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Sent on Mormon-News: 03Apr01

By Kent Larsen

Sports: Weir 2nd Again, Baseball Starts

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Canadian golfer Mike Weir shot a 5 under par 283 to take 2nd place in the Bell South Classic this past weekend, marking the second time this season he has landed in second place. Meanwhile, the work of the five Mormon pro basketball players was eclipsed this past week by Matt Christensen of Duke University, whose team won the NCAA championship. In addition, four of the six Mormon baseball players prepared to start the season this week.

Most of the five known Mormon basketball players had a good, but not exceptional week. As usual, Shawn Bradley played the most, averaging 21 minutes per game, while rookie Mark Madsen played the least, less than 6 minutes on average of each of the Laker's games. In terms of scoring performance, Scot Pollard was best, recording 22 points for the week during the 66 minutes he played over 4 games.

Meanwhile, the baseball season opener was held on Sunday, and four of the Mormon baseball pros are expected to see action this week. The White Sox' McKay Christensen is one exception; he starts the season in the minors, in a move that has more to do with the White Sox' strength in center field and in lead-off batter than with Christensen himself. He will likely be brought up during the season, and will probaly end up on another team before next season because he becomes a free agent. St Louis' Garret Stephenson will also not play immediately because he starts the season on the 15-day disabled list, effective March 28th, due to a right elbow injury.

Other Mormon players have been traded or moved to different teams since last year. Veteran first baseman Wally Joyner, set to retire last season, will play for the Anaheim Angels, taking over for the injured Mo Vaughn, who is out for the season. The move is perfect for Joyner, who only wanted to join a team if he could play every day, and if the team was familiar and close to his family in Utah. Meanwhile, the Angels' relief pitcher Omar Olivares has moved to the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Major League Baseball

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

Here are the baseball players we know about so far. Mormon News hasn't learned of any new players to hit the majors.

Position Players:
Brian Banks C Chicago White Sox [Starting season in Minors]
McKay Christensen CF Chicago White Sox [Starting season in Minors]
Wally Joyner 1B Anaheim Angels
Jeff Kent 2B San Francisco Giants

Shawn Estes SP San Francisco Giants
Kyle Farnsworth RP Chicago Cubs
Mike Fetters RP Los Angeles Dodgers
Omar Olivares SP Pittsburg Pirates
Garret Stephenson SP St Louis Cardinals [Starting season on Disabled List]


Shawn BradleyCenterDallas Mavericks
  G Min FG/FGARebPtsPpg
This Week 4 84 8/ 23 20 21 5.3
Year to date731798198/400536520 7.1
Travis KnightCenterNew York Knicks
This Week 2 15 1/ 3 3 2 1.0
Year to date38225 8/ 45 44 25 0.7
Mark MadsenForwardLos Angeles Lakers
This Week 4 23 0/ 4 3 4 1.0
Year to date6254943/ 89132111 1.8
Scot PollardForwardSacramento Kings
  G Min FG/FGARebPtsPpg
This Week 4 66 6/ 16 18 22 5.5
Year to date661399157/347389422 6.4
Mark PopeCenterMilwaukee Bucs
  G Min FG/FGARebPtsPpg
This Week 4 49 4/ 5 6 9 2.3
Year to date555 808 54/121130133 2.4


The WNBA's season begins May 28.



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 BlakeEvent Results  
This Week: Bell South ClassicCut 72-78 
Year to date:  Entered 11 events, made cut 8 times, earned $215,523.66
Keith ClearwaterEvent Results  
This Week: Idle     
Year to date:  Entered 5 events, made cut 0 times, earned $0
Dan Forsman Event Results  
This Week: Idle     
Year to date:  Entered 6 events, made cut 5 times, earned $68,492.16
Mike Reid Event Results  
This Week: Idle     
Year to date:  Entered 2 events, made cut 1 times, earned $15,566.66
Mike Weir Event Results  
This Week: Bell South Classic 276-67-73-67earned $356,400.00
Year to date:  Entered 8 events, made cut 7 times, earned $1,214,940
Richard ZokolEvent Results  
This Week: BUY.COM Louisiana OpenT1472-70-65-69earned $7,875.00
Year to date:  Entered 4 events, made cut 3 times, earned $15,330.00

Senior PGA Tour
Billy CasperEvent Results   
This Week: Idle     
Year to date:  Entered 1 events, made cut 1 times, earned $756.00
Johnny MillerEvent Results  
This Week: Idle     
Year to date:   
Bruce SummerhaysEvent Results  
This Week: Idle     
Year to date:  Entered 8 events, earned $160,115.00


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