February 22, 2014 |
Lauren Holiday sits pensively, hands clasped in her lap, a UCLA basketball practice jersey folded around her. Rocking slightly, she leans forward in her chair as she struggles to remember the incidents that changed her life. She had been asked about the series of head injuries she has endured in her two seasons as a college basketball player: How many were there? When did they happen? And how? "To be honest, I don't really remember," she says quietly from time to time. And then: "My memory is really bad now because of them.
February 3, 2014 |
Either I just happened to pick the right games at the right time or the number of outstanding big men playing high school basketball is multiplying. My weekend started with Loyola at Chaminade on Friday. There was 7-foot McDonald's All American Thomas Welsh of Loyola. He just keeps getting better and better. With his work ethic, the sky is truly the limit. And 6-10 sophomore Trevor Stanback of Chaminade keeps improving, too. Wait until he's a senior. Then there was 6-8 senior Jack Williams of Chaminade.
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January 26, 2014 |
Tom Gola, a Philadelphia-born athlete once described by the late UCLA coach John Wooden as "the greatest all-around basketball player" he had ever seen, died Sunday at a care facility in Meadowbrook, Pa. He was 81. Gola had been convalescing since injuring his head in a 2003 fall from a Philadelphia curb. His wife Caroline confirmed his death to the Philadelphia Daily News. The square-jawed son of a Philadelphia policeman, Gola won championships at every level of basketball, coached a college team many consider to be the best in Philadelphia's history, and was elected to state and citywide offices.
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November 2, 2013
Walt Bellamy All-Star basketball player Walt Bellamy, 74, a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee whose professional career spanned 14 seasons, died Saturday, the day after he attended the season home opener of the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks confirmed the death but did not give further details. Bellamy, whose nickname in his playing days was Bells, was not one of the major stars of the sport, but he racked up an impressive list of awards and honors: Olympic gold medalist in 1960, NBA Rookie of the Year in 1962, four-time All-Star and then the Hall of Fame in 1993.
October 25, 2013 |
Bill Sharman, an All-Star guard for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s who became coach of the Lakers and led the team to its first NBA championship in Los Angeles in record-setting fashion, died Friday. He was 87. Sharman, who suffered a stroke last week, died at his home in Redondo Beach, said his wife, Joyce. Sharman was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1976 and as a coach in 2004, joining John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens as the only men honored in both roles, and in 1996 was selected as one of the 50 greatest players of the NBA's first 50 years.
October 24, 2013 |
California has shared two conference football championships since 1960. Its basketball team has won one title during that time. Now the Bears sit atop the Pac-12 Conference schools in the least desirable standings. Golden Bears athletes have the worst graduation rates in both sports, according to an NCAA report released Thursday. The Bears graduated only 44% of its football players who came to school from 2003-06. Only 38% of its basketball players had earned a degree in that time.
October 4, 2013 |
The UCLA's women's basketball team lost a second key player for the season. Friday, the Bruins announced that junior forward Kacy Swain will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. UCLA Coach Cori Close said, "I am very pleased with the steps of growth that I saw in Kacy during the off-season. This makes her injury more disappointing and she won't be able to build on those steps this season. " Swain averaged 3.1 points and 3.0 rebounds last season and was second in blocked shots.
October 4, 2013 |
USC freshman guard Kahlil Dukes from Hartford, Conn., and 7-foot center D.J. Haley, a senior from Palmdale who transferred from Virginia Commonwealth, missed practice Friday with minor injuries. The 5-foot-11 Dukes has a strained left hamstring and Haley a sprained neck. Coach Andy Enfield expects both to be ready by mid-to-late October. USC's opening game is at Utah State is Nov. 8. ALSO: Alex Rodriguez sues MLB, says Bud Selig is out to destroy him Angels slugger Albert Pujols sues Jack Clark over PED allegations Dusty Baker won't return as Cincinnati Reds manager, report says
August 22, 2013 |
LeBron James, the reigning MVP of the NBA, was asked to name the top three basketball players of all-time in a recent interview with Fox Sports. At first, James struggled. "Michael Jordan," James said. "Uhhh, wow, Michael Jordan. [James then proceeded to make a chipmunk noise.] Ahh, this is tough. " After stalling, James decided on the next two players on his list: Dr. J and Larry Bird. "You give me three, oh my God," James said. The interviewer then pointed out that James picked Bird instead of Magic Johnson, a controversial choice considering their rivalry.
August 16, 2013 |
Zach Hodskins, whose left arm ends at his elbow and who became a YouTube sensation after a video was posted of him playing basketball, has been offered a spot as a walk-on at the University of Florida by Coach Billy Donovan. Hodskins has played high school and AAU ball over the last few years. He hasn't decided yet whether to accept the offer, which would guarantee Hodskins a place on the team, but he won't get a scholarship. Before you cry out "gimmick for publicity," watch the video of Hodskins playing.