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February 4, 2003 | Eric Sondheimer
The only way either of the Boykin brothers, Jamal and Ruben, escaped his family chores while growing up was to defeat the other in a game of one-on-one basketball. "We have a big yard and big trees, so the loser would have to do a lot of stuff," Jamal said. "You would have to rake the leaves in the front of the house, the side of the house and the back of the house. The games were real personal. You'd feel sorry for the loser, but you didn't want to be raking leaves."
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April 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Alan Taylor, a 6-foot-10 former Granada Hills Kennedy and Brigham Young basketball standout from the 1970s, died on April 14 of diabetes, the Deseret News reported. He was 55. A funeral will be held on Saturday in Reno, Nev. Taylor was the City Section 3A player of the year in 1976. He is survived by five children.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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July 2, 1990 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The children at the junior high in Carson listened carefully as Frank Lubin, a former U.S. Olympic basketball player, spoke during a recent career day. Lubin told the youngsters to stay in school and to avoid drugs and alcohol because they had the potential to be Olympic athletes. When Lubin was finished, they pestered him for autographs. It was the repeat of a scene from the early part of the century.
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April 21, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC basketball player Byron Wesley, who announced last week that he would graduate this summer and transfer for his final season of eligibility, has been contacted by seven schools, he told USCFootball.com. Wesley, a guard who was the Trojans' leading scorer last season, told reporter Chris Swanson that he had been contacted by Indiana, Baylor, Michigan State, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Providence. "I'm still trying to narrow down my list right now and take a few official visits," Wesley told Swanson . "I want to check out some schools, meet the coaches, players on the team and everyone.
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July 6, 1988
David Robinson and Danny Manning head the list of players invited to begin training later this month for berths on the U.S. Olympic basketball teams. Also invited to Georgetown University July 17 were Willie Anderson, Stacey Augmon, Vernell Coles, Sean Elliott, Danny Ferry, Jeff Grayer, Hersey Hawkins, Randolph Keys, Todd Lichti, Dan Majerle, Alonzo Mourning, Dyron Nix, J.R. Reid, Mitch Richmond, Dwayne Schintzius, Brian Shaw, Charles Smith of Georgetown and Charles Smith of Pittsburgh.
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January 21, 1992 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Earnest Killum, a Southland high school basketball star who was playing with Oregon State University, died Monday, three days after suffering his second stroke in six months. Killum suffered a massive stroke Friday shortly after concluding an interview in which he talked about a mild stroke he suffered in July. He was cleared on Dec. 27 to join the basketball team.
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April 12, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Name; Pos.; Ht.; Wt.; Previous school; Comment Jordan Adams; SG; 6-5; 205; Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy; One of the top perimeter shooting prospects in the country should boost Bruins' three-point accuracy. Kyle Anderson; PG; 6-8; 215; Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony; A versatile talent who can play the one to the four but will probably utilize exceptional basketball IQ as starting point guard. *Larry Drew II; PG; 6-2; 180; North Carolina; Played two full seasons and part of a third for Tar Heels.
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November 24, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
Player, School, Size, Year, Comment Jordan Bell, Long Beach Poly, 6-7, Senior. Oregon signee is prolific shot blocker Isaac Hamilton, St. John Bosco, 6-5, Senior. UTEP signee averaged 26.0 points Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Loyola, 5-9, Junior. Unselfish with great instincts Marcus Jackson, Pacific Hills, 6-3, Senior. Rice signee is three-point specialist Jordan McLaughlin, Etiwanda, 5-11, Junior. Athletic, explosive and plays defense Chance Murray, Price, 6-2, Senior.
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March 11, 2013 | By Diane Pucin and Gary Klein
USC has suspended basketball players James Blasczyk and Dewayne Dedmon for their alleged role in an incident that happened early Sunday morning in Spokane, Wash., after the Trojans' loss to Washington State. “James Blasczyk and Dewayne Dedmon have been suspended indefinitely from all team activities because of a violation of a team rule," Coach Bob Cantu said in a statement. “Separately, we are aware of the Spokane investigation into an alleged incident involving those players and we are cooperating with the authorities to determine the facts. Until we learn all the facts, it would be inappropriate to comment further.” On Sunday, Monique Cotton, communications director for the Spokane police, said that 10 to 12 officers responded to a call about a large fight in downtown Spokane about 2 a.m. Sunday.
