| Mormons in NCAAs: BYU, 'Cinderella,' Wisconsin Lose, Utah State, Duke and Stanford Win
|With all but one of the college basketball teams with
Mormon players playing in yesterday's games, half of the teams were
eliminated, two of them in very close games. The mostly-Mormon "Cinderella"
team, Southern Utah University, lost to Boston College in a game that was
only decided in the final minute and a half, while Wisconsin, with its
Mormon player Ricky Bower playing at 'home,' lost by just one point to
Georgia State. But Mormons playing on Utah State, Duke and Stanford all saw
wins in their first round games.
| Bower Goes Home ... to Play in NCAA Tournament
|Most players connect playing in the NCAA men's
basketball tournament with traveling to a distant city and playing before a
neutral to hostile crowd. But while LDS basketball player Ricky Bower will
have to travel to play in this year's "March Madness," Bower will be going
home. And he hopes that playing at home will be an advantange for his team.
| Pollard's Friendship with Vaughn Survives Differences
|They are known as the NBA's Odd Couple. The
Jazz's Jacque Vaughn and the Kings' Scot Pollard are friends for
life. Thrown together as roommates at the University of Kansas in
1993, Little Jacque and Big Scot were strangers from two different
worlds. Vaughn was soft-spoken, thoughtful and liked to read and
write poetry. Pollard was free-spirited, fresh off 500 hours of
community service for his youthful misdeeds and trying to separate
himself from his LDS Church roots.
| Are Olympics the LDS Church's Golden Moment?
| The Public Affairs Department of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is already working to ensure
that the world gets a positive, and accurate, view of the religion
during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Olympics
have not been held in a city with such a strong religious identity
since the 1960 Summer Games in Rome.
| At Least 7 NCAA Teams Include Mormons
|At least six teams appearing in "March
Madness," the annual NCAA tournament to determine the best college
team in the US, include Mormon players on their teams. BYU is back in
the tournament for the first time since 1995, along with fellow Utah
teams Utah State and Southern Utah University. But Mormon players are
also on Stanford, Duke, Wisconsin and Western Kentucky's teams.
| BYU Remains No. 1 -- Unanimously
|After downing Quincy, 3-0, last weekend and winning
its 13th match of the season, the BYU men's volleyball team remained
the top-ranked team in the country for the third straight week,
according to this week's USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll and the
Volleyball Magazine Poll.
Other Sports News Articles
|With BYU Closing for Olympics, SLOC Steps Up BYU Volunteer Recruiting
|PROVO, UTAH -- Since BYU has decided to suspend classes for a week
during the 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake Organizing Committee
officials have stepped up their efforts to recruit BYU students to do
volunteer work during the event. And BYU students seemed eager to
help, snapping up volunteer applications. "The students here at BYU
have a lot of the same qualities we're looking for in all
volunteers," said SLOC staffing official Linda Ohlson. The SLOC says
that its volunteer positions are filling fast. "If you want to
volunteer, you had better do it this month," said another staffing
official, Dave Zumbrennen.
|SLOC tapping into BYU Volunteer effort getting boost from students
Provo UT Daily Herald 11Mar01 S3
By Amy K. Stewart: The Daily Herald
|Romney: These Are Not Mormon Games
|SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Salt Lake Organizing Committee chief Mitt
Romney is also objecting to the use of the word Mormon -- as
describing the 2002 Winter Olympics. "These are not Mormon games,"
Romney said Friday. "They are America's games, Utah's games - the
Olympics." Since the one-year countdown to the games began in
February, Romney and the organizing committee have been fielding as
many as a dozen calls a week asking about Mormon involvement in the
games, Olympic spokeswoman Caroline Shaw said.
Romney also says that the LDS Church has not received special
treatment by the committee, which has turned down the Church in some
cases where it wanted to use the Olympic insignia.
|Romney: These Are Not Mormon Games
Yahoo!News (AP) 16Mar01 S1
By Rich Vosepka: Associated Press Writer
|LDS Player Boosts Navy Lacrosse
|WASHINGTON, DC -- Phil Emery, who was an all-Metropolitan area
Lacrosse player at Langley High School has returned to Navy after
serving an LDS mission to Spain. But his team is 0-3 so far, the
worst start Navy has had since it started playing Lacrosse in 1908.
|Men's 2001 College Lacrosse Preview
Washington Post pg D07 13Mar01 S2
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