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May 12, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
The Lakers might still be talking three-peat if the Milwaukee Bucks had kept Dirk Nowitzki after taking the sharpshooting German phenom in the 1998 NBA draft.… Instead the Bucks traded the No. 9 pick to the Dallas Mavericks in a draft-day deal that brought them No. 6 pick Robert "Tractor" Traylor , found dead Wednesday in Puerto Rico.… Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle this week called Nowitzki a "top 10 player in NBA history....
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May 12, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
The Lakers might still be talking three-peat if the Milwaukee Bucks had kept Dirk Nowitzki after taking the sharpshooting German phenom in the 1998 NBA draft.… Instead the Bucks traded the No. 9 pick to the Dallas Mavericks in a draft-day deal that brought them No. 6 pick Robert "Tractor" Traylor , found dead Wednesday in Puerto Rico.… Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle this week called Nowitzki a "top 10 player in NBA history....
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March 28, 1998 | Associated Press
Like the North Carolina tradition after an assist, Antawn Jamison pointed to his teammates after winning the Associated Press player-of-the-year award Friday. "The thing I remember about this season is the way the team stayed close," Jamison said. "There wasn't a lot of selfishness or people pointing the finger saying they're not getting the same opportunities as Antawn. "For me, payback to them would be to win a national championship."
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April 11, 2001 | MAL FLORENCE
Tony Kornheiser of the Washington Post, writing on Tiger Woods: "What's the 'opposing view' on Tiger, that he's a flash in the pan? That his dominance is bad for golf because it becomes predictable and boring? "Oh, please. Was Henry Ford bad for cars? Was Babe Ruth bad for baseball? "Tiger is great for golf. Look at the TV ratings. Tiger is the one guy in sports who makes the needle jump. Dick Ebersol would kill to get Tiger in the booth in the XFL."
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May 29, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Dirk Nowitzki, who grew up in Germany, told reporters during the NBA's Western Conference semifinals that he has a free-throw ritual to help him relax. The Dallas Mavericks forward said he hums the song "Looking for Freedom" by his boyhood idol, David Hasselhoff. Hasselhoff, who on Friday attended Game 2 of the Mavericks' conference finals series against the Phoenix Suns at Dallas, thought he was hearing things when he found out about it.
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August 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Top-ranked Roger Federer's 23-match winning streak ended in a first-round upset Tuesday. No. 2 Andy Roddick rallied to avoid one of his own. Federer lost a second-set tiebreaker to former doubles partner Dominik Hrbaty and couldn't recover, falling, 1-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, in the Tennis Masters Cincinnati. The world's top player hadn't lost in the first round since the 2003 French Open. "I had a great run," said Federer, whose last loss was to Gustavo Kuerten in the third round at Paris.
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December 23, 1996 | Mike Downey
Downey's California: --Bobby Unser should avoid snowmobiles and stick to something less dangerous, like auto racing. --If UCLA's basketball players are trying to get two head coaches fired in one season, they are going about it in the right way. --Sean Connery played golf in this weekend's Lexus Challenge event at La Quinta. I hear his golf cart was in the shop, getting its ejector seat, oil slick and machine-gun turrets repaired. --Jacksonville is in the playoffs, and L.A.
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March 9, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
If I could tell you which teams will become sleepers in the NCAA tournament, they wouldn't be sleepers. I can tell you that Princeton isn't one. Teams falling for the Tigers' backdoor plays this year should have their SAT scores examined. But if we had an office pool, and I'm sure we don't considering our anti-gambling stance and commitment to California law, one team I would choose to rise above its seeding is Eastern Michigan. The Eagles are seeded 13th in the East.
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February 24, 2000 | MARK HEISLER
All this just for Isaiah Rider's annual reassignment? The NBA general managers spent Wednesday low-balling each other in talks that are expected to produce only a few deals and no blockbusters before today's trade deadline. The plums of the class--the Lakers' Glen Rice and Toronto's Tracy McGrady--are expected to stay where they are, until the end of the season, anyway, when all bets will be off. "I don't think anything is going to happen at all," Laker Executive Vice President Jerry West said.
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March 8, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The interim coach is given little chance of getting the job, but the team is on a roll with the NCAA tournament just ahead. Could history repeat itself at Michigan? Probably not. These Wolverines aren't quite that good, even if they are one of only two teams to beat Duke.
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August 26, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
The best race in the American League? It seems obvious that it's for the title in the West, where the Angels lead Texas by 3 1/2 games. But the Angels also are involved in a close race with Cleveland, the winner possibly earning a stay of execution by avoiding the New York Yankees in the first round of the playoffs. The Yankees, destined to finish with the league's best record, can't face Boston, apparently destined to become the wild-card team, because they're from the same division.
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