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On the Air - October 29, 2008

CHARLOTTE -- Adam Morrison walked into the Charlotte Bobcats' locker room Tuesday wearing a hooded sweatshirt, covering a secret that would leave his teammates stunned.

"He took off the hood and I just started laughing," forward Jared Dudley said. "I think everybody started laughing."

Morrison had cut his hair. And this was no minor trim job. Morrison's unwieldy, shaggy black mop that had become some sort of anti-fashion statement from his college days at Gonzaga was replaced by short-cropped hair that ended halfway down his neck, even with the bottom of his ears.

"We bounced it around in the last month or so. I said, 'Adam, come on, it's time.' Just joking around," guard Matt Carroll said. "Then I came in today and saw him sitting in his chair with that same old face -- that stone face -- and I saw him with no hair. I said, 'Wow! Unbelievable!'"

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL-- Lute Olson's doctor said Tuesday that the former Arizona basketball coach had a stroke within the last year and he advised him to retire.

The comments by Dr. Steven Knope at a news conference called by Olson's family offer the first explanation for Olson's sudden retirement last week, two days after he appeared at the Wildcats' media day. Olson said at the time he was energized and looking forward to his 25th season with Arizona.

Knope said an MRI confirmed the stroke in the frontal part of Olson's brain, which left the Hall of Famer with severe depression and impaired judgment.

"This is a rather cruel twist of fate," Knope said at a McKale Center news conference attended by two of Olson's daughters, Jodi Brase and Christi Snyder.

• COLLEGE ATHLETICS -- Fred Glass has been called The Closer. Now he gets to be The Cleaner.

Glass, who orchestrated bringing the Super Bowl to Indianapolis, took on a greater challenge Tuesday by accepting the athletic director's job at Indiana amid an NCAA phone-call scandal and allegations the school failed to properly monitor the men's basketball team.

School officials are awaiting a ruling from the infractions committee.

"We're almost over the long, national nightmare, I hope, because our place is one that has always followed the rules," said Glass. "I think we can have that again."

• NHL -- In Montreal, Saku Koivu scored a shootout goal and Carey Price stopped all three shots in the tiebreaker to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Koivu beat Cam Ward with a backhand on Montreal's second attempt. Price stopped Matt Cullen, Eric Staal and Ray Whitney to seal the win.

Alex Tanguay scored on a penalty shot in the final seconds of the first period and Price stopped 31 shots for Montreal, which closed out a 4-1 homestand despite falling 6-4 to Anaheim on Saturday in the team's first regulation loss of the season.

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