Saturday, August 14, 2010

Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone inducted into NBA Hall

NBA Hall of Fame inductees Karl Malone, left, and Scottie Pippen share a light moment during the enshrinement news conference at the Hall of Fame Museum in Springfield, Mass. (Elise Amendola / AP)

A version of this story appears on page 7B of the Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, print edition of the Detroit Free Press.

Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Ill., on Friday, recognized as individuals and as part of the Dream Team.

Pippen opened his acceptance speech by praising Michael Jordan for being "the best teammate."

Malone struggled with his emotions throughout his speech, especially at the end when he recalled his mother, saying she had died seven years ago Friday.

"I'm here because of her," he said.

The 2010 class also includes the Dream Team that won the 1992 Olympics.

CYCLING: Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador was beaten by future teammate Michael Morkov in a 40-mile street race in Herning, Denmark. Contador finished 80 seconds behind Morkov and three others.

TENNIS: Kim Clijsters reached the semifinals at the Cincinnati Open, beating Italy's Flavia Pennetta, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, in Mason, Ohio. No. 10 Maria Sharapova also reached the semifinals, beating France's Marion Bartoli, 6-1, 6-4.

... Venus Williams withdrew from next week's WTA tournament in Montreal, citing an injured left knee. ... Defending champion Andy Murray cruised past David Nalbandian, 6-2, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Roger Federer earned a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Tomas Berdych.

TRACK AND FIELD: Tyson Gay ran the fastest time in the world this year, winning the 100-meter final at the Diamond League meet in London in 9.78 seconds.

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