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October 14, 2009 | Mike Penner
In honor of John Wooden's 99th birthday, here are 99 things you may, or may not, know about the legendary former UCLA basketball coach: 1 . He was born in Martinsville, Ind., on Oct. 14, 1910. 2. Wooden led Martinsville High to the Indiana state title in 1927 and runner-up finishes in 1926 and 1928. 3. As a boy, one of his role models was Fuzzy Vandivier of the Franklin Wonder Five, a basketball team that dominated Indiana high school basketball from 1919 to 1922.
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July 4, 2005
.Colleges that have had players drafted No. 1 in the NFL and NBA drafts: Utah * NBA, 2005: Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee, C. * NFL, 2005: Alex Smith, San Francisco, QB. Michigan * NBA, 1993: Chris Webber, Orlando, F; 1966: Cazzie Russell, New York, F. * NFL, 1941: Tom Harmon, Chicago Bears, RB. LSU * NBA, 1992: Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando, C. * NFL, 1960: Billy Cannon, Los Angeles Rams, RB. Syracuse * NBA, 1990: Derrick Coleman, New Jersey, F. * NFL, 1962: Ernie Davis, Washington, RB.
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December 25, 1997 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Though it might be less about Coach Steve Lavin's claims that teams are purposely fouling UCLA players at every opportunity than the abilities of J.R. Henderson, Toby Bailey and Baron Davis to get to the basket and draw whistles, the Bruins have gone to the free-throw line at a stepped-up pace recently. In its last two games--victories over Boise State and Saint Louis--UCLA has attempted 88 free throws and made 60. Overall, the Bruins are averaging 30.1 attempts a game, but are making only 65.
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August 8, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Shaquille O'Neal, first pick in the 1992 NBA draft, signed a contract with the Orlando Magic on Friday that reportedly is worth $40 million over seven years. The deal is thought to be the most lucrative in team sports history. The 7-foot-1, 300-pound center from Louisiana State is the most-heralded NBA prospect since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar--then known as Lew Alcindor--joined the league in 1969. O'Neal averaged 24.1 points, 14 rebounds and 5.2 blocked shots last season, his third at LSU.
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March 27, 1987 | United Press International
University of Nevada Las Vegas police want to question troubled basketball recruit Lloyd Daniels, who is already facing drug charges, about the theft of several NCAA Final Four tickets from the school's ticket office, a spokesman said Wednesday. Ed Rivas, campus police chief, said someone reached through the window at the UNLV ticket office Wednesday and took five $50 tickets for Saturday's Final Four semifinal game between Indiana and UNLV. Several of the tickets were later returned.
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January 23, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Four of the finest players in UCLA basketball history--Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Ann Meyers and Denise Curry--will be honored at halftime of the Bruins' game against DePaul on Feb. 3 when their uniform numbers will be retired. The four numbers--Abdul-Jabbar's 33, Walton's 32, Meyers' 15 and Curry's 12--will be the first UCLA basketball numbers ever retired. All four players received All-America honors at least three times.
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February 14, 1992 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The moment came and went seemingly without notice, much the same as it did 23 years ago, when Lew Alcindor broke Gail Goodrich's record at home to become the Bruins' leading scorer. Back then, there was no fanfare; the game wasn't even stopped. Heck, even Alcindor, who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, doesn't remember it: "In those days I guess people didn't pay too much attention or as much attention as they do now," he said last week.
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November 15, 1997
An ego as big as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's is a very ugly thing. Do you really think that anyone could confuse one of basketball's all-time greats with Karim Abdul-Jabbar, the football player? Does Kareem actually think he has suffered "damages?" Does he really need more money? Kareem shouldn't tarnish his wonderful achievements with this kind of pettiness. He needs to focus on his next challenge instead of living in the past. This is, as Chick Hearn would say, "No harm, no foul." Maybe if Karim Abdul-Jabbar would have seen this side of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he would have chosen the name of someone with more class.
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November 19, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Author Steve McKee has published, on his website, audio recordings of what he writes is a "never before heard" conversation with legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who died at age 99 in 2010. McKee wrote on the site that the interview took place May 18, 1991, 16 years after Wooden had retired from UCLA, where he won 10 national championships. The interview was  conducted for a book he was writing, McKee wrote. He adds that the interview is segmented into 24 parts, each identified by its content.  The segments range from talk about Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton to how Wooden improved as a coach in the off-season to his decision to retire, and much more.  Here is a link to his webpage that contains links to all 24 parts  of the interview with Wooden.
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