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Former Flyers center Dan Obrovac dies after lengthy illness

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Dan Obrovoc, a prominent player on several successful University of Dayton Flyers teams under head coach Don Donoher from 1966-1969, died on Wednesday April 21 after a lengthy illness.

The 6’10 Canton, Ohio native averaged 12.0 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior in 1968-69. He played a key role for the Flyers when they reached the NCAA finals in 1967 and won the NIT in 1968.

Dan Obrovoc in white uniform outjumping Lew Alcindor of UCLA (UD)

Obrovoc scored 30 points for the Flyers in a first-round NIT win over West Virginia in 1968 and made 22-of-24 foul shots in the tournament.

Tampa Bay Rays are on a hot streak 12 wins in 14 games

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The Tampa Bay Rays, one of baseball’s youngest teams, are driven by pitching and defense in most games, but they have a persistent offense that leads the American League in runs and is number 1 of the major leagues with a .323 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Each night a different player has the crucial or key hit.

Outfielder Pat Burrell’s three-run homer keyed Tuesday night’s 8-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

The American League East leaders improved baseball’s best record to 15-5. The victory total equals the number they had at the end of April two years ago, when they were 1-0 in March and 14-12 in April.

Pat Burrell (mlb)

Burrell’s three-run homer off Ben Sheets (1-2)  snapped a 4-4 tie in the third inning. In his career against Sheets, Pat Burrell is 8 for 19 with three homers.

The Rays have won 12 of their last 14 and are off to the best start in the team’s 13-year history. However, attendance at Tropicana Field for a first place team was only 10,825.

New Jersey Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire retires at age 64

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Jacques Lemaire New Jersey (nhl)

Jacques Lemaire says that the energy and thrill is gone, so he is retiring from coaching.

Just a few days after the New Jersey Devils were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round for the third straight year, the 64-year-old Lemaire made the surprising announcement that he was retiring.

Lemaire said that he has thought about retiring several times this season  and that losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs had nothing to do with his decision at all.

Devils president Lou Lamoriello said that Lemaire, who is a 1984 Hockey Hall of Fame for his playing career, will stay on with New Jersey in a role that will be determined later.

As far as replacements, Lamoriello has not put together a list of candidates but there are several who have been rumored to be in the hunt: John MacLean, the coach of the Devils’ top farm team (Lowell of the AHL), and Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens, who was an assistant this season.

LeMaire coached 16 seasons in the NHL with Montreal, New Jersey and Minnesota, posting a 588-441 won-lost record. His teams also played 124 ties and lost 60 games in overtime or shootouts.

He won the Jack Adams award as the league’s top coach in 1994 and 2003. This past winter, he was an assistant coach on Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the Vancouver Olympics.

The Devils won the Atlantic Division this past season with a 47-27-7 record, putting them as the number 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. But they were clearly outplayed by the Flyers, the number 7 seed, who beat them nine out of 11 games this season.

Hoiberg leaves the Minnesota T-Wolves for his alma mater

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Iowa State University of the Big 12 Conference has brought back “The Mayor” for a second stint in Ames, and the Cyclones are optimistic that Fred Hoiberg still has the magic touch he show so often as sharp-shooting star at Hilton Coliseum, home of Iowa State.

Hoiberg, known as “The Mayor” during his playing career, replaces Greg McDermott, who left Iowa State after four seasons to take over as head coach at Creighton.

Hoiberg, who was the vice president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, is widely regarded as one of the most popular players  in Iowa State history.

A high school star from Ames High, Fred Hoiberg scored nearly 2,000 points for the hometown Cyclones from 1991-1995. He spent 10 seasons in the NBA with the Pacers, Bulls and Timberwolves before an issue with his heart forced him to retire in 2006.

Fred Hoiberg Iowa State (nba)

An interesting point involving Hoiberg is that while he was involved in collegiate scouting with Minnesota, he’s never been a head coach. He will be inheriting a program with a boat-load of problems including four straight losing seasons and was hit hard by player defections right after the recently completed season.

Iowa State star Craig Brackins declared for the NBA draft, and another standout Marquis Gilstrap had his appeal for an extra season of eligibility denied by the NCAA. Three other players, including starting center Justin Hamilton, have announced plans to transfer.

Greg McDermott, also a popular native Iowan, led Northern Iowa to three straight NCAA tournaments but just couldn’t get Iowa State moving out of the bottom half of the Big 12 Conference. He was only 59-68 and felt more comfortable coaching in the Missouri Valley Conference where Creighton University plays and also his former team, Northern Iowa.

Cleveland polishes off Chicago in Game 5, 96-94

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Antawn Jamison (nba)

LeBron James just missed a triple-double despite having a sore right elbow, and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the next round with Boston by beating Chicago 96-94 in Game 5 on Tuesday night in what has rumored to be Vinny Del Negro’s final game as Bulls coach.

James, scored 19 points, 16 in the second half and had 10 rebounds and 9 rebounds as the Cavs put away the stubborn Bulls 4-1 in the series.

Antawn Jamison scored 25 points for Cleveland whose series with Boston will begin on Saturday.

Derrick Rose scored 31 points and Luol Deng had 26 for the Bulls.

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