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March 5, 1997 | MIKE DOWNEY
The bus ride of Ruben Garces fascinated me. I do not remember the longest time I ever spent on a bus, but after Ruben completed summer school in Compton and left for college to play basketball, his bus took quite a while to reach its destination. He rode it to Rhode Island. "It was a little hard for me, yes," recalls Garces, who is originally from Panama, "since I am, you know, 6-9."
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March 5, 1997 | MIKE DOWNEY
The bus ride of Ruben Garces fascinated me. I do not remember the longest time I ever spent on a bus, but after Ruben completed summer school in Compton and left for college to play basketball, his bus took quite a while to reach its destination. He rode it to Rhode Island. "It was a little hard for me, yes," recalls Garces, who is originally from Panama, "since I am, you know, 6-9."
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January 27, 2001 | From News Services
Michael Jordan said it's no accident that he hasn't attended Washington Wizards' practices. The five-time NBA most valuable player, who is now a fledgling executive, said he's fighting the urge to lace up his sneakers and show his struggling team what it means to be a winner. "There's a strategy to this madness," Jordan, who joined the Wizards as the team's president of basketball operations a year ago, said in an interview from his Washington office.
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March 22, 1997 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
We know now they prefer to be called "Mocs" instead of Moccasins and just plain ol' Chattanooga. But dreams of further inquiries into this tournament's longshot story ended when Providence defeated Tennessee Chattanooga, 71-65, in Friday's late Southeast Regional semifinal game at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center. The No. 10-seeded Friars (24-11) play No. 4 Arizona in the regional final Sunday.
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January 7, 1997 | From Associated Press
Providence Coach Pete Gillen says he doesn't want his team ranked in the Top 25. He may no longer have a choice. The Friars routed No. 8 Villanova, 91-68, in a Big East Conference game Monday night at Providence, R.I., for their sixth consecutive victory. Last week, Providence beat then-No. 18 Texas. The last time Providence was ranked was during the 1988-89 season. "That's the last thing we're concerned with. I don't know if our team can handle that, very frankly," Gillen said.
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March 5, 1997 | JEFF FLETCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tom Samson, the only four-year letterman on Cal State Northridge's basketball team, has been through a full range of emotions with the Matadors. But never has he felt like he has in this week building up to the Big Sky Conference tournament. "I have never lost so much sleep," said Samson, Northridge's center. "Since Saturday night, I honestly can't think of anything else. I know a lot of people say that for effect, but I'm totally honest.
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November 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
Everybody knows the NBA's power resides out West--in Los Angeles, Portland, San Antonio, Utah . . . and don't forget Phoenix. Led by the ever-energized Jason Kidd, and playing tough defense under coach Scott Skiles, the Suns have shot to the top of the early season standings in the Pacific Division. At 7-1 entering the weekend, Phoenix is off to its second-best start--and it doesn't even have Penny Hardaway or Tom Gugliotta yet.
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March 24, 1997 | From Associated Press
Arizona was supposed to be a Final Four contender next season, but the Wildcats didn't want to wait that long. The impatience of youth worked just fine for Arizona, which became the most unlikely of the Final Four teams by beating Providence, 96-92, in overtime Sunday to win the NCAA Southeast Regional. "Certainly, this was not expected," said Coach Lute Olson, whose team began the season with four new starters and has no seniors in the playing rotation.
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November 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
Leading the Orlando Magic is nothing new to Darrell Armstrong. With Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady unable to play, Armstrong carried Orlando with 21 points as the Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks, 107-104, Saturday night at Atlanta. "We needed somebody to step up," said Armstrong, who led the Magic last season in scoring, assists, steals and minutes played. "We didn't care who it was. The whole team stepped up." Armstrong scored 11 points in the fourth quarter on five-for-seven shooting.
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March 7, 1996 | From Associated Press
Look, everybody can't go. Besides, March is the time for Madness, not maudlin sentiment. When Lou Henson announced his retirement, it seemed only right that his Illinois team make another appearance in the NCAA tournament for the old coach, even if the Illini only make their usual quick bow-out. But after Wednesday night's 77-67 loss to Michigan State at East Lansing, Illinois is only 7-10 in the Big Ten, 18-11 overall.
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