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July 7, 2004 - 7:01pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
Kevin Martin's NBA playing career officially began on Wednesday.

The Zanesville native was scheduled to participate in the Sacramento Kings' three-day mini-camp in preparation for the team's Summer League schedule, which starts on Saturday.

The Kings drafted Martin, a 6-7 shooting guard from Western Carolina, with the 26th pick in the 2004 NBA draft.

Martin has yet to sign his first pro contract. Under the league's rookie pay scale, the ZHS grad reportedly will...
July 7, 2004 - 6:44pm
6 years 17 weeks ago


Thad Matta becomes the new men's basketball coach at Ohio State.

In a capricious move, Xavier basketball coach Thad Matta accepted Ohio State's offer to become the Buckeyes' next head coach, Xavier athletic director Dawn Rogers said Wednesday night.

The Buckeyes reportedly offered the job to Matta after he visited with OSU athletic director Andy Geiger and University President Karen Holbrook...
July 6, 2004 - 10:30pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
For the first time, a second interview.

ESPN.com reports that Rice men's basketball coach Willis Wilson and Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings interviewed with the Ohio State Tuesday in Columbus.

Wilson reportedly met with OSU Athletic Director Andy Geiger June 29th in Dallas, Texas; Stallings interviewed June 30th in Nashville. Willis and Geiger know each other well after previously working together at Stanford University. Stallings was reportedly a finalist for the Ohio...
July 2, 2004 - 6:39pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
Just three years after winning a World Series championship, Bob Brenly seeks a new major league baseball job.

The Arizona Diamondbacks fired the Coshocton native Friday after 3.5 seasons as the team's manager. Diamondbacks' third-base coach Al Pedrique takes over as interim manager.

Brenly led the D'backs to their first World Series in his first year as manager, upsetting the three-time defending champion New York Yankees in 2001. It is widely considered one of the...
July 1, 2004 - 6:41pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
In a rare move by an NBA team, the Cavs choose an expensive option over a serendipitously cheap alternative.

Contrasting previous reports, Cleveland decided not to pick up a team option on power forward Carlos Boozer Thursday.

It means the Duke grad who averaged 15.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg - numbers good enough to earn Boozer a spot on the U.S. Olympic team - will become a restricted free agent.

But Boozer's agent says he already is in contract extension talks with...
June 30, 2004 - 11:41pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
Chase Phillips' quest for big-league baseball continued Wednesday in Paducah, Kentucky.

The Maysville grad and former pitcher in the Orioles organization has been trying to get back to professional baseball.

Wednesday, Phillips attended a workout put on by Reds' scouts. National Scouting Report's Greg Hamilton was there, and he told WHIZ that Phillips threw the hardest of anybody there, reaching 91 mph.

However, with age no longer making Phillips as attractive...
June 27, 2004 - 1:34am
6 years 17 weeks ago
Columbus fans knew that a stay-at-home defenseman with a mean streak was what the team needed.

Cam Barker fit the bill. It's just too bad that Chicago had the same need, and the third overall pick. The Blackhawks picked the Medicine Hat defenseman one slot ahead of the Jackets.

And so, Columbus decided to trade down in the draft... from number-4, to number-8... a swap with Carolina. While the Hurricanes picked Andrew Ladd, the Jackets landed Alexandre Picard, a left...
June 27, 2004 - 1:23am
6 years 17 weeks ago
It's not everyday that a team can pick up a former All-Star.

But that's exactly what Cleveland did on Saturday. Aaron Boone officially signed a 2-year contract with the Indians with an option for a third year. Boone was an All-Star last season with Cincinnati, but was traded to the Yankees before the trade deadline. He then hit the home run that sent the Yankees to the World Series, only to hurt his left knee playing a pickup basketball game. He was then released, and has been...
June 25, 2004 - 10:44am
6 years 17 weeks ago
Draft quotes from Sacramento Kings' website:

Why are the Kings your favorite team?

Kevin Martin: “They are now because they have faith in me to take it to the next level. I hear that from a lot of different teams that I have worked out with. I don’t remember saying it in public but it’s been getting around. They are definitely my favorite team now.”

Being an underclassman obviously you had a great year last year, what were the factors of you coming out...
June 25, 2004 - 1:09am
6 years 17 weeks ago
Cleveland GM Jim Paxson didn't think one of the eight possibilities he deemed impact players would be available to the Cavs at pick number 10.

For that reason, Paxson said the Cavs were 50-50 on whether to trade the pick.

Turns out: Cleveland gets a guy who almost shot 50 percent from the field last year.

The Cavs select 6-7 guard Luke Jackson from Oregon with the 10th pick of the 2004 NBA Draft.

Jackson, a second-team All-America selection averaged...
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