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Posted 11 Jun 2001   For week ended May 25, 2001
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Did Checketts Succeed in New York?
When Cablevision's Charles Dolan fired LDS Church member Dave Checketts last week, it marked the end of Checketts' fight to balance his beliefs and values with the cut-throat New York sports world. For ten years Checketts had managed to make that balance, managing to work the process until he finally ran out of moves. But while Dolan's move has left Checketts out of the Garden, it seems unlikely that he will not be soon snapped up elsewhere in the sports world, given the remarkable financial record he built, increasing the Garden's revenues by ninefold in less than 10 years.

Not Your Typical NBA Player
Reporter Lewis MacAdams, writing a fairly lengthy column for LA Weekly, is just the latest in what is becoming a long line of writers to discover the complex persona that is Mark Madsen. As previously reported in Mormon News, Madsen, a returned missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is currently enjoying the excitement and thrill of the NBA playoffs as a rookie player for the Los Angeles Lakers.

North American Rodeo Legend Dead At 81
Rodeo legend Reg Kesler, 81, passed away in a vehicle accident near his childhood ranch south of Stirling, AB, this past week.

Sports: Two Mormons Remaining in NBA Playoffs, Estes on DL
Rookie Mark Madsen and the Milwaukee Buck's Mark Pope still remain as the only Mormon players left in the NBA's playoffs, and Madsen's Lakers are well on their way to reaching the finals, leading their series with the Spurs. Pope's Bucks start their series against Philadelphia tomorrow. However, neither Madsen nor Pope have played much in the post season.

BYU faculty named to Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame
A faculty member in the Brigham Young University Physical Education Department was recently named to the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Hall of Fame.

Keohohou Earns First Team All-America Honor
Freshman right fielder Oli Keohohou was named First Team All-America Monday night by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. In addition, Keohohou is one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award as the top collegiate softball player, with the winner to be announced May 28.

MWC Title Secures NCAA Regional Berth
Nate Fernley pitched seven consecutive scoreless innings and went the distance Saturday to lead BYU to the Mountain West Conference Championship with a 4-3 defeat over San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Richardson Receives National Sportsmanship Award
Jodi Richardson, a member of the BYU women's tennis team, received this year's ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award.

Two Cougars Named to Verizon Academic All-American District Team
John Hedengren and Melanie Steere have been selected to the Verizon Academic All-American District VIII teams for the second time this year. Both Hedengren and Steere received Academic All-American district honors for their contributions to the men's and women's track and field teams.

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