UCLA unveiled an 8-foot bronze statue of basketball coaching legend John Wooden outside newly renovated Pauley Pavilion. Wooden died in 2010 at age 99.
Statue of Wooden is unveiled
outside Pauley Pavilion
UCLA unveiled an 8-foot bronze statue of the late John Wooden, who coached the Bruins to 10 NCAA titles, outside newly renovated Pauley Pavilion on campus.
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Wooden’s family members, who were consulted by sculptor Blair Buswell, were pleased with how the nearly 400-pound tribute turned out after a few tweaks suggested by Wooden’s daughter, Nan.
“The ears weren’t quite right,” she said, noting her father’s right earlobe was slightly longer than his left. She also had Buswell smooth out the area under her father’s arms and jacket that originally made it look as if the trim coach had a pot belly.
“I just wanted people to look at him and be able to say, ‘That’s John Wooden,’ ” she said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt.”
Wooden died in 2010 at age 99.
UCLA alum Jim Collins and his wife, Carol, donated the money for the statue. Collins, chairman emeritus of Sizzler International, recalled asking Wooden to serve on the steak restaurant’s board of directors because the coach and his wife, Nell, often ate at the location near their home.
“For nine years, he never missed a meeting,” Collins said.
Indiana is No. 1 in AP poll
Indiana, coached by Tom Crean, is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ preseason Top 25 poll — a first for the Hoosiers since the 1979-80 season, when Bob Knight was the coach.
Louisville is ranked second and defending national champion Kentucky is third. Gonzaga is ranked 21st.
In the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll released last week, the same teams were 1-2-3 and the Zags were 22nd.
As for Pac-12 teams in the AP media poll, Arizona is 12th and UCLA is 13th.
Jones to play for Iowa State
Ex-USC point guard Maurice Jones has transferred to Iowa State and will be eligible for the 2013-14 season. Jones, who has two seasons of eligibility left, averaged 13 points and 3.5 assists for the Trojans last season.
Robinson excels for Bulls
Nate Robinson, a former Washington Huskies standout, scored a game-high 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting and added eight assists as the host Chicago Bulls beat Indiana 97-90 in an exhibition game.
Meanwhile, ex-UW player Quincy Pondexter scored 16 points for Memphis in a 120-106 loss to visiting Toronto.
Azarenka secures No. 1 status
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wrapped up the season-ending No. 1 position in the world by beating Li Na of China 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in the WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Azarenka will meet Maria Sharapova of Russia in the semifinal round.
In the other semifinal Saturday, American Serena Williams will face Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.
EPL will cut ties with Fox
English Premier League matches will no longer air on Fox’s networks in the United States after this season.
Fox Sports Media Group said in a statement the EPL informed the company it would not be accepting its bid. Fox Soccer had been the primary U.S. outlet for the Premiership for almost two decades. Fox sublicensed some of its games to ESPN.
Fox still owns rights for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, among other events, and will broadcast men’s and women’s World Cups from 2015 to 2022.
There is speculation the EPL could move to NBC’s networks.
Promoter to seek refund
A Dallas promotions company that paid Lance Armstrong $7 million for winning his sixth Tour de France title is demanding he return the money.
A spokesman for SCA Promotions said the company will send Armstrong a demand letter Monday now that Armstrong’s seven Tour de France titles have been revoked.
Armstrong’s attorneys have said SCA entered a voluntary settlement to pay Armstrong and contend the company cannot get its money back.
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Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia took the women’s short program, and Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada was second.
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