- With a pending contract extension for rising superstar Deron Williams and tons of money tied up in Andrei Kirilenko’s multi-year, multimillion dollar deal, rumors have been swirling about the future of former Duke stand-out Carlos Boozer on the Utah Jazz. The talk—which surrounds Boozer’s potential departure to Miami where helives in the offseason—has been so heated that the Salt Lake Tribune published this story yesterday stating that the Jazz will not petition the NBA to conduct an inquiry into whether the Heat acted improperly in pursuing Boozer before his contract expired. Tribune columnist Gordon Monson penned a column earlier this week questioning Boozer’s real value to the Jazz.
- Football head coach David Cutcliffeannounced the hiring of five new staff members Thursday, including new video coordinator Tom Long, assistant strength and conditioning coach Luke Barthel, and equipment staff members Jay Bissette, Todd McMinn and Wesley Pickell. Barthel spent the past two years on the strength and conditioning staff at Ole Miss, where he played four years of baseball, and Long was a video assistant with the Washington Redskins before working for a private technical support firm.
- The 2008 All-ACC Academic teams for lacrosse were announced Thursday, with the men’s side placing a league-leading 15 athletes on the squad and the women boasting a league-leading nine members. The athletes honored were: Matt Danowski, Mike Catalino, Zach Howell, Chris Loftus, Dan Loftus, Tony McDevitt, Parker McKee, Terrence Molinari, Nick O’Hara, Sam Payton, Max Quinzani, Brad Ross, Steve Schoeffel, Michael Ward, Michael Young, Carolyn Davis, Aiyana Newton, Allie Johnson, Jess Adam, Kim Imbesi, Megan Del Monte, Danielle Kachulis, Emma Hamm and Sarah Bullard.
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—by Meredith Shiner