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Posted 09 Jan 2002   For week ended December 21, 2001
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Staley Named Touchdown Club's Running Back of the Year
One day after undergoing surgery, BYU running back Luke Staley was today named the Touchdown Club of Columbus Running Back of the Year. Staley joins Marshall Faulk, Eddie George, Ricky Williams, Ron Dayne and LaDainian Tomlinson as winners of the Touchdown Club of Columbus Running Back of the Year Award.

Cramer To Play Three Games With U.S. National Team
The U.S. Women's National Team's clash with Mexico on January 12 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C., (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2) will be just the beginning of a three-week trek that will take the team across the world to China, where they will face Norway, Germany and China in the Four Nations Women's Tournament taking place in Guangzhou from January 23-27, 2002.

Sports: Injuries Plague Mormon Players; Veteran Punter Lee Johnson Returns
Injuries plagued many Mormon professional athletes last week, leaving Shawn Bradley sidelined with a bad ankle, the Seahawk's Marcus Bell out with a neck injury and linebacker Rob Morris out with a bad knee. But veteran punter Lee Johnson, who was released by the New England Patriots October 15th after playing five games, was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings and kicked six punts for them in Sunday's game.

Staley Out for Liberty Bowl
BYU running back and Doak Walker Award winner Luke Staley will undergo surgery on Tuesday, Dec. 18 to repair damaged ligaments in his ankle. Due to the surgery, Staley will not play against Louisville in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31.

Women Ranked Second, Men Third
Brigham Young University-Hawaii's tennis teams continue to draw national attention as both the men's and women's teams were ranked among the elite programs in the nation this week in the preseason rankings for NCAA II. The Seasider women, winners of four national titles in the past five years, were ranked second nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) while the Seasider men were tabbed as the number three team in the division.

Kalabic Named All-American
Brigham Young University-Hawaii freshman Vanja Kalabic was named First Team All-American today by the American Water Polo Coaches Association. Kalabic, a 6-3 driver from Belgrade, Yugoslavia scored 73 goals to lead the Seasiders' water polo team to an 11-12 record in its inaugural season. Kalabic majors in international business management.


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