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Monday News:

The re-invention of Will Venable continues, and no one is enjoying Venable's breakout season as much as Princeton baseball coach Scott Bradley.

Here's video of Venable taking Roy Halladay deep for his 22nd home run of the season.

John Thompson III was elected to the National Association Basketball Coaches' board of directors.

Thompson's Hoyas added a highly touted power forward to their 2014 recruiting class.

Speaking of recruits, Alec Brennan made an official visit to Princeton over the weekend.

Fairfield is hosting their second-annual day-long coaching clinic on October 20. Sydney Johnson has again put together an impressive list of guest instructors, as Bill Carmody, Seth Greenberg and Mitch Buonaguro with all be joining him. That's over 800 NCAA victories combined by the guests!

Johnson appears on a David Aldridge list titled "College Basketball Coaches Who Were Studs as Players."

You can watch Johnson discuss integrating many new faces into his program for 2013-14.

Judson Wallace talks about what he'll bring to Olimpia Milano.

It seems that Chris Young pitched for the first time since late May, throwing a pair of innings for the Nationals' Gulf Coast League team last month and going three innings for the Auburn Doubledays on September 3rd.

Richard Stengel is leaving Time Magazine for a job with the State Department.

Several of you sent me this piece about the declining Academic Progress Rate at Harvard.

Monday News:

Gary Walters will step down as Princeton's athletic director at the close of the 2013-14 academic year.

The complete Georgetown schedule for the upcoming season has been released.

August was a career month for Will Venable, who compares rhythm at the plate with shooting a free throw. Home run number 21 (video) for Venable gave him both the San Diego season records for most HRs at Petco Park and most lead-off homers in a Padres career. Venable's slugging percentage tops the National League since the All-Star break.

Monday News:

Please join me in wishing Stan Adelson a happy birthday! Stan turned 90 yesterday. I love you Stan and I know I'm not alone with that sentiment.

Mitch Henderson and Sydney Johnson both made David Aldridge's list titled the "10 Best College Basketball Coaches Under 40 Years Old."

More lists! You can find John Thompson III and Joe Scott in a peer poll of the top 25 X's and O's coaches.

On the other end of the spectrum, see Craig Robinson as part of the "10 Worst Dressed Coaches in College Basketball." Personally, I appreciate the no tie look!

Thirteen Ivy League coaches were asked "Which six players in the conference would you most want on your team, regardless of position?" Just one Princeton returnee was a given response.

Will Venable was named the National League Player of the Week for the stretch ending August 18. A simple approach allowed Venable to become a complete player during his hitting streak, which ended at 15 games.

On Friday night San Diego came from six runs down to beat the Chicago Cubs. In addition to a two run triple off the top of the center field wall, Venable hammered a home run (video) to send the Padres in front late.

Going 9-22 at the plate after a lone hitless performance, Venable's season average has risen all the way to .272. He went deep again (video) on Saturday, HR number 19 for the former Princeton player.

Mike Brennan and American have released their 2013-14 schedule.

Saturday News:

Mason Rocca began his overseas professional career in Jesi and nine years after originally departing, Rocca has returned to Pala Triccoli following a single season with Bologna.

Here's more on Judson Wallace signing with Olimpia Milano.

Ben Hazel and Edo Lawrence's squad lost in opening round of the JSBL playoffs. See page two for a box score.

Will Venable reacts to the suspension of teammate Everth Cabrera. Last night Venable set a new career high with his 14th home run of the season (video).

A creative schedule awaits Georgetown in 2013-14, including an Erev Super Bowl contest at MSG.

Fairfield needs one at least game to complete their upcoming non-conference slate.

Monday News:

It appears Judson Wallace is returning to Italy, as he's poised to sign with Olimpia Milano.

Moved to the middle of the San Diego lineup, Will Venable has continued his hot streak. This stretch included Venable's 13th home run of the season (video), matching a career best. Venable also shared his thoughts on penalties for cheating in baseball with the Associated Press.

Princeton's game at Penn State will be take place at a venue the Nittany Lions haven't used for a game since 1996.

Georgetown and Oregon will tip the season in an even-less-tradtional venue: a United States Army base in South Korea.

Oregon State suspended a pair of forwards indefinitely.

A number of Princeton basketball slides have shown up on eBay, including this color shot of Geoff Petrie.

