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Ex-Coug Law New Y. Baseball Coach

Vance Law, former major league baseball player and BYU baseball star, has been named coach of BYU's baseball team, returning to the team he left two decades ago before he started a 14-year professional career. Law replaces coach Gary Pullins, who was reassigned in June to an administrative job.

Wait for Tait frustrates Chiefs

John Tait, an offensive tackle from BYU, is one of three unsigned first-round picks that as of Wednesday still did not have a signed contract from Chiefs President and General Manager Carl Peterson. Peterson said that Taits's offer was similar to that made to Pittsburgh wide receiver Troy Edwards.

A student of the game

Shawn Bradley and his wife, Annette, have three daughters (Cheyenne, Ciera, and Chelsea) and are devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Bradley was an outstanding player at BYU before serving a mission to Australia. Upon returning from his mission six years ago he was the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft and went to the Philadelphia 76ers. Bradley is now the big 7 feet, 6 inch center for the Dallas Mavericks.

Sarkisian on the spot as team savior

Former BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian, who broke all of Steve Young's records at BYU, has been playing for the CFL's Edmonton Roughriders for the past two years. After playing back up to starting quarterback Reggie Slack, Sarkisian is getting some valuable playing time in the starting position while Slack is out battling a medical addiction.

Chris Burgess and Duke's Decline (Blue flew)

Chris Burgess, the LDS basketball player who has played a backup role with Duke's All-American team for the past two years, is looking out for number one and transferring to Utah to finish his basketball career. Most of the Duke players broke their long-standing faith to play until graduation and fell victims to the NBA draft, and apparently Burgess sees no future with Duke with all his buddies playing pro ball.

Short-hitting Reid finds his range

Cherry Hills Golf Course, Sprint International Invitational Tournament: Mike Reid, the former Cherry Creek High School, (in Denver) and Brigham Young University golf star is the exception to the rule for the high altitude tournament, which is more suited for a superman duffer who can knock the ball a mile long, a mile high and putt the eyes out of a gnat. At 45 years old, the 5-foot-9 and 160 pound Reid looks more like an accountant than a young superstar golfer.

Heap makes football his mission

This article discusses Arizona State football player Todd Heap, who has decided to put off going on a mission, to be able to play football this year. Brother Heap says it was a tough decision. "A lot of things go through your head. I don't know. It's something you've got to decide for yourself. It's got to be a personal decision. It's a big decision. You sacrifice so much."

White Sox Finally Make Offer Oborn Accepts

LDS Church member and All-American outfielder Spencer Oborn has agreed to contract terms with the Chicago White Sox organization and will pass up his senior year with Cal State Fullerton this next season . Duane Shaffer, the White Sox scouting director, said the team increased its signing offer to Oborn based on his performance in the Alaska summer collegiate league.

Preseason Poll Wrap-up

BYU-Hawaii's women's volleyball team is ranked #2 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll BYU's football team just missed making the top 25 in the preseason NCAA Division I football poll. BYU's starting quaterback, Kevin Feterik, a senior, is rated #23 in the Lindy's report preseason report.

Edwards recognized for Innovation (A century of college football: The Innovators)

CBS SportsLine, with sports statistics provider Lindy's Reports put together a list of the 100 most important people in College Football in the past 100 years (see Sportsline). While BYU's LaVell Edwards didn't make the Top 10, he was recognized as one of the innovators in College Football.

Top wide receivers and Top cornerbacks

Newly released reports from Lindy's Football Annuals rank college players by position nationally. Two BYU players were included in recent rankings;

Ainge welcomed back

Danny Ainge has been honored by his home state of Oregon by being inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame during the Halls 20th annual induction ceremony. Ainge played his high school days at North Eugene High as a three-sport star in basketball, baseball and football. He led the Highlanders to back-to-back Class 3A basketball championships in 1976 and 1977 and was state player of the year both years.

7,000 LDS at 'Mormon Night with the Angels'

Mormon Family Night with the Angels was held at Edison Field in Anaheim, California with a record breaking 7,000 Latter-day Saints and friends attending. With the second year of the event being held, it ranked as one of the largest LDS group events yet for a professional baseball game. Both pre-game and "seventh-inning stretch" activities were dominated by members of the the church.

Trojan big on helping others

The USC Trojans have finally got back their biggest player ever, the 6-foot-5, 330-pound Faaesea Mailo. In his freshman year three years ago, the then 365-pound Southern California native was so big that they couldn't find a suit coat large enough to fit him for the team picture.




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