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March 8, 2008
I am the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Encino, the church which Coach John Wooden regularly attends. I speak here on my own behalf, and not on behalf of Coach Wooden, Nan Muehlhausen, or any other member of the Wooden family. Thank you for attempting to lay out the facts of what transpired the day that Coach Wooden suffered his injury and was hospitalized. I hope that your article has defused any misunderstanding. At the same time, I am deeply troubled that this matter has been aired publicly at all. As a pastor, I deal every day with families who are facing the very difficult questions surrounding the care of elderly persons.
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April 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Law enforcement officials say a man who was shot and killed Sunday afternoon by Long Beach police pulled out a pair of scissors during a clash at a Target store in Compton before leading Sheriff's deputies on a chase into Long Beach, where he got out of his vehicle with a large wooden stick in hand. Security officers first tried to detain the man at the Target on South Alameda Street for “a crime allegedly committed at the store,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said late Sunday.
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June 13, 2010 | By Mike Penner
1) He was born in Hall, Ind., on Oct. 14, 1910. 2) Wooden led Martinsville High to the Indiana state title in 1927. 3) 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. 4) He was a three-time high school all-state selection. 5) Wooden met his future wife, Nell Riley, at a carnival in July 1926. 6) They married in August 1932. Afterward, they attended a Mills Brothers concert to celebrate.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It came during a pause in the national anthem, loud and clear. “Fire D'Antoni!” was the yell from a single fan before the Lakers played Houston on Tuesday. Don't tell that to Steve Nash, who came to the defense of Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni earlier in the day. “With the amount of injuries and the rebuilding and the evaluating different players, I don't know that any coach is going to be real successful this season,” Nash said. “John Wooden is not going to be dealt a great hand with all the change and injuries we've had. You look at it every week, someone else goes down.” The Lakers will take their time evaluating D'Antoni.
SPORTS
June 3, 2010
1910: Born the third of six children to Joshua and Roxie Wooden on Oct. 14, in Hall, Ind. His father, a rural mail carrier, takes care of the family farm, which has no running water or electricity. Like many farm families, the Woodens go bankrupt and lose their farm, shortly after moving to Martinsville, Ind. 1924-28: Wooden is a star athlete at Martinsville High. A four-year letterwinner, he leads his team to the state championship in 1927 and is runner-up twice (1926 and 1928)
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June 10, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
If all who were touched by John Wooden could attend his memorial, the Rose Bowl wouldn't be big enough. … The principled, Indiana-bred Wooden was "so square," Jim Murray once wrote, "he was divisible by four." … Wooden was a smoker — he picked up the habit while serving in the Navy during World War II — but never smoked during the season and had quit altogether by the time he retired in 1975. … He did not drink. … His musical tastes ran to Lawrence Welk and the Mills Brothers, the latter of whom he saw perform on his wedding night.
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June 13, 2010 | By Gail Goodrich
I have so many memories of Coach Wooden, but the one that's most vivid for me came in 1964 when we were playing Duke for the national championship — the first UCLA championship. We're 29-0 at the time and the No. 1 team in the country, but Duke is still favored. In the locker room before the game, Coach gets up for his pregame talk. He says, "We got here playing a certain way — making this a 94-foot game. How many of you remember who finished second last year?" No one raised their hand.
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June 6, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Every generation needs its Socrates, and now ours is gone. John Wooden coached us through life, and we learned a few things about basketball along the way too. As he got older of body, he got younger of mind. He never yelled, but when he spoke, the room fell silent. He told us things that didn't slap us in the face, but crept slowly into our hearts and minds until, fully absorbed, we understood. In life, he was both an inspiration and a crutch. As rotten as things could get, as much as evil and cheating and laziness prevailed, there was always Wooden to look to for hope and guidance.
SPORTS
March 30, 2002
The caption under the photograph of Luke Walton on the front page of the March 21 sports section seems to have accidentally switched a key capital letter. In reference to Bill Walton, instead of reading "My dad is like a Wooden freak," it should have read "My dad is like a wooden freak." Josh Clark San Marino
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June 13, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
Even though most people call him Coach, John Wooden prefers to think of himself as a teacher, and not just one who taught hundreds of UCLA basketball players during his 27 seasons coaching the Bruins. His "Pyramid of Success," a diagram of core values, has helped shape the lives of thousands. Wooden, 95, who won a record 10 national championships at UCLA and is widely considered the greatest coach in the history of college basketball, is largely unaffected by his success. He still lives in the modest Encino condominium he has called home since 1972.
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April 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
Monday night's NCAA tournament final between Kentucky and Connecticut marks 50 seasons since UCLA's first basketball championship -- a title the Bruins might not have won if not for the cheerleaders. In his book, "Wooden: A Coach's Life," Seth Davis recalls that UCLA was tied with Kansas State late in the 1963-64 semifinal when the cheerleaders finally showed up. Their connecting flight had been delayed by a Chicago snowstorm. How important were they? Two of the young women were dating starters.
