Four months after the death of team patriarch Red Auerbach, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Danny Ainge reunited in grief Friday to say goodbye to former Boston Celtics teammate Dennis Johnson.
The trio of Celtics stars joined about 1,000 mourners who shared tears and laughter during Johnson's 1 -hour funeral.
"D.J. was a huge part of championship teams and was a guy that everybody liked," McHale said. "He was a fun guy, and he had a personality that fit with us because we had a bunch of guys who enjoyed each other."
Johnson, who was coaching the Austin Toros of the NBA's Development League, died of an apparent heart attack after practice last month. He was 52.
"He was a great basketball player, a guy that was dedicated to the game, and he showed that by staying in it and going to the minor leagues to coach and try to move his way up," Bird said.
Jake Plummer's status with the Denver Broncos was in limbo Friday.
The quarterback who lost his starting job during the 2006 season reportedly would rather retire than accept a trade to Tampa Bay, the NFL Network and other media sources reported Friday afternoon.
The Broncos and Buccaneers had reportedly worked out an agreement that would send Plummer to the Buccaneers in exchange for a middle-round draft pick.
But Plummer, who has three years left on his contract and is due $5.3 million in 2007, is reportedly balking at the possible trade.
The Oakland Raiders opened the free agency season by meeting with Jeff Garcia on Friday, but the highly sought after quarterback plans to talk to other teams before deciding where to sign for next year.
The San Francisco 49ers signed cornerback Nate Clements and safety Michael Lewis on Friday, making two bold moves in the opening hours of free agency. Clements, the star cornerback from the Buffalo Bills, agreed to an eight-year, $80 million contract.
Allenby is ahead
Robert Allenby finished his round around lunchtime, and left PGA National thinking he'd be within two of three shots of the lead by day's end.
He ultimately was wrong, and probably thrilled.
Allenby shot a 2-under 68 Friday, getting the Australian to 5 under after two rounds of the Honda Classic and into a tie atop the leaderboard with first-round leader Charlie Wi - who shot a wild round of even-par 70.
England's Oliver Wilson eagled the 11th and 15th holes en route to a 6-under 66 and one-stroke lead in the Johnnie Walker Classic in Thailand.
Dwyane Wade had his dislocated left shoulder examined Friday by specialist Dr. James Andrews, and Miami Heat coach Pat Riley said there's no rush for a decision on whether season-ending surgery or rehabilitation is the best treatment.
"It doesn't make any difference," Riley said. "We know he's gone - four weeks, six weeks, the rest of the year."
Utah coach to leave
Utah basketball coach Ray Giacoletti will leave at the end of the season, the school announced Friday.
The Utes (11-17) are mired in their worst season in decades and are just 6-9 in the Mountain West Conference before Saturday's game at rival Brigham Young.
"No one wanted our team to succeed this year more than my staff and I, but that just wasn't the case," Giacoletti said in a statement.
His tenure, which started with a 29-win season in 2004-05, will likely end at next week's Mountain West Conference tournament unless the Utes somehow rally to win it. That's the only way Utah can make the postseason.
Gonzaga reserve player Theo Davis has been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana stemming from his arrest with starting center Josh Heytvelt after a traffic stop in Cheney last month.
The Mountain West Conference reprimanded Wyoming coach Steve McClain on Friday for published "negative remarks regarding the TCU men's basketball program."
The remarks were published Thursday and violated a rule against public criticism of a member institution, the conference said in a statement. Neither the conference nor Wyoming officials would confirm what the remarks were or where they appeared.
Tennis Ch. Open
Just over eight hours after he found out that he'd be playing in the quarterfinals Friday, Evgeny Korolev advanced to the semifinals in the Tennis Channel Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over fellow 19-year-old Sam Querrey in Las Vegas.
Korolev, from Russia, got back into the event when the ATP Tour reversed its decision to give top-seeded James Blake the controversial quarterfinal spot.
Blake, the 2006 winner, led Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 3-1 on Thursday in round-robin play when del Potro retired because of respiratory distress.
Korolev, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Blake in their opening-round match Tuesday, initially was declared the group winner based on his completed victory, but the tour reversed that decision Thursday night before switching back to Korolev on Friday.
Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela advanced to the Mexican Open final Friday night when compatriot Agustin Calleri retired after pulling a leg muscle.
In the other semifinal, top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain faced eighth-seeded countryman Carlos Moya, the 2002 and 2004 winner in Acapulco.