June 30, 1999 |
Only seven of the eight quarterfinalists are guaranteed berths in next year's Summer Olympics in Sydney, since one spot goes automatically to the host country, Australia, which was eliminated in the first round here. That means the four quarterfinal winners will qualify for Sydney, along with the three losers that make the best showing. In other words, any team losing 2-0, or worse, in the next two days is in danger of losing its Olympic invitation.
March 5, 1997 |
Paul Westhead, who failed to deliver the exciting, high-scoring game he promised, was fired as basketball coach at George Mason on Tuesday. The Patriots finished their fourth season under Westhead at 10-17, including losses in nine of their last 10 games. "I did the best I could to raise the level of basketball at George Mason University," Westhead said in a written statement. "Our coaching staff worked very hard at turning a down program into a winner.
August 20, 1989 |
Their two tragedies this week were totally unrelated except that both victims' lives revolved around basketball and both died violent, unnecessary deaths barely into adulthood. You feel equally badly for both of them. Ricky Berry, 24, a promising basketball player with the Sacramento Kings, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Carlos Yates, 27, the all-time scoring leader at George Mason University, was gunned down in the street in what apparently was a drug-related killing.
April 1, 2006 |
Even seeing the logo displayed around the RCA Dome is so incongruous, it seems like a prop from a Hollywood movie about the Final Four, some piece of sentimental fiction. "Mason Patriots" has taken its place alongside the cursive UCLA, Florida's toothy Gator and Louisiana State's Tiger. George Mason is a victory over third-seeded Florida from playing for the NCAA championship Monday.
December 22, 1994 |
Paul Ball has resurfaced again. Different town (Fairfax, Va.), different team (George Mason University), same Westhead philosophy: Run. Shoot. Score. Run. Shoot. Score. Give up uncontested layup. Run. Shoot. . . . Score? High. Very high. Try 117 points a game. "We're scoring decently," Westhead said. "We'd like to be in the 120s somewhere." The song, with tempo by Pantera, remains the same.
December 31, 1987 |
Shortly after 11 last Saturday morning, a rack of basketballs sat on the beechwood floor of "The Pit," the University of New Mexico arena that was built in a 56-foot hole on Albuquerque's southeast mesa. The balls awaited the Cal State Long Beach basketball team, which would practice for an hour to prepare for its game that night with Ohio State in the UNM Lobo Invitational Tournament. First to appear in the empty arena was Coach Joe Harrington.