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March 20, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Seven players have been selected as John R. Wooden Award winners for high school basketball as players of the year. They are Westchester's Elijah Stewart (City Section); Mater Dei's Stanley Johnson (Division I); St. John Bosco's Daniel Hamilton (Division II); Chaminade's Jack Williams (Division III); Bishop Montgomery's Justin Bibbins (Division IV); San Gabriel Academy's Marcus LoVett Jr. (Division V), and Trinity Classical Academy's Ryan Brooks (Division VI). They will be presented their awards on April 11 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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January 31, 2014 | By Allen Barra
In July 2009, a year before his death at age 99, John Wooden was named by the Sporting News as the top coach in the history of American sports. Not many argued with the selection. Over his 29-year career he won 664 of 826 games for a winning percentage of .804. From 1964 through 1975 his UCLA Bruins won 10 NCAA championships, and UCLA's games drew higher TV ratings than most NBA games. Surprising as it seems, Wooden, arguably the most influential coach in basketball history, has never had a definitive biography until now. In "Wooden: A Coach's Life," Seth Davis, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and studio analyst for CBS Sports, has written a virtual cutaway view of the history and evolution of basketball in the form of a biography.
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January 26, 2014 | McClatchy Newspapers
Tom Gola, a Philadelphia-born athlete once described by the late UCLA coach John Wooden as "the greatest all-around basketball player" he had ever seen, died Sunday at a care facility in Meadowbrook, Pa. He was 81. Gola had been convalescing since injuring his head in a 2003 fall from a Philadelphia curb. His wife Caroline confirmed his death to the Philadelphia Daily News. The square-jawed son of a Philadelphia policeman, Gola won championships at every level of basketball, coached a college team many consider to be the best in Philadelphia's history, and was elected to state and citywide offices.
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December 21, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The freshman-sophomore basketball team from Reseda Cleveland High is in a panic. It's their first home game, their friends are whooping at them from the creaky stands in the musty gym, and they can't find the basket. In their first four trips down the court against San Fernando High, they rush to the hoop and miss layups, their offense quickly dissolving into a chaotic blur. On the sideline, the kid coach with the oversized dark blue tie hanging between rolled-up light blue sleeves stares quietly at the court.
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December 19, 2013
Steve Alford opened his first news conference as UCLA basketball coach by saying taking the job was easy. "It goes back to four letters, U-C-L-A," Alford said. "I think if it is anywhere else, this is not a decision that would have been made. " Yet, what those four letters mean is open for interpretation as the NCAA championship banners in the Pauley Pavilion rafters continue to fade with age. UCLA was once prime real estate in the college basketball world. The Bruins have 11 national titles, 10 won by Coach John Wooden between 1964 and 1975.
SPORTS
June 5, 2010
We all die, but I was really hoping in Coach Wooden's case an exception could be made. Tom Scarpelli Northridge :: While Coach Wooden would no doubt have been embarrassed by such a public tribute, he would have appreciated the eloquent power of the written word. Hat's off to your writers. They were at their best when their best was needed. Robert Campbell Palos Verdes Estates :: Several years ago, I had an opportunity to have lunch with John Wooden by virtue of an auction at a charity event.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi and Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
They weren't even born when revered UCLA basketball coach John Wooden had his glory days and string of national championships. Yet hundreds of students still gathered on campus in his honor and mourned his death Friday night. As word of Wooden's passing spread, more than 500 students joined a somber, candlelit remembrance of the legendary coach across from the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, where he had died minutes before at the age of 99. When Wooden's children stepped outside the building, the crowd greeted them with chants of "Wooden!
SPORTS
December 1, 2013 | Wire reports
Senior point guard Xavier Thames scored a career-high 29 points as San Diego State held off a late rally to beat No. 25 Marquette, 67-59, in the championship game of the Wooden Legacy on Sunday night at Anaheim. The score was tied at 53-53 with 3 minutes 25 seconds left at Honda Center, but then the Aztecs (5-1) went on a 14-4 run to knock off their second top-25 opponent in two games. Thames, who was selected the tournament's most valuable player, made seven of 16 shots, including five of six three-point attempts.
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November 26, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Creighton and Marquette, both ranked in the Associated Press men's top 25, are the headliners in the Wooden Legacy basketball tournament that begins Thursday at Cal State Fullerton. Creighton (4-0), ranked 20th, is led by All-American candidate Doug McDermott, a 6-foot-8 forward who is averaging 27.5 points per game and shooting 50% from three-point range. McDermott, whose father, Greg McDermott, is Creighton's coach, was second in the country in scoring last season with an average of 23.2 points per game.
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