CAL LOSES COOL: Cal Ripken yelled at a heckler Friday after the fan complained that the Baltimore Orioles' star didn't sign an autograph for his 5-year-old son.
The man, who was seated behind the plate at a game between the Orioles and Montreal Expos, shouted at Ripken when the third baseman stepped to the plate in the second inning. Ripken stepped out of the batter's box and yelled right back at him.
The fan said that Ripken on three occasions skipped over his son during his autograph sessions after games, and Ripken responded angrily.
"What he said was wrong and I didn't handle it the way I wanted to handle it, so I was wrong. I learned a lesson," Ripken said shortly after he signed autographs for 75 minutes after the game.
FINES: Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown and two of his players were fined a total of $15,000 and two Toronto Raptors were suspended and fined Friday by the NBA in separate game incidents.
Raptors' forwards Gary Trent and Marcus Camby were suspended for leaving the bench during a fight in Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Trent also was fined $5,000 and Camby assessed a $2,500 penalty.
`TRACTOR' HITS NBA ROAD: No longer willing to help carry the load for Michigan, Robert "Tractor" Traylor said Friday he would forego his senior season with the Wolverines and declared himself eligible for the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-8, 300-pound junior led Michigan with 10.1 rebounds per game and was the Wolverines' second-leading scorer st 16.2 points per game.
LAKERS RE-SIGN KUPCHAK: General Manager Mitch Kupchak, rumored to be going elsewhere several times in recent years, has signed a new long-term contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Terms were not announced.
Kupchak has been with the Lakers as a player or front-office executive since 1981. He is in his fourth year as the team's general manager after serving as assistant general manager since he retired as a player in 1986.
SUSPENSION: Michael Peca of the Buffalo Sabres was suspended by NHL effective with Friday nigtht's game against the Edmonton Oilers for an elbowing incident in a game Thursday night.
U.S. MOGULS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley of Tiburon, Calif., and 1994 Olympic silver medal-winner Liz McIntyre of Winter Park, Colo., ignored 60-degree weather and soft underfooting Friday at Carrabassett Valley, Maine, to win their first national moguls championships.
Moseley, 22, laid down what he felt was his best run ever at the national championships to win by nearly a point, while McIntyre won by three-hundredths of a point. The top three women were separated by just .09 at the Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships.
U.S. SNOWBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Mike Kildevaeld, who rides for Denmark but lives in San Diego, won the men's U.S. snowboard slalom title Friday by nearly a full second in sun-splashed weather that brought thoughts of California beaches instead of snowy mountains at Newry, Maine.
REVOLVING POLES: Dale Earnhardt Jr. was credited with his first career Busch Grand National pole Friday after officials ruled he had edged out Buckshot Jones for the top starting spot in the Moore's Snacks 250 in Bristol, Tenn.
FOOD CITY 500: Winston Cup points leader Rusty Wallace added to his growing list of 1998 accomplishments by winning the pole Friday for the Food City 500 at Bristol, Tenn. Motor Speedway.