NEW YORK -- Karl Malone left the U.S. Olympic team Wednesday
after learning of the sudden death of his mother.
Malone left the team hotel before practice and was flying home
to Arkansas. It was not immediately known how long he would be away
from the U.S. men's basketball team, which is in New York training
for a qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico beginning Aug. 20.
A USA Basketball spokesman said Shirley Jackson Malone, who had
not been ill, evidently died of a heart attack.