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 Viking makes basketball debut

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss made his professional basketball debut with the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs of the United States Basketball League on May 24. Moss scored seven points in the ValleyDawgs' 113-112 victory over the Long Island Surf. Moss signed a deal to play in just one game but left open the option to return for another game later in the season. Moss' appearance helped boost ticket sales at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena to 4,349. The arena holds 6,000. The ValleyDawgs are coached by former Philadelphia 76er Darryl Dawkins.

  Kruk heads for Fox talk show

John Kruk resigned from his position as a hitting instructor with the Class AA Reading (Pa.) Phillies to take a new job with Fox. Kruk will be one of the hosts of new talk show expected to air nights on Fox Sports Net's regional channels when no games are being broadcast. Kruk, 40, retired from baseball in 1995. He spent six years of his career with the Phillies. He also played for the San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox.

  Pell dies of cancer

Former Florida football coach Charley Pell died last week at 60 after a long battle with cancer. Pell, an Alabama native, played for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama in the early '60s and coached at Jacksonville State and Clemson before joining Florida in late 1978. He was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 1980 and ACC Coach of the Year in 1977-78. Pell coached Florida from 1979 through 1984, leaving after the NCAA levied 59 sanctions against the program.

  Atlanta Thrashers reach out

The Atlanta Thrashers' Hockey in the Streets program took part in a Special Olympics of Georgia event Sunday. H.I.T.S. promotes hockey, teaching people the fundamentals with clinics including skills development sessions tailored to the group's level of play. The H.I.T.S. program is presented by Philips Consumer Electronics, WebMD and PowerAde.

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