Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Gill Traded By Hornets For Barros, Johnson

The Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday traded Dana Barros and Eddie Johnson to the Charlotte Hornets for Kendall Gill, finally pulling off a long-rumored deal.

The Hornets also received the option to swap their 1994 first-round draft choice for the Sonics' pick next year.

Gill, a guard who was the Hornets' first-round draft choice out of Illinois in 1991, averaged 16.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season. Gill, who was unhappy in Charlotte, made the deal possible when he signed a contract last week for a reported $26.6 million over seven years.

Johnson is a 12-year National Basketball Association veteran and averaged 14.4 points last season. The 6-foot-8 swingman was the league's third-best free-throw shooter, hitting more than 91 percent of his free throws. Barros, a 5-10 guard, averaged just under 8 points off the bench last season. He is among the NBA's best 3-point shooters.

***** HORSE RACING Jockey Suspended At Belmont Park

Filiberto Leon, the jockey who started the frightening spill that put Julie Krone out of action for at last six months with a fractured right ankle, was suspended for seven days for "careless riding."

The suspension was announced by racing stewards at Belmont Park. The incident occurred during the third race at Saratoga on Monday, the final day of the meet. Meanwhile, Krone underwent ankle surgery Wednesday at Staten Island University Hospital. Krone fell in the third race when her mount, Seattle Way, clipped heels with Leon's mount, Bejilla Lass. The 30-year-old Krone was then trampled by a passing horse, who kicked her in the leg. …

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