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October 26, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute knows this about James Naismith: He invented basketball, and he was from Canada. Mbah a Moute was among three UCLA players nominated Thursday for the 2007-08 Naismith Trophy, awarded to the nation's top college player. Junior guard Darren Collison and junior forward Josh Shipp were also among the 50 nominees. "It's an honor," Mbah a Moute said. "But it doesn't matter right now. All that matters is the team. My health is good, my knees are fine."
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January 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Anne Donovan was picked to coach the United States women's 2006 world championship and 2008 Olympic basketball teams Thursday. Donovan, a former Olympian, will coach the team at the world championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and at the 2007 Olympic qualifying tournament if necessary. The winner of the world championships automatically qualifies for the Beijing Olympics.
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June 8, 1990 | DAVID RAATZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Morningside High senior Lisa Leslie survived as one of 13 finalists for the 12 spots on the U.S. women's basketball national team during tryouts at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Leslie, the consensus 1990 national high school player of the year, will find out if she made the final cut June 19 after a two-game exhibition series in Cuba. "Certainly, she's very, very talented, especially for her age," U.S. Coach Theresa Grentz said.
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April 28, 1997 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Within the span of an hour Sunday, the bidding war between pro basketball's two women's leagues escalated. The focal point was USC's 6-foot-3 Tina Thompson, who, in a late-hour reversal, signed with the Women's National Basketball Assn. The American Basketball League countered Sunday with an announcement it had signed Connecticut's 6-7 Kara Wolters and Georgia's 6-3 LaKeshia Frett. Thompson said she hopes to be drafted today by the Lakers' WNBA team, the Sparks, who have the draft's third pick.
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September 2, 1993 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cheryl Miller, USC's career scoring and rebounding leader, has been offered the coaching job of the Trojans' women's basketball team, sources familiar with the hiring process told The Times. Negotiations with Miller, who could not be reached Wednesday night, are continuing, and the parties could fail to reach an agreement. USC is said to have backup candidates if Miller refuses the offer.
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May 13, 1997 | From Associated Press
K.C. Jones, the former NBA coach and Celtics guard who was on 12 championship teams, was hired Monday as coach of the New England Blizzard--a coup for the fledgling women's American Basketball League. The ABL and the Blizzard said they would hold a news conference today to welcome the NBA Hall of Famer. "I think it really shows that basketball is basketball," said Pam Batalis, general manager of the Blizzard. "The perception and acceptance of women's sports has come a long way."
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April 1, 2009 | Associated Press
John Calipari agreed Tuesday to leave Memphis and the dominant program he built and take on the challenge -- and riches -- of returning Kentucky to college basketball glory. Calipari will receive an eight-year, $31.65-million deal plus incentives, according to the university, making him the highest-paid coach in college basketball. The school also will pay Memphis a $200,000 buyout. The 50-year-old Calipari has a record of 445-140 in 17 seasons.
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April 3, 2002 | Paul Gutierrez, From Staff and Wire Reports
USC Coach Henry Bibby acknowledged Tuesday that retired Fresno State Coach Jerry Tarkanian approached him at the Final Four and inquired about the possibility of finding a spot on Bibby's staff for his son, Danny, who had been an assistant to his father in Fresno since 1995. "He asked me about it but I don't have an opening," Bibby said. "Nobody's looking to go anywhere."
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