Bitter Knight rants and raves in Playboy issue
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight continues to call university officials “deceitful” four months after he was fired.
In the March issue of Playboy magazine, Knight says his only regret is not leaving Indiana sooner.
“I talked to some people and almost without exception they told me to leave,” Knight said in a 12-page interview due to hit newsstands Feb. 5.
“What I did in this situation was think about the wrong things. When I quit coaching, I envisioned being able to stay around the university, to help in any way they asked.”
Instead, university president Myles Brand fired Knight on Sept. 10.
That doesn”t mean Knight, who won three national championships and made five Final Four appearances at Indiana, is finished.
“I would really like to wind up my coaching career working for people I really like and respect and who feel the same way about me,” he said. “I want better final memories than I have right now.”
Nurse”s testimony hurts Chmura”s case
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) A nurse told jurors yesterday she believed the teenager who accused former Green Bay Packers star Mark Chmura of sexually assaulting her at a party after a high school prom.
Debra Donovan, a registered nurse at a Milwaukee hospital, testified she talked to and examined Chmura”s accuser within hours after the April 9 party. Donovan said she concluded “the findings are consistent with what she reported. I believe she was sexually assaulted.”
Chmura”s accuser, 17 at the time, told police Chmura pulled her into the bathroom, pulled down her pants and had sex with her without her consent.
Defense attorneys contend the teenager, who baby-sat Chmura”s children, hated Chmura and lied about the incident. The 31-year-old player could get up to 40 years in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted.
Chmura was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and appeared in two Super Bowls with Green Bay. He missed most of the 1999 season with a neck injury. The team cut him in June after he was charged.
Invesco owns name of Denver”s new stadium
DENVER (AP) Denver”s new football stadium sold its name for a pile of cash that”s a mile high.
Disregarding the wishes of the mayor and many fans to preserve the name simply as “Mile High Stadium,” the new home of the Broncos will be “Invesco Field at Mile High.”
Invesco Funds Group, a financial services company, will pay $120 million for 20 years to have its name on the stadium. The Metropolitan Football Stadium District Board accepted the offer Monday in a 7-1 vote.
Taxpayers are responsible for 75 percent of the burden to finance the $400 million facility, which is being built next door to the old stadium. The Broncos begin play at their new home this fall.
Mayor Wellington Webb led opposition to the renaming, saying Mile High was a marketing asset for the area. Webb and many fans also said the rich history associated with the name was more important than cutting the stadium”s cost.