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  Detmer tears his Achilles'
LDS quarterback Ty Detmer is out for the season, leaving the Cleveland Browns scrambling to find a new quarterback. Detmer tore his right achilles tendon Saturday night in a pre-season game against the Chicago Bears.

  LDS Coach's Journey to NCAA's Division I
When Mike Leach was a student at BYU, he didn't think he'd coach football. He studied hard at BYU, then worked his way through law school at Pepperdine. Now Leach finds himself mentioned as a possible replacement for famed BYU coach LaVell Edwards when Edwards eventually retires. Leach is head coach at Texas Tech, and on his journey to that post he has gone from the NAIA ranks to a semi-pro team in Finland. After years of hard work, however, Leach has gone from assisting at small colleges to leading a Division I team against powerhouses like Nebraska.

  University of Wisconsin Gets LDS Guard
Ricky Bower, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard from Nampa, Idaho made an oral commitment to join the University of Wisconsin's men's basketball team. An opening left by Julian Swartz, a Waukesha South graduate who decided to sit out this season but will return in 2001, allowed Bower to fill the scholarship slot. Bower recently returned from a two-year mission in Poland for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  LDS Boxing Hall-of-Famer Honored with Rec Center
Gene Fullmer, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and a Boxing hall of Fame inductee, was honored recently in Salt Lake County. The county will open the Gene Fullmer Fitness and Recreation Center on Friday. Fullmer, who boxed in the 1950s and 1960s, will be at the grand opening with his family.

  RM Football Player Returns in Shape
After a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sione Tafuna is back at the University of Hawaii and ready to play football. The 6 ft. 175 lb. offensive lineman is more fit for the game now, than when he left. Most LDS missionaries require months of training to recoup their former status without the benefit of weight room or regimented diet, but no so for Tafuna.

  Joyner Hits 2000th Career Hit, Kent back in RBI race
The Atlanta Braves' Wally Joyner followed up his 200th career homer with his 2,000th career hit this past week. The 15-year veteran is the 213th player to reach the 2,000 career hits mark. But Joyner was again relgated to backup 1st baseman this week as the Brave's Andres Gallaraga returned from the disabled list.

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