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Sent on Mormon-News: 22Feb01

By Kent Larsen

Subscriber Identifies Additional Mormon Athletes

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Mormon News subscriber Brent Romney noticed another Mormon athlete in the NBA, and was able to confirm another Mormon player in the XFL. The Milwaukee Bucs' Mark Pope was once recruited by BYU, but instead chose to play at the University of Kentucky. Romney was also able to get a confirmation that the San Francisco Demon's Juan Johnson is Mormon.

In the NBA, Mormon players Shawn Bradley and Scot Pollard continue to perform well, playing more than 20 minutes per game and scoring 5 to 10 points per game. The other Mormons in the NBA aren't performing as well, including Pope, who played only about 10 minutes per game and scored just five points during the week.

In Golf, it was an off week for most of the Mormon golfers. Jay Don Blake played in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, tieing for 30th place and Senior PGA player Bruce Summerhays played in the Verizon Classic, tieing for 20th place.


Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball's 2000 season has ended. The MLB's preseason starts March 1st The regular season begins April 1st.



G Min FG/FGA Reb Pts Ppg Bradley, Shawn Center Dallas Mavericks This Week 3 68 10/ 13 14 27 9.0 Year to date 53 1316 141/284 385 375 7.1

Knight, Travis Center New York Knicks This Week 1 1 0/ 0 0 0 0.0 Year to date 33 178 5/ 34 35 17 0.6

Madsen, Mark Forward Los Angeles Lakers This Week 3 25 0/ 1 6 2 0.7 Year to date 39 352 31/ 61 95 75 1.9

Pollard, Scot Forward Sacramento Kings This Week 4 103 9/ 26 31 23 5.8 Year to date 45 872 98/212 230 260 5.8

Pope, Mark Center Milwaukee Bucs This Week 3 35 2/ 7 8 5 1.7 Year to date 39 611 38/ 97 98 93 2.4


The WNBA's season begins May 28.



While the NFL season has ended.


Wide receiver Ben Cahoon of the Montreal Alouettes is LDS, but I don't yet have a source for statistics on him.


Offensive Line Eric Bateman - Las Vegas Outlaws Juan Johnson - San Francisco Demons

[No statistics available]

We have also identified the following possible Mormon players and would appreciate if anyone can confirm either that they are or are not Mormon. Letting us know if any other player is Mormon is also appreciated.

Blaine Berger - Las Vegas Outlaws - Played for Utah, from Idaho Falls Richard O'Donnell - San Francisco Demons - Played for Weber State


PGA Tour

Jay Don Blake This Week: Bob Hope Chrysler Classic T30 66-75-66-68-66 earned $20,343.75 Year to date: Entered 6 events, made cut 5 times, earned $181,637.66

Keith Clearwater This Week: Idle Year to date: Entered 3 events, made cut 0 times, earned $0

Dan Forsman This Week: Idle Year to date: Entered 3 events, made cut 2 times, earned $20,187

Mike Reid This Week: Idle Year to date: Entered 2 events, made cut 1 times, earned $15,566.66

Mike Weir This Week: Idle Year to date: Entered 4 events, made cut 4 times, earned $354,400

Richard Zokol This Week: Idle Year to date: Entered 1 events, made cut 0 times, earned $0

Senior PGA Tour

Billy Casper This Week: Idle Year to date: Idle

Johnny Miller This Week: Idle Year to date: Idle

Bruce Summerhays This Week: Verizon Classic T20 71-71-71 earned $16,870.00 Year to date: Entered 3 events, made cut 3 times, earned $46,690.00


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