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Golden Richard's Tragic NFL Career And Recovery
Remember what they say, "Be careful what you wish for because you just may get it." Never was this more true than in the case of Golden Richards, former professional football player. From the time he was a little boy, Richards dreamed of playing for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He dreamed of glory on the field and fame and celebrity off the field. And, after many years of hard work and practice, Richards found himself living his dream. He became a celebrity hero on America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys. He caught a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl win. He went out on a date with Olivia Newton-John and rubbed shoulders with beautiful women like supermodel Jerry Hall.

Missionary Crandall Returns to ASU
Elder Kenny Crandall is trading in his white shirts, neckties and wingtips for some gym shorts and sneakers. Recently returned from Eugene, Ore. after serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Crandall hopes to resume his college basketball career and return to action this fall. Before his mission, Crandall played at ASU as a freshman in the 1998-99 season and will most likely play shooting guard if he makes the team this fall. ASU suffered through a somewhat lackluster season last year, due in large part to a lack of quality outside shooting from the guard line. The Sun Devils struggled to a 13-16 record last season and Crandall would love to help the team do better this year.

RM Prize Basketball Recruit
With only five opportunities to play basketball while serving a mission in France, Ryan Anderson of Calgary is certain he's out of practice. "That will be a major adjustment fro me, getting back into shape."

Sports: Still Seeking Canadian Football League Players
Since the Canadian Football League started playing last week, we are actively looking to identify the Mormon players in the league. As in previous weeks, we have published a list of possible players, but haven't yet had any identified. If you have any information that may help us, please let me know. Meanwhile, the actively playing Mormons in baseball thinned a little this past week as McKay Christensen was sent back to AAA and Mike Fetters went on the disabled list.

Jackson Earns Spot on National Team
Elizabeth Jackson, who won the NCAA 3,000-Meter Steeplechase Title earlier this month, finished second at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend in Eugene, Ore. The second-place finish gives Jackson a spot on the USA National Track and Field Team, which will travel to the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, on Sept. 4-7.

Nielsen, Whiting, Cooper Earn Academic All-MWC Honors
BYU's Eric Nielsen, Trent Whiting and Nathan Cooper were three of 15 student-athletes recognized today for academic excellence as members of the 2001 Men's Basketball Academic All-Mountain West Conference Team. Cooper was one of four repeat selections to the team, having also earned the award in 2000. BYU Slated to Host Tulane in BCA Classic
The Gazelle Group, producer of the Black Coaches Association Classic, today announced BYU has been selectedto host Tulane in the 2001 BCA Classic, pending approval from the NCAA. The fifth-annual BCA Classic is scheduled to be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at LaVell Edwards Stadium, beginning at 2:30 p.m. (MDT). The 1998 Liberty Bowl re-match will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

BYU-Hawaii Graduates 15 Athletes
Brigham Young University-Hawaii graduated 15 athletes at the recent June commencement and awarded Associate degrees to two others. With much attention being given in recent weeks to the poor graduation rates of athletes at many schools, BYU-Hawaii goes against that trend by graduating a majority of its athletes.

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