Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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Missouri's Sutherland Is Big 8 Player Of Week Missouri guard Jason Sutherland was named Big Eight player of the week for his performances in the Tigers' narrow victories over Nebraska and Kansas.

Sutherland averaged 23 points in the two games and continues to lead the conference in free throw percentage (.894) and 3-point shooting (.484), the Big Eight noted in announcing his selection Monday in a split vote of a media panel.

Sutherland scored 28 points, including 14 of 14 in free throws, as Missouri edged the Cornhuskers 99-98 last week. Against Kansas on Saturday, he scored 18 points.

Sutherland was picked as player of the week in a split vote over senior forward Ernie Abercrombie of Oklahoma. Abercrombie scored 25 points and had 22 rebounds against Mississippi State.

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BASKETBALL Poll Drops Kansas To Fifth

Things are getting pretty ho-hum in the Associated Press college poll.

Massachusetts was back on top for the eighth consecutive week, and Kentucky stayed the runner-up for that same period.

There was some mixing among Nos. 3 to 6, as Connecticut moved up one spot to third, while Villanova jumped two places to fourth. Kansas, which had been third, was fifth after losing to Missouri, and Cincinnati dropped two places to sixth after its buzzer-beater loss to Arizona.

Kansas State point guard Elliot Hatcher underwent further tests after complaining of chest pains after Saturday's Oklahoma State game and being hospitalized in Stillwater, Okla.

Doctors in Stillwater determined that the problem was not serious, and Hatcher was released. But coach Tom Asbury, who witnessed the death of Loyola-Marymount player Hank Gathers of a heart attack in 1990, said the team wants a more extensive round of tests.

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BASEBALL Jocketty Still Hoping To Land Eckersley

The on-again, off-again deal for Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersley appears to be on track again for the Cardinals. "We're still talking, and we still hope to get it done before the end of the week," Cardinals gene ral manager Walt Jocketty said.

The Cardinals want the Athletics to pay part of the $2.25 million contract that Eckersley, 41, carries this season.

Major-league owners are expected to end the Pittsburgh Pirates' 18-month search for a new buyer when they vote today on Kevin McClatchy's $90 million buyout.

Ten of the 14 National League owners and eight of the 14 American League owners must ratify the sale. The approval became almost certain when the ownership committed headed by Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf unanimously recommended ratification. …

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