Leggatt getting things sorted

KEN FIDLIN, TORONTO SUN

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Sometimes Ian Leggatt must wonder just what it was he did in a previous life to deserve the frustration he endures in this one. The late-blooming PGA player from Cambridge once again began the 2005 season on the disabled list after undergoing his second wrist surgery in the past nine months this week.

Health and injury problems have kept him from performing anywhere near his ability the past two years and it promises to be well into this one before he gets back into the swing.

But at least this time there is optimism his problems have been solved.

In 2002, after a dozen years as a pro on various tours, Leggatt, 36, won his first -- and only -- PGA tournament, at the Tucson Open. He went on to collect nearly $1.25 million US that season and believed his career had finally taken off.

Since the dawn of 2003, however, it has been one thing after another.

Early in 2003 he had to take time off with a serious sinus infection. After that, he developed Epstein-Barr virus that attacked his immune system. In all, he missed the cut or withdrew from 15 of 26 events he entered in 2003. Then came the battle with carpal tunnel syndrome that led to surgery last April.

Initially, the surgery was expected to keep him out of action for only a couple of months but that time frame stretched on into the fall. He went to Australia just before the end of the year and played three tournaments but it was clear the problem hadn't gone away. This week, he went under the knife again in Phoenix, where he makes his home.

This time the surgery is expected to successfully deal with the problem. The surgeon discovered a small ligament tear that had gone undetected previously. Naturally enough, given his recent history, Leggatt is shy about setting a return date but it's believed he'll be able to swing a club without pain by early March.

'BRICK' HAMILTON

Here's something you don't see every day: the other night in a 101-79 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Richard Hamilton led the Detroit Pistons in scoring with 14 points, without making a field goal.

When was the last time you saw that happen? Well, never, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, gods of sports statistics.

Hamilton missed all 10 of his shots from the floor and made every one of his 14 foul shots to become the first NBA player to lead his team in scoring without making a field goal.

TRUE CONFESSION

Vince Carter admitted to coach/broadcaster John Thompson that he didn't work as hard at his game as he might have when he was in Toronto.

"I was fortunate to have the talent," Carter said. "You get spoiled when you're able to do a lot of things. You see that you don't have to work at it."

Hey Vince, tell us something we don't know. You didn't think it was obvious to everyone? He's lighting it up some for New Jersey right now but just wait until the bloom goes off that rose.

Leo Rautins, bless his heart, has it right.

"Sooner or later," Rautins said, "they'll see his true colors."

TAKE THE YEAR OFF, KID

The bad news for the Washington Capitals is that No. 1 pick Alexander Ovechkin injured his shoulder against Canada in the finale of the world junior championship. The good news is that he'll have plenty of time to recover before the Capitals require his services.

HALL OF FAME PUZZLER

Another Baseball Hall of Fame vote has come and gone and several stars of the 1980s, guys who looked like slam-dunk inductees when they were playing, have been left out.

The two most glaring examples to this voter are Jack Morris and Andre Dawson, especially in a year when Wade Boggs got in.

At the peak of their careers, there isn't a general manager alive or dead who wouldn't have traded Boggs straight up for either Morris or Dawson. Morris won more games than any other pitcher of his era. Dawson had a rare combination of power (438 homers) and speed (314 steals) and had 2,774 hits. Boggs deserves to be in.

But so do the other two.


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