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Terrorist list affects Gonzaga recruit
Shooting guard Bol Kong has drawn interest from a number of universities and recently received a scholarship offer from Gonzaga. It is the defense he has met off the court that has slowed him -- and could prevent him from ever playing for the Bulldogs or anyone else in the United States. Kong, 20, is originally from Sudan, which is listed by the United States as a state sponsor of terrorism. Although he has lived in Canada since age 7, he does not hold citizenship there. He has been denied a visa to study in the United States three times, and it is unclear if he will ever satisfy the requirements for entry. (New York Times)
Friend: Junior ain't that great
A friend has been repeating the fact for weeks now that Dale Earnhardt Jr., despite the team switch, despite the money, despite everything else, hasn't yet won a race. And, he notes, he hasn't won in more than two years. "I just don't see where he is that great," he says. He's not alone. Though he's sitting third in the points standings and had his fair share of bad luck, every week that goes by without a win, brings up talk of Earnhardt's winless streak. "He never wins," the friend added, "he is the same thing NASCAR hated when [Matt] Kenseth won [the title]...He does laps." No surprise, the friend fears the use of his name will launch an attack by members of the Junior Nation, which, race fans know, is as strong and vocal as the Kiss Army. (New York Daily News)
Tiger: No one watches hockey
The PGA Championship at Oakland Hills, Mich., is two months away, but Tiger Woods took the first unofficial shot of the tournament Monday when he teed off on Hockeytown. During a news conference at Oakland Hills Country Club, where Woods appeared via satellite, the two-time defending champion was asked whether he was rooting for the Red Wings or the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night at Joe Louis Arena. Woods chuckled at the question. Then he let 'er rip. "I don't really care," he said with an impish smile. "It's all about the Dodgers. I don't think anyone really watches hockey anymore."(Detroit Free Press)
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Detroit Red Wings Dallas Drake, left, helps teammate Chris Osgood drink champagne out of the Stanley Cup in their locker room after they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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