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Posted 03 Jun 2001   For week ended May 18, 2001
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Checketts Fired
Dave Checketts, the LDS Church member who has headed the New York Knicks, New York Rangers and Madison Square Garden for six years, was fired yesterday by the corporate owner of the Garden, Cablevision, according to the New York Daily News. News of his firing spread quickly yesterday, shocking members of the sports teams he ran but pleasing some fans, who were not satisfied with the Knicks and Rangers failures in the playoffs in recent years.

RM Happy to Play for Calgary Cannons
Sixth-round draft pick, Brian Banks, knew that coming out of high school to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posed risks to his baseball career. A mission call could have him going where the only bats he would see would have wings and any ball he he saw would be meant for kicking and not throwing.

From above The High Bar: A Mission is in Sight
After Jon Willison of Santa Rosa Junior College cleared a school record 7' 2'' in the high jump on May 11th, a reporter for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat wanted to know what had happened for such a strong first place finish in the Northern California Track and Field Championships that day. After all, Jon's previous personal best was 4 inches lower--at 6' 10". Jon's lifetime high jump goal until then had been to jump 7 feet.

Two LDS Basketball Players Left in NBA Playoffs
The NBA playoffs have led to the elimination of two more LDS basketball players, leaving just rookie Mark Madsen and the Milwaukee Bucks' Mark Pope in the playoffs. Shawn Bradley and the Dallas Mavericks were eliminated last week when they lost their playoff series to San Antonio, while Scot Pollard and the Sacramento Kings lost their series to the Madsen's Lakers.

Jackson Sets American Steeplechase Record
BYU senior Elzabeth Jackson turned in a 9:55.63 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to set an American record on Friday, cruising to an easy victory at the 2001 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track &Field Championships in San Diego. After day three, the BYU women, who have won 18 straight outdoor league championships, lead the field with 85 points, while the men are in third place with 41 total team points.

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