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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2000
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Marvis Thornton Jr. is the legal name, given by the father who believed his first born should be named after him. Less than two weeks after he was born, however, Marvis Jr. had a new name, given to him in honor of the favorite funk band of his mother, Darlene Grimes. "I just started calling him Bootsy," she said. "I never thought much about it. He's just always been my Bootsy." It stuck, to the point that Bootsy Thornton has never known any other name. "I had no choice.
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By Jeff Friedman and Jeff Friedman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 23, 2001
Although some basketball fans can think of no one less fortunate than Atlanta Hawks center Theo Ratliff, traded from the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers to the rebuilding Hawks, Ratliff says he is concerned with the truly less fortunate. To raise money to help some of them, Ratliff plans to hold the first Champions for the Community Charity Basketball Game on July 7 at the Baltimore Arena. The game, to benefit the Associated Black Charities, will be played by two teams of top NBA players from around the league.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | January 30, 1999
NEW YORK -- The first time Erick Barkley saw Bootsy Thornton play was in a game at a summer camp while they were both in high school. The point guard from New York was quite impressed with the shooting guard from Baltimore."
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March 31, 2000
College basketball Drexler quits as coach at Houston; Knight, AD had shouting match Clyde Drexler ended a two-year stint as Houston's men's coach, returning to private life after an All-Star career as an NBA player. Drexler said he made a difficult choice between basketball and parenting. "It could not get any harder. You just can't do both," he said. "Because coaching is a challenge, it makes you want to come back. But if you do, you know you're going to be negligent in other areas.
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By Don Markus | March 13, 2000
Going to Indianapolis: Despite its off-court problems with the NCAA involving point guard Erick Barkley, the Red Storm has won 11 of its past 12 games. St. John's gets solid inside play and relies on Barkley and senior Bootsy Thornton (Dunbar) from the perimeter. Team on the rise: It has been a season-long comeback for LSU, which has returned from a virtual NCAA death penalty under third-year coach John Brady and stars Stromile Swift and Jabari Smith. Team on the decline: Purdue lost its regular season finale to Indiana, then helped Wisconsin get into the NCAA tournament by losing to the Badgers in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.
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By NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | February 6, 2000
NEW YORK -- St. John's University benched star point guard Erick Barkley for yesterday's game against Boston College for violating an NCAA rule, school officials said. Coach Mike Jarvis and athletic director Ed Manetta wouldn't say what prompted the suspension. But they did say they were forced to discipline the fast-rising sophomore because the NCAA inaccurately interpreted a rule, quashing Barkley's rights in the process. "You are guilty until proven innocent," Jarvis said after the Red Storm's 59-58 win over Boston College at Alumni Hall.
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By Don Markus | March 20, 1999
South Regional finalAt Knoxville, Tenn.No. 3 St. John's (28-8) vs. No. 4 Ohio State (26-8)Time: 6 p.m. todayTV: Chs. 13, 9Line: St. John's by 4Conference records: St. John's finished third in the Big East with a 14-4 record. Ohio State finished second in the Big Ten at 10-5.Coaches: Mike Jarvis is 28-8 in his first season at St. John's, 253-81 in 14 years overall. Jim O'Brien is 34-30 in two years at Ohio State, 269-247 in 17 years overall.Starting lineups: St. John's: PG Erick Barkley (13.5 ppg, 4.7 apg)
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By Jeff Friedman and Jeff Friedman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 23, 2001
Although some basketball fans can think of no one less fortunate than Atlanta Hawks center Theo Ratliff, traded from the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers to the rebuilding Hawks, Ratliff says he is concerned with the truly less fortunate. To raise money to help some of them, Ratliff plans to hold the first Champions for the Community Charity Basketball Game on July 7 at the Baltimore Arena. The game, to benefit the Associated Black Charities, will be played by two teams of top NBA players from around the league.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2000
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Gonzaga did it again. No, this isn't a reference to its 82-76 win yesterday over No. 2 seed St. John's, supposedly an upset because of the Bulldogs' No. 10 seeding in the West Regional. Nor is this a reference to another appearance by Gonzaga in the Sweet 16. Gonzaga made it to the West Regional final a year ago, and except for a loss against eventual national champion Connecticut, the team is perfect against "superior" teams in the past two years of the NCAA tournament.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2000
TUCSON, Ariz. -- In what was the biggest near-upset, Lavor Postell hit a leaning 10-foot jumper and Erick Barkley made a game-saving steal to preserve a 61-56 victory for No. 2 seed St. John's over No. 15 seed Northern Arizona in a first-round West Regional game. The Lumberjacks (20-10) held a 56-55 lead over the Red Storm (25-7) after a Cory Schwab three-pointer with 29 seconds left. However, Postell responded by hitting a jumper and converting a three-point play to give St. John's a two-point lead with 10.9 second left.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2000
