Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, October 24, 1997

UH basketball star’s
injury not serious

Carter sprains his shoulder in practice spill

By Cindy Luis

Anthony Carter is used to making breathtaking plays. One of those plays took away the collective breath of the University of Hawaii men's basketball team.

Carter, a senior All-American guard, was fouled on a drive in yesterday's practice. He fell and landed on his outstretched left arm, jamming his shoulder.

It was feared Carter suffered a separated shoulder, but after an examination and X-rays, it was diagnosed as a shoulder sprain.

"It could have been a lot worse," UH trainer Jayson Goo said. "He'll be out three to four days and it shouldn't bother him."

Hawaii, picked to finish second in the Pacific Division of the WAC by Street & Smith's magazine, opens the season with an exhibition against the California All-Stars Nov. 20. The Rainbows then play Indiana in the opening game of the United Airlines Tip-off Tournament Nov. 28.

Rolfing returns to NBC Sports

Mark Rolfing will return to NBC sports as a golf commentator after spending the last six years with ABC Sports.

Rolfing made his network debut with NBC in 1988. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. However, Rolfing confirmed that it is a multi-year deal in yesterday's press release.

He begins in January at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Other assignments will include The Players Championship, the U.S. Open and the Ryder Cup.

"This is tremendous opportunity for me," Rolfing said. "I had six great years with ABC, but going back to NBC is like going home, Everyone has made me feel very welcome."

Ex-Rainbow Ruffin
faces kidnap charge

Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Former University of Hawaii basketball star Trevor Ruffin and two other men are accused of kidnapping at gunpoint an 11-year-old boy who reportedly had broken into Ruffin's Mercedes-Benz.

Ruffin, 27, of Buffalo was charged yesterday with kidnapping, criminal use of a firearm, endangering the welfare of a child and robbery.

He also had been wanted on unrelated vehicle and traffic charges.

Police said the alleged break-in occurred yesterday afternoon and involved three youths, who fled on bicycles.

Ruffin and two other men went after the youths and caught one, witnesses told police. The three men were arrested about 40 minutes later.

The weapon was not recovered.

Ruffin, a guard who scored 967 points in two seasons (1992-94) with the Rainbows, played for the Phoenix Suns in the 1994-95 season and for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995-96. He signed with the New Jersey Nets last fall but was waived after playing two exhibition games.

PO'OKELA PLACES SECOND: Po'okela, Hawaii's 3.5 women's team, placed second in the 1997 United States Tennis Association League Championships last weekend at Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The first-year team coached by Primo Castro, Jr. advanced to the semifinals by defeating the Florida, Southwestern and Southern California regional teams.

Po'okela beat Portland, Ore., 3-2, in the semifinals, then lost to the Southern States, 3-2, in the final.

Team members are Colleen Bringman, Belinda Castro, Evelyn DeGuzman, Lei Fukumura, Gay Imai, Jodie Kagemoto, Norma Kop, Marsha Kuwata, Penny Saruwatari, Ann Schrader, Andrea Shea, Deri Shinkawa, Phyllis Tsukayama, Wendy Wailehua-Hansen and Toni Valluzzi.

See line scores and results in
the [Scoreboard] section.


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