Here are stats through seven games for Jimmy Sherburne at the Milwaukee Pro-Am.

Dick Kazmaier passed away last week at the age of 82. Not only did Kazmaier's jersey number inspire Bill Bradley to don 42 but Kazmaier also earned a pair of varsity letters playing basketball. He scored 88 career points including a career high 13 against Dartmouth in 1951.

The Division I Men's Basketball Committee has altered the guidelines for seeding in the NCAA Tournament.

YouTube potpourri XCVII.

Here's the latest collection of videos from various corners of the Princeton basketball family. Above, Tiger recruit Amir Bell at the Reebok Breakout Classic.

Seven additional clips of varying lengths and sources can be found after the jump.

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Wednesday News:

Wishing a happy and healthy 83rd birthday to Pete Carril!

Armond Hill has joined the staff of the Los Angeles Clippers under former Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

Otto Porter drew additional praise from John Thompson III.

There's a Q&A with Fairfield head coach Sydney Johnson. It is unclear when Pitt transfer Malcolm Gilbert will be eligible to join the Stags' roster.

A reminder that Princeton recruit Spencer Weisz is playing for the United States' U-19 squad at the Maccabiah Games. The team's first contest is July 21.

Wednesday News:

Jimmy Lane is the new head coach at Monmouth Regional High School.

The Los Angeles Lakers have invited Ian Hummer to join their Summer League team. This does not guarantee a spot on the final roster when games begin on July 12 in Las Vegas, however.

Ben Hazel and Edo Lawrence are slated to participate in the just-underway Jersey Shore Basketball League.

Last week Georgetown's Otto Porter was the third pick in the NBA draft.

A highly regarded forward will join the Hoyas in 2014.

Will Venable has been going "all Louganis" in the outfield this season. Here's video of yet another diving catch.

Thursday News:

Been traveling for over a week. Let's see what was happening while I was on the road...

Geoff Petrie will not be back as the Sacramento Kings' general manager. His contract expires at the end of the month.

Feel free to vote for Will Venable on your All-Star Game ballot. The polls close on July 4th. Venable may only be hitting .210 but he continues to lead the Padres in home runs. Here's video of the shot that got him into double figures for the season.

One columnist wants the Utah Jazz to draft Ian Hummer for fairly ridiculous reasons.

John Thompson III Joined "Mike & Mike" on ESPN Radio.

Hoya forward Greg Whittington could miss the 2013-14 season due to injury.

Should Armond Hill get consideration as the next head coach of the Boston Celtics?

Judson Wallace did not score for Barcelona in the deciding game of the ACB playoffs, which went to Real Madrid. Wallace has joked elsewhere online that he is now "unemployed."

A slideshow honoring George Leftwich Sr., who retired as Archbishop Carroll's athletic director.

Stephen Goldsmith's brother and Howie Levy's son were just two local friends to throw a local high school graduation party benefitting Derek's Dreams.

YouTube potpourri XCVI.

Here's the latest collection of videos from various corners of the Princeton basketball family that I've been sitting on for far too long. Above, Tiger recruit Khyan Rayner is interviewed.

Six additional clips of varying lengths and sources can be found after the jump.

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Monday News:

Princeton recruit Amir Bell is ready to lead his senior season.

The exact location has yet to be announced but Georgetown will play Oregon in the Armed Forces Classic this November. Hoya head coach John Thompson III guested on ESPN 980 recently, talking about Otto Porter's draft prospects, Roy Hibbert's development and other topics.

While in town for Reunions, Craig Robinson spoke with the Daily Princetonian.

I'm guessing T.J. Bray doesn't need to see another tennis racquet for a good while.

Ian Hummer worked out with the Phoenix Suns and has at least four more workouts scheduled. This brief evaluation of Hummer's skills is a fair one.

Tiger assistant Marcus Jenkins took part in the NCAA-Black Coaches and Administrators Achieving Coaching Excellence Program.

Monday News:

Steve Mills is reportedly the leading candidate to become the new executive director of the NBA players' union.

Craig Robinson, Sean Gregory and Mitch Henderson were part of a panel over the weekend titled "Sports: The Inside Story."

At Princeton's annual Senior Banquet, Ian Hummer was one of the recipients of the William Winston Roper Trophy.

John Thompson III shares some details on next season at Georgetown.

Finally, here's a great photo of Will Venable mid-Gatorade douse.

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