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Gonzaga did it again. No, this isn't a reference to its 82-76 win yesterday over No. 2 seed St. John's, supposedly an upset because of the Bulldogs' No. 10 seeding in the West Regional. Nor is this a reference to another appearance by Gonzaga in the Sweet 16. Gonzaga made it to the West Regional final a year ago, and except for a loss against eventual national champion Connecticut, the team is perfect against "superior" teams in the past two years of the NCAA tournament.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2000
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Marvis Thornton Jr. is the legal name, given by the father who believed his first born should be named after him. Less than two weeks after he was born, however, Marvis Jr. had a new name, given to him in honor of the favorite funk band of his mother, Darlene Grimes. "I just started calling him Bootsy," she said. "I never thought much about it. He's just always been my Bootsy." It stuck, to the point that Bootsy Thornton has never known any other name. "I had no choice.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2000
TUCSON, Ariz. -- In what was the biggest near-upset, Lavor Postell hit a leaning 10-foot jumper and Erick Barkley made a game-saving steal to preserve a 61-56 victory for No. 2 seed St. John's over No. 15 seed Northern Arizona in a first-round West Regional game. The Lumberjacks (20-10) held a 56-55 lead over the Red Storm (25-7) after a Cory Schwab three-pointer with 29 seconds left. However, Postell responded by hitting a jumper and converting a three-point play to give St. John's a two-point lead with 10.9 second left.
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By Don Markus | March 13, 2000
Going to Indianapolis: Despite its off-court problems with the NCAA involving point guard Erick Barkley, the Red Storm has won 11 of its past 12 games. St. John's gets solid inside play and relies on Barkley and senior Bootsy Thornton (Dunbar) from the perimeter. Team on the rise: It has been a season-long comeback for LSU, which has returned from a virtual NCAA death penalty under third-year coach John Brady and stars Stromile Swift and Jabari Smith. Team on the decline: Purdue lost its regular season finale to Indiana, then helped Wisconsin get into the NCAA tournament by losing to the Badgers in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.
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By NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | February 6, 2000
NEW YORK -- St. John's University benched star point guard Erick Barkley for yesterday's game against Boston College for violating an NCAA rule, school officials said. Coach Mike Jarvis and athletic director Ed Manetta wouldn't say what prompted the suspension. But they did say they were forced to discipline the fast-rising sophomore because the NCAA inaccurately interpreted a rule, quashing Barkley's rights in the process. "You are guilty until proven innocent," Jarvis said after the Red Storm's 59-58 win over Boston College at Alumni Hall.
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By Don Markus | March 20, 1999
South Regional finalAt Knoxville, Tenn.No. 3 St. John's (28-8) vs. No. 4 Ohio State (26-8)Time: 6 p.m. todayTV: Chs. 13, 9Line: St. John's by 4Conference records: St. John's finished third in the Big East with a 14-4 record. Ohio State finished second in the Big Ten at 10-5.Coaches: Mike Jarvis is 28-8 in his first season at St. John's, 253-81 in 14 years overall. Jim O'Brien is 34-30 in two years at Ohio State, 269-247 in 17 years overall.Starting lineups: St. John's: PG Erick Barkley (13.5 ppg, 4.7 apg)
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By Bill Free and Paul McMullen and Bill Free and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 18, 1999
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It's been a wild ride through the skies for the Maryland basketball team on the last three road trips and some players are wondering what can go wrong next.There was an emergency landing at BWI Airport on Feb. 27, complete with flashing red-light rescue trucks on the runway; severe turbulence on a trip home March 6 from the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., and a six-hour flight delay due to mechanical problems in Orlando, Fla., last Saturday night.
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March 31, 2000
College basketball Drexler quits as coach at Houston; Knight, AD had shouting match Clyde Drexler ended a two-year stint as Houston's men's coach, returning to private life after an All-Star career as an NBA player. Drexler said he made a difficult choice between basketball and parenting. "It could not get any harder. You just can't do both," he said. "Because coaching is a challenge, it makes you want to come back. But if you do, you know you're going to be negligent in other areas.
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By Bill Free and Paul McMullen and Bill Free and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 18, 1999
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It's been a wild ride through the skies for the Maryland basketball team on the last three road trips and some players are wondering what can go wrong next.There was an emergency landing at BWI Airport on Feb. 27, complete with flashing red-light rescue trucks on the runway; severe turbulence on a trip home March 6 from the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., and a six-hour flight delay due to mechanical problems in Orlando, Fla., last Saturday night.
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