Kentucky prep hoops star won’t enroll at U

The short-lived Anthony Grundy saga has officially come to a close.
After weeks of trying to recruit the 1998 Kentucky high school basketball player of the year, Gophers officials say that Grundy will not enroll at the University.
“He has not enrolled at any collegiate institution,” said Chris Schoemann, the U’s Director of Athletic Compliance.
Grundy, a 6-foot-1 guard, was regarded as one of the top high school prospects in the country last season. After enrolling at Bradley, he sought and received his release from the school.
There were reports that he would visit the University and possibly enroll for the fall quarter, but the basketball office said that Grundy did not come Thursday, the first day of classes.
According to Schoemann, Grundy has until the twelfth day of the quarter, but an official from the athletics department said that he is out of the picture.
Grundy could wind up enrolling at a junior college in order to play this season.

NBA no-no
NEW YORK (AP) — The good news on the NBA lockout front is that the sides are back speaking to one another. The bad news is that time is getting short.
Unfortunately for basketball fans, the bad news outweighed the good Thursday as the league cancelled 24 exhibition games and postponed the start of training camps indefinitely.
The lockout went through its 86th day with only the faintest of hopes for a timely resolution, and the likelihood grew that the league will be forced to cancel regular season games because of a work-stoppage for the first time in its history.
“Nobody wants to miss the whole season, but there are 29 owners that are willing to do so if they have to,” deputy commissioner Russ Granik said.
The unprecedented cancellation of two dozen games came one day after commissioner David Stern, Granik, union director Billy Hunter and union president Patrick Ewing met for about an hour at the union’s offices Ñ the first sit-down between the sides since owners stormed out of a bargaining session Aug. 6.
The sides discussed whether to resume formal talks, at which the owners would be expected to present a new proposal. The regular season remains scheduled to tip off Nov. 3.
“I don’t know if we got the ball rolling or not,” Granik said. “We tried to offer some suggestions, but I don’t know if the process will move forward. We’re waiting to hear back from them on whether there’s any point to having another meeting.”
“We’re ready to meet tonight if we can to resume bargaining.”
But with owners looking for a definitive limit on salary costs, including a phaseout of the so-called Larry Bird exception (which allows teams to exceed the salary cap to sign their own free agents) and the union holding to its position that it won’t agree to any kind of a “hard” salary cap, prospects for a speedy resolution appeared grim.

A Wild idea
ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota may be a hockey-mad state, but the expansion Wild are taking no chances on finding future fans.
Alana Blahoski, Karyn Bye and Neal Broten, — all former Olympians — have been hired to promote hockey in the upper Midwest, team officials announced Thursday.
The three will go from rink to rink to work with boys and girls of all ages. The positions are part-time, Wild chief executive Jac Sperling said.
Blahoski, of St. Paul, and Bye, of River Falls, Wis., played on the U.S. women’s hockey team that won the gold medal at this year’s Olympics.
Blahoski recently was hired as a graduate assistant coach of the women’s hockey team at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Bye is an advisor for the National Hockey League’s NHL SKATE program, intended to increase hockey participation in part by building more than 100 rinks in the United States.
Broten, of Roseville, is a former University of Minnesota star who broke into the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars late in the 1980-81 season. He moved with the team to Dallas in 1993 and was traded to New Jersey in February 1995. He retired in 1997.
The Wild also announced Thursday that about 1,400 tickets were still available for a Sept. 30 exhibition between Dallas and Phoenix at the Target Center in Minneapolis.