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Steve Kerr hired to coach Golden State Warriors

Steve Kerr NBA (2007 photo by jmrosenfeld via wikipedia commons)

It had been rumored for weeks by the so-called NBA experts in the media, that when Phil Jackson took over as team president of the New York Knicks that he would hire Steve Kerr.

To some it seemed far-fetched that Jackson would actually hire Kerr, who has never been an NBA head coach, to lead the Knicks.

While Jackson was still deciding on who he would hire, Kerr was also negotiating with the Golden State Warriors.

As it turned out, the Warriors out-bid the Knicks and have hired Kerr away from his job as a TNT broadcaster to replace Mark Jackson as their head coach.

Kerr, according to his agent, will be paid $25 million dollars on a five-year deal.

The 48-year-old Kerr was born in Beirut, Lebanon while his dad, Malcolm was engaged in higher learning and research in the Middle East.

The former point guard played his college basketball at the University of Arizona for Lute Olson and his teammates included Sean Elliott, Tom Tolbert and Kenny Lofton.

As an NBA player, the 6’3, 175-pounder played for Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando, Chicago, San Antonio twice and Portland. He scored 5,437 points and 1,658 assists. He won five NBA Championships.

Sabbatini done in by Woods in the last three holes, finishes tied for 2nd at Memorial

RORY SABBATINI PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO

50,649 RORY SABBATINI SUNDAY MEMORIAL TIED FOR 2ND

Rory Sabbatini talks about a great week of golf at the Memorial (megasportsnews.com)

Rory Sabbatini, the 36-year-old former University of Arizona golfer from Durban, South Africa, turned in a runner-up performance is the 14th of his PGA Tour career and first since the season-opening 2010 match at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The runner-up round of golf by Sabbatini, who has 6 pro wins, is his second top 10 of the 2012 season and comes in his 16th start of the year. He previously posted a tie at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January.

Rory Sabbatini drives golf ball (photo by Tom Theodore, courtesy of Columbus Wired)

Sabbatini, who tied for second with Andres Romero, posted a top 10 at the Memorial Tournament for the first time in his eighth appearance. Prior to 2012, Sabbatini’s best result was a tied for 11th in 2004.

 

Stuart Mason & Monica Steele also contributed to this story

The Griffey legacy continues with Trey playing college football

 

Ken Griffey Jr's son Trey heading to play for the Arizona Wildcats (photo by Rdikeman via wikipedia commons)

Everybody knows that the baseball Griffeys, Ken Sr. and Ken Jr. were great players.

Well, fans of that family probably was wondering if there was another on the way to pro baseball.

No, but there is one who could be headed to the NFL but first, he’ll play at the University of Arizona.

Trey Griffey, grandson of Ken Sr. and son of Ken Jr. has made an oral commitment to play football for the Wildcats.

Being selecting to play in Tucson, Trey was recruited by Arizona State, Iowa State, Michigan State and Washington State.

Last season for Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, Trey caught 74 passes for 970 yards and as a wide receiver.

Just like his dad, he is tall at 6’2 and weighs 190 pounds.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio & Recruiting news

Archie Miller named new men’s basketball coach at Dayton

Archie Miller meets the media and players (courtesy of UD athletics)

The University of Dayton has selected one of the top young assistant coaches in college basketball today to its new basketball coach, naming Ryan “Archie” Miller.

The 32-year-old Miller comes to Dayton from the University of Arizona where as Associate Head Coach he helped the Wildcats to a 30-8 season that ended with an Elite Eight berth. Miller succeeds Brian Gregory, who was named head coach at Georgia Tech last week.

Miller has a recent connection to two teams that just missed the Final Four this season. Prior to the last two years at Arizona, he was at Ohio State for two seasons.

Miller is the 19th coach in Dayton history, and just the sixth Flyer coach in the last 64 years. The others include Tom Blackburn, Don Donoher, Jim O’Brien, Oliver Purnell and Brian Gregory.

Miller will be taking over a UD team which enjoyed its fourth straight 20-win season in 2010-11. Dayton will return three starters-Chris Johnson, Paul Williams and Josh Benson-from the team that was 22-14 and played in the NIT after reaching the championship game of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Erica Blasberg, LPGA player found dead at 25

compiled from staff, wire, University of Arizona and LPGA reports

Erica Blasberg (LPGA)

25-year-old LPGA Tour golfer Erica Blasberg was found dead found dead on Sunday.

Henderson, Nevada police spokesman Keith Paul said on Monday that authorities are investigating the death and it is not known if foul play was involved or not. Blasberg had only played in one event this season. She tied for 44th two weeks ago at the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico.

Blasberg had a successful career at the University of Arizona before turning pro in 2004. Greg Allen, is her former coach with the Wildcats and remembers her as a fiery competitor whom the Wildcats called “Skip”. When she showed up for her first workout as a freshman in 2002, the Arizona trainer asked the women’s golf team to warm up by skipping around the track. Blasberg told the trainer she didn’t know how to skip. Coach Allen said that her teammates and coaches gave her the appropriate nickname.

Blasberg was a very high-profile and decorate collegiate golfer, winning six tournaments in two years. She was named Golfweek’s 2003 Player of the Year after finishing the season number 1 in the rankings. She also was the 2003 NGCA Freshman of the Year, Pacific 10 Player of the Year and competed on the victorious 2004 Curtis Cup team.

The California native turned professional in June 2004, posting top-10′s in eight starts on the Duramed Futures Tour, including a win at the Lacona Savings Bank Futures Golf Classic. She qualified for the LPGA later that fall.

Erica Blasberg (U of Arizona photo)

Blasberg has struggled on the LPGA Tour, never finishing higher than 94th on the money list. Her career-low 64 on the LPGA Tour came while competing at the Welch’s/Fry Championship, while she was competing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption.

Blasberg, who was quiet and shy, always stayed to herself, did have a few endorsement deals with Puma Golf, Casio and Cleveland Golf.

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