By Gemma Karstens-Smith The Canadian Press Wed., Aug. 1, 2018 KAMLOOPS, B.C.—The Hughes brothers used to play mini-stick hockey in their basement, pretending they were on the same NHL team. Now that dream is edging closer to reality, with two of the brothers among hockey’s fastest rising stars. Eighteen-year-old Quinn was taken seventh overall by the Vancouver Canucks at this year’s draft and 17-year-old Jack is an early favourite to be next year’s top pick. Their younger brother, 14-year-old Luke, played major bantam AAA in Detroit last year. Whether the Hughes siblings will ever get to play on the same NHL team remains to be seen, but the day when Quinn and Jack play in the same league appears to be just around the corner. Article Continued Below “(Playing together) is something all brothers dream of and that’d be pretty fun,” said Quinn. This week, Quinn and Jack are on the ice together in Kamloops, B.C., where … [Read more...] about Hughes brothers say playing together on U.S. world junior team is a ‘cool experience’
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By Nancy Armour USA Today Sun., April 15, 2018 Hallelujah. For once, the NCAA is showing some common sense. Rather than its usual myopic devotion to its antiquated rulebook, the NCAA has given its blessing to Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale’s participation on the new season of Dancing With the Stars. Not only that, she can keep any prize money she wins, as well as that coveted mirror ball. If this seems like a no-brainer, it is. One of the most-watched shows on TV featuring Ogunbowale in its cast is nothing but positive publicity for Notre Dame, women’s basketball, college athletics and, yes, Ogunbowale and her career. Which is why it’s so stunning the NCAA went along with it. If you read the NCAA rules — Bylaw 12.4.1, to be exact — Ogunbowale shouldn’t be able to participate. NCAA rules prohibit athletes from profiting on anything that results from “the publicity, reputation, fame or personal following that he or she has … [Read more...] about NCAA dances around rules to let women’s Final Four star shine
Few images are more associated with March Madness than that of Christian Laettner, arms raised triumphantly in the air, ecstatic after hitting a game-winning buzzer beater against Kentucky. It’s the sort of dramatic moment that the NCAA tournament was made for. It doesn’t hurt that those Laettner-led duke teams, love them or hate them, are among the most dominant teams in college basketball history. Those 1992 Duke Blue Devils were back-to-back national champions, were playing in the program’s fifth straight Final Four, and capped off their season by thrashing Michigan in the title game. Below, we take a look at some of the key contributors to that storied team, as well as where they went after that iconic game. Christian Laettner was the Blue Devils leading scoring in 1992 as a senior and was the unanimous national player of the year. Laettner was infamously chosen for the 1992 Olympics Dream Team over Shaquille O’Neal. He entered the NBA in … [Read more...] about WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Christian Laettner’s legendary 1992 Duke Blue Devils team.