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Missionary, U Michigan Choose Each Other, Sight Unseen
In a leap of faith by both Spencer Brinton and the University of Michigan football coaches, Brinton is on the University of Michigan campus starting classes today, less than a week after returning from an LDS mission to Durban, South Africa. Brinton, who was San Diego State's starting quarterback before leaving on his mission, had never seen the Ann Arbor campus before, nor had he met the coaches. For their part, they had never met Brinton, nor seen him play in person. But they are giving him a chance to compete for a quarterback spot on the team.

U Wisconsin's Bower Transfers to BYU
Sophomore basketball player Ricky Bower is transferring to BYU and, by so doing, is also returning to his family's college roots. His father, Wayne, played on the Cougar football team in the early 1970s and his older brother, Danny, played basketball at BYU for two years during the late 90's. In addition, Bower's mother is also a former BYU student.

LDS Quarterback Expects All-Canadian Season
The University of Calgary's Lincoln Blumell is headed into his final season, and hopes to lead the Dinosaurs to a win in the playoffs this year, possibly even getting the team even further. "My main goal is to help the team win a playoff game and then win the Canada West title. I feel a real emergency to get that done. From there, the goal is to get to the Vanier Cup and win it. And, if it all falls into place, maybe an All-Canadian selection." But just four years ago Blumell was finishing a two-year LDS mission, during which he hardly touched a football.

Playing In the NBA, without the Lifestyle
In this day of the stereotypical "ugly athlete," with continued reports of misbehavior by professional ball players including spousal abuse, drug abuse, and temper tantrums, it's refreshing to find someone like Mark Madsen. As previously reported in Mormon News, Madsen is both a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a rookie playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Forever Young--Steve Wishes for 10 More Years of Family Life
He thrived on the excitement of the NFL and its SuperBowls. At times, he misses the thrill. After all, the combination of Steve Young to Jerry Rice was pretty awesome and very successful when backed by the entire San Francisco 49ers organization.

Sports: Pollard Explodes in Playoffs, One WUSA Player Confirmed
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.

Management Society honors LaVell, Patti Edwards May 15
The Salt Lake City and Utah Valley chapters of the Brigham Young University Management Society will honor LaVell and Patti Edwards as the "2001 Distinguished Utahns of the Year" at a banquet Tuesday, May 15, at the Thanksgiving Point Institute.

Four Cougars Land All-America Honors
The American Volleyball Coaches Association today announced its selections for the 2001 AVCA All-America First and Second Teams. Among the names listed were four BYU players, including two-time recipients Hector Lebron and Scott Bunker, as well as Mike Wall and Matt Olsen. The list of 2001 All-Americans marks the first time in BYU volleyball history more than two players were selected to either the first or second teams. Bunker and Lebron become the sixth and seventh BYU players to earn All-America honors in more than one season.

Richardson Named MWC Player Of The Year
With only one conference loss on the year, BYU's Jodi Richardson claimed Mountain West Conference Player of the Year honors for women's tennis.

Cougars Receive At-Large Bid to NCAA Championships
After posting the nation's highest winning percentage and recording a 15-4 (.789) record against nationally-ranked teams, the top-ranked BYU men's volleyball team was today selected as the only at-large team to the NCAA Championship Tournament, beginning Thursday, May 3 in Long Beach, Calif. The Cougars (21-4) will enter the Final Four as the No. 2 seed and will face the No. 3 seed Penn State (24-7) in the national semifinals, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (PDT) at the Pyramid.

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