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March 19, 2013 | By David Wharton
March Madness does not officially begin until first-round games tip off this afternoon, but already we have a winner. The women. In what has become an annual -- and predictable -- result, the teams in the women's NCAA tournament outscore the men's postseason teams when it comes to classroom performance. The programs in the women's field graduate an average of 90% of their players compared with 70% for the men, according to a study released Tuesday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.
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April 9, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball on Wednesday, making the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports days after coming out to his family and teammates. " 'Happy' is not even the word," Gordon told Outsports. "It's a great feeling. I haven't felt like this. Ever. It's a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders. I can finally breathe now and live life happily. I told all the people I need to tell. " It's a dramatic turnaround for Gordon, a sophomore starter who averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds a game for the Minutemen this season.
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April 7, 2014 | By Mark Brilliant
The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men's basketball players who reject the NCAA's precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes. At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations Board in a campaign to be recognized as "employees" eligible to unionize. For some college football fans, this evokes disturbing images of burly 18- to 22-year-old player-proletarians marching on picket lines instead of lined up on offensive or defensive lines, much less seated in classrooms.
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Watching Jordin Canada of L.A. Windward dribble a basketball is like getting the chance to see the Mona Lisa in Paris. It's perfection on display. Then, to see Canada make a precision pass when defenders converge around her only adds to her allure as the best girls' point guard in California, if not in the nation. She has been selected The Times' girls' basketball player of the year after averaging 17.2 points and 6.9 assists in leading Windward to the Southern Section Open Division championship.
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April 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
A former sports agent says he provided payments to a basketball star while the player competed in high school and for UCLA. Noah Lookofsky said Tyler Honeycutt and Honeycutt's mother, Lisa Stazel, were given money to cover rent, travel and the down payment on a car as the agent tried to coax them toward a representation agreement. Lookofsky said during a phone interview Wednesday afternoon that he had documentation proving he invested more than $55,000 in Honeycutt, but that "the true number is actually north of $100,000.
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March 26, 2014 | By Jon Healey
It's hard to imagine how the National Labor Relations Board could become any less popular among Republicans, but it certainly seems to be trying. On Wednesday, Peter Sung Ohr, the board's regional director in Chicago, ruled that football players at Northwestern University were employees of the school with the right to unionize , and he pledged to schedule a vote on unionization at a later date. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a former president of the University of Tennessee, quickly denounced the ruling in a statement.
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March 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Chaminade Coach Todd Wolfson is borrowing a page from the Pete Carroll playbook in trying to have some fun during the pressure of going for a championship. He had been telling his players to prepare for a "hard" practice session on Wednesday in preparing for Saturday's Division III Southern California Regional final against Santa Margarita. Instead, he went to In-N-Out and bought 32 double-doubles. The team will only concentrate on shooting Wednesday while enjoying its moment of food ecstasy.
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June 25, 1992 | JAN HUBBARD, NEWSDAY
The 1992 Olympic basketball team is perhaps the best ever, but it was only the second best team on the court Wednesday. The developmental squad made up of top college players defeated the Olympic team in a 20-minute scrimmage. No one was disclosing the final score, but the collegians won by eight points. "We got killed today," Michael Jordan said. "They beat us and they played well. We're so out of sync and so unsure about things that we feel comfortable with in normal situations.
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March 15, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer, This story has been corrected. See below
Stanley Johnson Jr., Santa Ana Mater Dei High's star senior, belongs in any conversation about the Southland's very best high school basketball players. He has played every position, been a force on defense and has won three state championships - and in zeroing in on a possible fourth. Here is a look at a few other local products who belong in that same conversation: • Gail Goodrich, Sun Valley Poly: As a senior in 1961, the 5-foot-11 Goodrich led Poly to the City Section championship.
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