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Chenowith cut by Kings

October 11, 2001

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Sacramento, Calif. -- Former Kansas University center Eric Chenowith has been cut again.

Chenowith, a 7-footer from Orange, Calif., was one of three players sliced from the Sacramento Kings' roster on Wednesday.

He had joined the Kings' camp after being set loose by the New York Knicks late last week. Chenowith was a second-round pick of the Knicks in the 2000 NBA Draft.

"We are a loaded team here," a Kings' spokesman said Wednesday night. "We have 12 guaranteed contracts and are at the luxury tax number and can't go over. We are set with big men with Vlade (Divac), Scot (Pollard), Mario Bennett, Lawrence Funderburke, Chris (Webber), guys like that."

It is highly likely Chenowith will resurface in the new National Basketball Developmental League.

Former Jayhawk Kenny Gregory has said he would attend draft camp of that league, Oct. 26-Nov. 3 in Atlanta. Chenowith recently told the Journal-World he would not be against playing in the NBDL. Player personnel director is former Jayhawk Milt Newton.

NFL

Chiefs-Colts game rescheduled

Kansas City, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs moved their home game against Indianapolis, scheduled for Oct. 28, to the previous Thursday, Oct. 25.

The NFL requested the switch, announced after practice Wednesday, to avoid a conflict with Major League Baseball's playoffs, which are running a week late due to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

The league had also considered moving the Oct. 28 Denver-New England game to that Thursday, but instead went with the Chiefs and Colts. Also, the New York Giants and Washington Redskins will play during the day Oct. 28 instead of Sunday night to avoid going head-to-head with the World Series.

The Oct. 25 Chiefs-Colts game will start at 7 p.m. and be televised by ESPN.

"We are pleased that we're going to be on national television once again," general manager Carl Peterson said.

Coach Dick Vermeil sounded less enthusiastic about the change, though.

"I'm really ... excited about it," Vermeil said sarcastically, then added: "Really, I don't have anything to say about it. The National Football League makes these decisions, and that's the league we represent, so we do it."

The move leaves the Chiefs only three days to prepare for Indianapolis, after a road game Oct. 21 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Ex-Viking Rhymes faces charges

White Bear Lake, Minn. -- Former Minnesota Vikings receiver Buster Rhymes faces charges in the carjacking of a 66-year-old woman.

Rhymes, the 39-year-old former Oklahoma standout who played for the Vikings from 1985-87, turned himself in at the White Bear Lake police station Monday, attorney Richard Carlson said Tuesday.

Officers took Rhymes to the Ramsey County Jail, and he was released on bail late Monday. He was charged with robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

According to the complaint, Rhymes approached the White Bear Lake woman at a traffic light Oct. 4. He yelled for a ride, then opened the back door of the 1994 Lexus and got in. Rhymes overpowered the woman and drove off in her car, the complaint said.

NHL

Microsoft to broadcast games

Seattle -- Microsoft Corp. will broadcast National Hockey League games through its Web site, part of a broader attempt to lure more users to its multimedia software.

The move is aimed at attracting users to Microsoft's audio and video software, called Windows Media Player, and, later, to a set of paid subscription Internet services called .NET.

Financial terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were not disclosed.

Microsoft Product Manager Lisa Gurry said the company could eventually begin offering such subscription services as sports score notification, but she would not elaborate on other plans or on how much those programs would cost.

The NHL is hoping that, by broadcasting games through Microsoft's MSN Web site, it will attract a broader range of fans.

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