Volume 96, Issue 68
Thursday, January 30, 2003

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Candy, candy, candy...

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – The Arizona athletic department is investigating whether its basketball team stole money and up to 80 candy bars from a vending machine in Lawrence, Kansas last weekend.

Lute Olson, coach of the No. 1 Wildcats, called the accusations "nothing but hearsay and rumour" at his weekly news conference Tuesday.

An unidentified Wildcats coach reimbursed the Marriott Spring Hill Suites in Lawrence for the missing candy, and manager Stephanie Bowler told the Tucson Citizen the hotel would not press charges. Associate coach Jim Rosborough said the payment was less than $100.

Police Lt. David Cobb told the newspaper a hotel guest saw young men wearing Arizona warm-up jackets pilfer up to 80 candy bars and money from the machine late Friday night or early Saturday.

"The athletic department is beginning to investigate, obviously spurred on by the coaches' desire to get to the facts in the case," team spokesman Richard Paige said.

After Arizona (15-1) overcame a 20-point deficit to defeat Kansas 91-74 Saturday, police surprised the coaching staff by entering the locker-room to interview players.



NBA Allstar Reserves named (AP) – Michael Jordan is an all-star for the 14th time, while Karl Malone won't be for the first time since 1987. The 29 NBA coaches voted for seven reserves from each conference. Chosen from the East along with Jordan were Jason Kidd of New Jersey, Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker of Boston, Brad Miller of Indiana, Zydrunas Ilgauskas of Cleveland and Jamal Mashburn of New Orleans. The Western Conference reserves are Shaquille O'Neal of the Lakers, Stephon Marbury and Shawn Marion of Phoenix, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas, Gary Payton of Seattle and Chris Webber of Sacramento.

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