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By Kent Larsen

Sports: Pollard Explodes in Playoffs, One WUSA Player Confirmed

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The Sacramento Kings' center Scot Pollard exploded for 21 points over 2 games last week, even though he played just 17 minutes each game. Pollard's performance helped the Kings best Phoenix in both games, putting them up 2-1 in their five-game playoff series. Meanwhile, Mormon News has verified that former BYU player Maren Hendershot of the WUSA's Carolina Courage is an LDS Church member. Hendershot played all 90 minutes of the Courage's second game against the Washington Freedom.

In baseball, San Francisco's Jeff Kent bounced back from a poor performance offensively reported previously to a stellar week this past week. Kent went 8 for 22 (.364) with 3 RBIs. Fellow Mormon position player Wally Joyner didn't bounce back as quickly, going 2 for 10 over five games. Mormon pitchers, on the other hand, did well last week. San Francisco's Shawn Estes shut out the Chicago Cubs in seven innings Saturday, giving up five hits. Omar Olivares split two games, blanking Los Angeles over six innings, but giving up four runs against San Diego. Relief pitchers Kyle Farnsworth and Mike Fetters both pitched well, Farnsworth bringing his ERA down below 2.00, a career best, while Fetters has managed a terrific 1.29 ERA.

For basketball players, Sunday ended with all Mormons still on playoff teams, but with Shawn Bradley's Mavericks just one loss away from elimination by the Utah Jazz. Travis Knight is faring the worst, however, since he has yet to play in a playoff game, despite the Knicks troubles getting all their starters to each game. Mark Madsen also played little, just seven minutes over two games, and failed to score during that time.

In golf, the three Mormon players that entered the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic were all cut, Keith Clearwater extending his streak of being cut from every event he enters to seven. The best performance for the week came from the senior tour's Bruce Summerhays, who tied for 19th.

The other former BYU players drafted by the WUSA are also Mormon, MN has learned, but they didn't make their teams. Staci Reynolds was cut in the Courage's tryouts, while Sarah Reading, drafted by the Atlanta Beat, tore and ACL at the tryouts, leaving her out for the season. Former Utah player Staci Burt is not Mormon, and MN is still trying to learn whether or not Salt Lake City native Becky Hogan of the Boston Breakers is Mormon.


Major League Baseball

Position Players:
Brian BeanCatcherChicago Cubs
[Playing in Minors for Iowa Cubs]
McKay ChristensenCenter FieldChicago White Sox
[Playing in Minors for Charlotte]
Wally JoynerFirst BaseAnaheim Angels
This Week 5 10 12 1 2 2 4.200
Year to date19 48 48 2 6 410.167
Jeff KentSecond BaseSan Francisco Giants
This Week 6 22 1 8 0 3 2 4.364
Year to date24 881022 4 15 616.250

Shawn EstesStarting PitcherSan Francisco Giants
This Week 11-00 0.00 7.0 5 0 0 5 5
Year to date 52-10 4.1828.02913131526
Kyle FarnsworthRelief PitcherChicago Cubs
This Week 30-00 0.00 3.3 00 0 1 6
Year to date120-00 1.9813.7153 3 519
Mike FettersRelief PitcherLos Angeles Dodgers
This Week 10-00 0.001.000 0 1 2
Year to date 70-00 1.297.021 1 1 9
Omar OlivaresStarting PitcherPittsburg Pirates
This Week 21-10 3.2711.0 8 4 4 512
Year to date 51-30 5.8826.0261817 820
Garret StephensonStarting PitcherSt Louis Cardinals
[On the Disabled List - out for the season]


Shawn BradleyCenterDallas Mavericks
  G Min FG/FGARebPtsPpg Pp60min
This Week 2 60 5/ 9 18 19 9.5 19.0
Year to date852078225/458631600 7.1 17.3
Travis KnightCenterNew York Knicks
  GMinFG/FGARebPtsPpg Pp60min
This Week 0 0 0/ 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
Year to date4525610/ 53 53 29 0.6 6.8
Mark MadsenForwardLos Angeles Lakers
  GMinFG/FGARebPtsPpg Pp60min
This Week 2 7 0/ 2 1 0 0.0 0.0
Year to date7365155/117154137 1.9 12.6
Scot PollardForwardSacramento Kings
  G Min FG/FGARebPtsPpg Pp60min
This Week 2 34 9/ 11 12 2110.5 37.1
Year to date791674196/418478517 6.5 18.5
Mark PopeCenterMilwaukee Bucs
  G Min FG/FGARebPtsPpg Pp60min
This Week 2 28 3/ 5 9 6 3.0 12.9
Year to date66 984 66/145159159 2.4 9.7


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



The NHL's regular season has ended, and the only Mormon player we know is not on a team playing in the playoffs.


PGA Tour
Jay Don BlakeEvent Results  
This Week: Idle     
Year to date:  Entered 12 events, made cut 9 times, earned $222,418.66
Keith ClearwaterEvent Results  
This Week: Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic Cut 71-75  
Year to date:  Entered 7 events, made cut 0 times, earned $0
Dan Forsman Event Results  
This Week: Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic Cut 79-72  
Year to date:  Entered 8 events, made cut 5 times, earned $68,492.16
Mike Reid Event Results  
This Week: Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic Cut 77-70 
Year to date:  Entered 3 events, made cut 1 times, earned $15,566.66
Mike Weir Event Results  
This Week: Idle     
Year to date:  Entered 9 events, made cut 8 times, earned $1,255,540
Richard ZokolEvent Results  
This Week: Charity Pro-AmT2566-66-72-75earned $3,814.28
Year to date:  Entered 6 events, made cut 5 times, earned $21,799.28

Senior PGA Tour
Billy CasperEvent Results   
This Week: Idle     
Year to date:  Entered 2 events, earned $6,568.50
Johnny MillerEvent Results  
This Week: Idle     
Year to date:   
Bruce SummerhaysEvent Results  
This Week: Bruno's Memorial ClassicT1974-69-67earned $15,733.34
Year to date:  Entered 11 events, earned $218,040.34


Maren HendershotCarolina Courage
This Week: 1 1 9000 0 3 1 3
Year to date: 1 1 9000 0 3 1 3


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