Archive for Tuesday, December 12, 2000

NHL Briefs

December 12, 2000


Lemieux won't rule out playing in '02 Olympics

Pittsburgh Mario Lemieux didn't say yes about playing for Canada in the 2002 Olympics. He also didn't say no.

Lemieux, who is ending a 3 1/2-year retirement to play again for the Pittsburgh Penguins, said Monday he would consider playing in the Salt Lake City Games.

"It's still too far ahead," Lemieux said at his first news conference since announcing his comeback. "But if I play next year, I would love to play in the Olympics for Canada."

O'Neal will miss game to get LSU diploma

El Segundo, Calif. Shaquille O'Neal has earned a new nickname The Big Graduate.

The Los Angeles Lakers' star will receive his diploma at Louisiana State on Friday, causing him to miss that night's game against the Vancouver Grizzlies at Staples Center.

O'Neal will miss the game with his team's blessing and won't be docked any of his $19.286 million season salary.

"Here he is, almost 30, and he's graduating from college," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said after practice Monday. "He's persevered to do it. We wish him well in his graduation, it's a wonderful thing to do."

Hill activated by Magic

Los Angeles All-Star forward Grant Hill was activated by the Orlando Magic prior to Monday night's game with the Los Angeles Clippers. Hill was placed on the injured list Nov. 6 to continue rehabilitation of his left ankle. He underwent surgery on Apr. 28 to repair a broken bone in his ankle. Hill had not been in the Magic's lineup since Nov. 3.

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