burns deecribedas
nrday and ycsterday. being vezy spfrited and comnpetidve'
But hi Iigh of The national tragedy, While this pas week has beent a
Coach Steve Burns and his piayers tough experienc0 for the WoIveines,
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and a diversion,"Burnssaid. that they could speak their miids, and
Becaus~e the University of everyone has communicatedwyell'
Louisile's decision on Friday to can- Next weekend, the Wolverines will.
eel all athletic contests, Michigan had prepare fr nonfeen~ce fee Bttler
to htray turn its bus around -- the on Friday, and then fig Ten opponent
team was ahready en route to Kentucky Nouihwestern...Sa.
when it received word of the cancela-. .......
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