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July 01, 2002
OrderedBy NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, in response to the March 18 death of fan Brittanie Cecil, new protective measures at all arenas. Before next season teams must install netting above the fiberglass walls that border the corners and end zones of rinks and also ensure that the glass along the sides of the rinks is at least five feet above the top of the boards. Cecil, 13, was hit by a puck while attending a Blue Jackets game.
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July 01, 2002

The Blotter

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Ordered
By NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, in response to the March 18 death of fan Brittanie Cecil, new protective measures at all arenas. Before next season teams must install netting above the fiberglass walls that border the corners and end zones of rinks and also ensure that the glass along the sides of the rinks is at least five feet above the top of the boards. Cecil, 13, was hit by a puck while attending a Blue Jackets game.

Signed
By the Red Sox, John Henry Williams, 33, the son of Ted Williams, to a minor league contract. John Henry, a 6'5", 220-pound self-dubbed "power-hitting first baseman" who has never played pro ball and is Ted's business manager, will go to Class A Sarasota. A Sox spokesman says the signing is "unusual," but that Ted's stature made the team "willing to go beyond the norm."

Convicted
Of misdemeanor assault, former Jazz center Olden Polynice, 38, for spitting at and punching 21-year-old Tyler Swensen on a Utah golf course in July 2001. The incident occurred after a shot by one of Swensen's partners struck Polynice in the right arm. Polynice faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine at his July 15 sentencing.

Died
Of a heart attack, Willie Davenport, 59, a four-time Olympian and 1968 gold medalist in the 110-meter hurdles. In '80 Davenport made the U.S. bobsled team for the Lake Placid Olympics, making him the second man to compete in the Summer and Winter Games. Davenport, who spent two years in the 509th Airborne Regiment in the '60s, ran the National Guard Bureau's Office of Sports Management from '99 until his death.

Invited
By the Heat to their NBA training camp next week, Chiefs All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez, who averaged 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds as a power forward at Cal between 1995 and '97 The 6'4" Gonzalez has no plans to give up football and says he's going to the camp for conditioning. Said Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil, "Some guys like to play golf. He likes to play basketball."

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