Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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Report: Jordan May Go Back To Bulls

Michael Jordan may quit his brief baseball career to rejoin the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday. Jordan "has just about decided" that his days in minor-league baseball with the Birmingham Barons are over, the newspaper said, quoting two unidentified sources.

One source said Jordan has been frustrated by his baseball performance. His batting average has hovered around .200.

The report was published less than 12 hours after Bulls general manager Jerry Krause said Jordan would not rejoin the franchise he led to three consecutive National Basketball Association championships.

***** BASKETBALL Pacers, Clippers Make Five-Player Deal

The reshaping of the Indiana Pacers continued with a swap of point guards and draft picks with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pacers sent Pooh Richardson, forward Malik Sealy and the rights to Eric Piatkowski to the Clippers for Mark Jackson and the rights to Greg Minor. Piatkowski, a swingman from Nebraska, was taken 15th overall by the Pacers in Wednesday's draft. Minor, a guard from Louisville, was the 25th pick by the Clippers. Indiana now has only two players who were starters when coach Larry Brown took over last summer.

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A federal judge in Minneapolis prohibited a state court in New Orleans from interfering in the legal battle involving the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves and rejected buyer Top Rank of Louisiana. But U.S. District Judge James Rosenbaum denied the NBA's request for a permanent injunction blocking the team's sale to the New Orleans group. It appears the legal battle is headed to a federal jury trial.

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A woman who claims Jason Kidd fathered her child has filed suit against him, asking for $10,000 a month in child support payments. The suit was filed in Alameda County (Calif.) Superior Court on Wednesday, the same day he was the second overall selection in the NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks.

***** GOLF Albus, Hobday Share Senior Open Lead

Jim Albus and Simon Hobday took advantage of ideal conditions to set the first-round pace with 66s in the U.S. Senior Open in Pinehurst, N.C. Wayne Carey, a pro for less than a month, shot 68, leaving him one ahead of a group made up of some of the greatest players the game has known - Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Ray Floyd among them. Also at 69 was Tom Wargo, of Centralia Ill. He played without a bogey.

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Phil Mickelson started quickly, with birdies on five of the first six holes, and finished with a 6-under 66 to share the early lead with Bob Gilder in Thursday's first round of the Western Open in suburban Chicago. …

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