Milestones Apr. 2, 2001

HIRED. BOBBY KNIGHT, 60, preternaturally boorish and abusive basketball coach who was dismissed from Indiana University last September, after 29 years of service, for grabbing a student by the arm and violating a zero-tolerance behavior policy; as new head coach at Texas Tech, despite a faculty-written petition objecting to his appointment; in Lubbock, Texas.

HOSPITALIZED. BILL JOHNSON, 40, Olympic downhill-skiing champion in 1984 and the first American man to win a World Cup downhill race; in a coma after crashing face-first on icy slopes at about 45 m.p.h.; in Whitefish, Mont. Johnson was attempting to stage a comeback and remake the...

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