LEGENDARY GAME: Former basketball players from the University of Utah and BYU will reuinite for the 1998 Legends Basketball Game at 7:30 p.m. July 31. The game, created to help raise money for the Utah Youth Village, will be played at the Huntsman Center and will benefit more than 400 abused and neglected children.
Tickets are $10 and $7 if purchased in advance, $12 and $8 at the door. Former players Gary Trost, Marty Haws, Greg Kite, Josh Grant, Jimmy Soto and Tom Chambers highlight the participants.
BRUINS SWEEP: The Utah Bruins AAU basketball team continued to excell in national competition this week as it swept its pool in a 15-under tournament in Detroit.
In their first game, the Bruins struggled to beat the Royals from Charlotte, N.C., but behind Lance Ellett's 18 points, they were able hold off a late Royal charge. In the second game, Utah pounded Maine Coast 81-44. Ellett once again had 18, while Brandon Sholly and Jared Jensen each added 16.
In the third game, Sam Burgess broke out with 18 points to lead Utah over Massachusetts Hysteria 79-67. The win put Utah in the final bracketing, which will determine the national championship.
BULLS' CANDIDATES: The Chicago Bulls aren't leaving anything to chance in their search to replace the coach who won six NBA titles in eight years.
When Cleveland assistant Ron Rothstein interviewed with Chicago management last week, the meeting lasted almost an entire afternoon. Both chairman Jerry Reins-dorf and general manager Jerry Krause were involved, Roth-stein said.
The Bulls have at least five people on their short list to replace Phil Jackson, who left almost three weeks ago. In addition to Roth-stein, they are Iowa State coach Tim Floyd and current NBA assistants Rick Carlisle (Indiana), Paul Silas (Charlotte) and Scott Skiles (Phoenix).
Skiles has an interview scheduled today.
CADILLAC'S CHARGES: An FBI affidavit says Atlanta Hawks free-agent center Greg "Cadillac" Anderson admitted involvement in a four-person cocaine operation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.
A federal indictment filed June 25 in U.S. District Court in Biloxi, Miss., said Anderson "knowingly and willfully" possessed as much as a kilogram of cocaine, conspired with at least three others in making deals for the controlled substance and carried the drugs across state lines from Houston, Texas, to Biloxi, the newspaper said.
According to the FBI affidavit by special agent Matthew Campbell attached to the indictment, Anderson was detained, but not arrested, on May 20 at a hotel during an FBI sting operation. The affidavit said that co-defendant Howard Hill of Jackson, Miss., gave Anderson $26,000 in cash and that Hill then sold approximately three ounces of cocaine to an FBI undercover agent, the paper said.
THOMAS' DUI: An Albuquerque prosecutor refused to plea bargain on an aggravated drunken-driving charge against New Mexico basketball player Kenny Thomas, saying there is enough evidence to convict the player of that offense.
Thomas' lawyer, Rudy Chavez, sent a letter to District Attorney Jeff Romero earlier this month asking that the charge be reduced to driving while intoxicated. An aggravated DWI charge carries a stif-fer penalty, meaning Thomas could serve two days in jail if convicted.
Thomas was arrested on April 4 after his car rear-ended a vehicle stopped for a red light. Police records showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.18, more than twice the legal limit in New Mexico.