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Madsen's Mission an Asset in NBA, But Not on the Court
It took the media six months once NBA rookie Mark Madsen landed in Los Angeles to discover he had an advantage no one had noticed. Now that advantage means the rookie Madsen gets interviewed frequently after games. A returned missionary who served in Spain, Madsen speaks Spanish fluently, and its LA's Spanish-language media badly need Spanish-speaking players that they can talk to.

LDS Mission May Keep Athlete from Playing in Division I
Serving an LDS mission has become common enough in NCAA athletics that most LDS athletes will return from a mission to play on their college team. But for LDS high school student Mark Davis, serving an LDS mission probably means giving up the chance to play on an NCAA Division I team ever. The source of Davis' difficulty isn't is ability, its the sport he plays.

Orem Readers Earn Visit from LDS Sports Stars
Students at Orem Hillcrest Elementary School narrowly missed winning a visit from a Utah Jazz player during the Scholastic/Utah Jazz statewide reading contest. Hillcrest finished 17th out of 100 schools. The Jazz players visited only the top 12 schools finishing in the reading competition.

Blackmer Misses Canadian Team By Two Shots
Magrath's Brooks Blackmer was worried a month ago that he had been out of practice too long when he had been invited to tryout for Canada's World Junior Golf Team by competing with 15 other Canadians in a tournament in South Carolina.

Sports: Only Duke Left in NCAAs, Knight and Pope have strong weeks
As the final four teams approach the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, Duke remains the only team left with Mormon players, and its Mormon, freshman Matt Christensen, hasn't played since the team's first-round game against the Monmouth (NJ) Hawks. In professional sports, Travis Knight of the Knicks and Mark Pope both had strong weeks, as they managed to get some playing time and the chance to prove they should be off the bench.

Wesley Named to NABC College All-Star Team
BYU forward Mekeli Wesley is one of 11 seniors selected to National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) College All-Star Team, it was announced today by the NABC.

Cougar Men's Volleyball Remains No. 1
The BYU men's volleyball team remained the No. 1 team in the nation in this week's USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll, as well as Volleyball Magazine's Top-10 poll, despite splitting a pair of matches last weekend against No. 5 Long Beach State. This week's poll marks the fifth straight week the Cougars have been ranked No. 1.

BYUH Women Top Tennis Rankings, Men Move Up
The Brigham Young University-Hawaii women's tennis team maintained their number-one national ranking in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association NCAA Division II poll, while the BYU-Hawaii men's team jumped from number ten to number three. The ITA rankings, released yesterday, have the Seasider men trailing only Drury and Valdosta State.

Other Sports News Articles

Mission Language Helps Soccer Coach Help Students
MATTAWA, WASHINGTON -- Tony Langdon, Wahluke High School soccer coach has one student with incredible talent. Enrique Salas moved to Mattawa three years ago following the death of his father. He now lives with his brothers and has picked up some English. But when Salas first arrived, he didn't speak a word of English. But Langdon was able to provide some assistance, since he served an LDS mission to South America and speaks fluent Spanish.
Salas living out his American dream
Kennewick WA Tri-City Herald 30Mar01 S2
By Mark McKenna: Herald staff writer

Joyner Takes Time Off to See Mother -- Leave on a Mission
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- Wally Joyner, the Mormon baseball player in the twilight years of his career, took a few days off of spring training to go back to Utah and see his mother one more time before she leaves on an LDS mission to Puerto Rico. Joyner wanted to be there for his mother's farewell before she starts her two-year mission.
Bad Spring Tells Belcher That It's Time to Retire
Los Angeles Times 25Mar01 S2

Stanford's Basketball Team Gets Third Mormon Next Year
STANFORD, CALIFORNIA -- Stanford University's men's basketball team will get a third Mormon player next year. Freshman Nick Robinson, who red shirtted last year, will join the team after spending two years on an LDS mission. Stanford will also keep starters Julius Barnes and Casey Jacobsen, both of whom are juniors this year.
Stanford's Roster Next Season
San Jose CA Mercury News 27Mar01 S2

U of Utah Football Star McGarry dies
PROVO, UTAH -- Former University of Utah football star and professional football player Bernard D. McGarry died March 25 at age 83. McGarry was captain of the football team while playing for Utah and later played for the Rams. He went on to become a floor coverings contractor and was active in Scouting, earning the Silver Beaver award for his service.
Bernard D. Barney McGarry
Salt Lake Tribune 27Mar01 S2


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