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Louisville upsets #1 Syracuse in Freedom Hall Finale

compiled from staff and wire reports

Venerable Freedom Hall in Louisville (wfe)

Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky is only 54 years old, so why will it no longer be the home of the University of Louisville basketball teams? Eventhough the building doesn’t look 54 years old, the university felt a change of venues was needed.

Freedom Hall is a part of the Louisville Fairgrounds and the Kentucky Expositions Center. The university also wanted to have its basketball teams play in the downtown area  where it would be accessible for the average fan to get to the games. Not everybody could get to the fairgrounds. Plus, they needed more seating to satisfy public demand for tickets. So next year, the Cardinals will play in a new downtown arena.

Peyton Siva (2) leads Louisville past Syracuse (lc-j)

In their Freedom Hall finale, Louisville upset #1 Syracuse, 78-68. That closes the history book on Freedom Hall. The arena opened in 1956, with the Cardinals winning 682 games and losing 141. It was host to 6 Final Fours (’58, ’59, ’62, ’63, ’67 and ’69). Louisville only had two losing seasons there in 1998 and 2001. Rick Pitino had a record of 151-26 at Freedom Hall.

Kyle Kuric, a reserve guard will go down in Louisville Cardinals history as a trivia question. “Who helped the Cardinals upset #1 Syracuse in the final game at Freedom Hall”?

The shy and bashful, Kuric scored all 22 of his career-high 22 points in the second half, in helping the Cardinals to the surprising win before a record crowd of 20,135 at the 54 year old arena. The Cardinals have won six straight against the Orange.

Kuric said, “It’s an unbelievable moment. It’s what every kid dreams of growing up.”

Kuric’s heroics may have helped secure Louisville (20-12, 11-7 Big East) a return trip to the NCAA Tournament by sweeping the regular-season series from Syracuse (28-3, 15-3), whose only other loss came against Pittsburgh.

Legendary Louisville coach Denny Crum, who at one time was an assistant to John Wooden at UCLA,  was introduced at halftime along with players from his two national title teams of 1980 and 1986. The court at Freedom Hall is named “Denny Crum Court.”

Despite losing to Louisville, Syracuse is still the regular season champions of the Big East.

GAME NOTES

* Louisville is 4-5 all-time against number 1 ranked teams.

* The Cardinals attempted 40 3-pointers-hitting 12-for the most long-range attempts by a Big East team this season.

* Syracuse suffered its first loss away from the Carrier Dome this season (11-1). Scoop Jardine finished with a team-high 20 points and Wes Johnson added 18.

Finally, Browns honor Josh Cribbs with a new contract

compiled  from staff and wire reports

Josh Cribbs is a dangerous kick returner (wfe)

Cleveland Browns kick returner/wide receiver Josh Cribbs was so elated with his new contract on Friday, that he celebrated it with the people who are his favorites, the fans.

After participating in a news conference at the Browns facility to announce his restructured three-year-deal, the former Kent State star, went to the I-X Center where the 2010 Cleveland Auto Show was being held and announced to a crowd of 2,000 to 3,000 fans that he just received a new deal and would be staying in Cleveland. It has been reported that Cribbs stayed at the Auto Show to sign an estimated 1,500 autographs.

“The fans are the main reason and a huge part of why I re-signed”, Cribbs said.

The contract runs through 2012 and is worth about $20 million, with $7 million to $7.5 million guaranteed, meaning he would be the highest-paid special teams performer in the NFL if he is able to achieve all of his incentives. The minimum value of the deal is the guaranteed money.

2010 Vin Scully Award goes to Ernie Harwell

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Ernie Harwell in Broadcast Booth (SI)

Ernie Harwell will be this year’s recipient of the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting.

The retired broadcaster will receive the award in New York on May5. Harwell who is 92, was the voice of the Detroit Tigers from 1960 to 2002. Harwell said back in September of 2009, that he has inoperable cancer, a month after surgery for an obstructed bile duct. The Detroit Tigers honored him with a tribute at Comerica Park on September 16.

Harwell’s 55-year broadcasting career began in Atlanta in 1946. He moved two years later to the Brooklyn Dodgers. After a few years with the New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles, Ernie formed an association with Detroit.

Harwell was voted the 1981 Ford Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the Hall of Fame.

NCAA Notes: College Basketball

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ohio Valley Conference (ovc)

The Ohio Valley Conference will be changing the format of its tournament next season. All eight teams that qualify for the tournament will compete in Nashville. First-round games currently are played on campus sites with the semifinals and finals moving to Nashville.

The Ohio Valley Conference includes: Tennessee-Martin, Murray State, Austin Peay, Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee State, Eastern Illinois, Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State and Southeast Missouri State.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (un)

Despite fan, alumni and media outcry, Nebraska seems to be sticking with men’s basketball coach Doc Sadler, eventhough the team is in last place of the Big 12 Conference. This is Sadler’s fourth season as coach.

Associate Athletic Director Marc Boehm, who is in charge of men’s and women’s basketball, says that Sadler’s job is safe for now.

The Huskers (14-17, 2-14 Big 12) are having their worst conference season since 1962-63. Last season, Nebraska won 18 games and finished eighth in the Big 12 with an 8-8 record.

Sadler’s contract pays him a base salary of $800,000 a year and runs through the 2013-2014 season.

Former Baldwin-Wallace QB Anthony Gardner stars in European Football League

compiled from wire reports and Baldwin-Wallace Athletic Communications

Anthony Gardner (BW)

Anthony Gardner recently wrapped up a record-setting career at Ohio Athletic Conference member Baldwin-Wallace after the 2009 season. He  transfered  from the University of Hawaii in 2005. Gardner and B-W were a perfect fit as he became a top-notch quarterback in a program known for producing all-conference signal callers.

Gardner’s accomplishments include:

* Four-year letterwinner and a 2009 team captain

* 2008 & 2009 Honorable Mention All-OAC

* Set school-record with 462 yards of total offense against Franklin (Ind) on September 6, 2008 (381 passing, 81 rushing)

* Finished 135 yards shy in 2008 of breaking John Koz’s school-record for passing yards (2,453)

* Named OAC Offensive Player of the Week on October 20, 2008

* Had three 300+ yard passing games

Career-Bests

* Three passing touchdowns in a game (4 times)

* Five total touchdowns (2 rush/3 pass) at Muskingum on October 18, 2008

* 28 completions and 381 yards passing at Franklin (Ind.) on September 6, 2008

* 21-for-28 passing and an 84-yard TD pass at Muskingum on October 18, 2008

* 104 yards rushing at Capital on November 14, 2009

* 76-yard carry vs. Wilmington on September 22, 2007

Gardner’s final season in 2009 shows impressive stats: 10 games, 170-of-273 passing with 9 interceptions, 1,773 yards, 12 touchdown passes, a longest pass of 56 yards, 62.3 completion percentage, 177.3 yard average per game and 124.7 efficiency percentage.

For his career, Gardner’s stats are even more impressive: 37 games, 444-of-746 passing , 25 interceptions, a longest pass of 84 yards, 59.5 completion percentage, 5,258 passing yards,142.1 yard average per game and a 127.1 efficiency percentage.

A good running quarterback, in 37 games, he rushed 312 times for 828 yards, with 10 touchdowns, a 2.7 yards per carry, a 22.4 average.

In January of 2010, Anthony Gardner signed to play professional football in France.

Last week in a game in the European Football League, his team, Ironmark defeated Nimes Centurions, 44-12. Gardner had nice game, 11-of-16 passing for 240 yards and 4 touchdowns. He added 3 rushes for 26 yards.

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