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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.

Wednesday News:

Dave Winfield, Ken Caminiti, Phil Nevin and Will Venable. Those are the only four San Diego Padres to have at least 40 hits and at least eight home runs in a single month. Venable finished August 40-for-109 at the plate with the National League's top slugging percentage. Then yesterday Venable was rewarded with a two year deal worth $8.5 million dollars.

Richmond, Oregon State, Fairfield and Denver all announced their 2013-14 schedules.

The Stags got word that Pitt transfer Malcolm Gilbert will be eligible to play this season.

USA Today has Joe Scott's Pioneers ranked 51st nationally.

Yesterday Aaron Young held a press conference to announce he was heading to Princeton. Look for profiles on Young and Mike LeBlanc coming to the site soon.

Thursday News:

Italian top division team Cantu is reportedly interested in signing Ian Hummer.

With Hummer's graduation, Princeton is sixth in the Ivy League in returning player minutes.

Judson Wallace is out of action following hernia surgery.

Will Venable continued his amazing August, swatting home run number 20 (video) in a San Diego Padres victory. A statistical analysis of Venable's season shows that he may finally have found his groove

Craig Robinson addressed myriad topics at an informal Oregon State press conference.

A combination guard/forward has committed to Fairfield.

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.

Monday News:

Will Venable has a career long fifteen game hitting streak going, a stretch that's included such highlights as four hits on Saturday and a walk off home run (plus subsequent double dousing) versus the Mets yesterday. Venable has the fourth-highest batting average of any player in baseball since the All-Star break.

There's a Q&A up with Princeton assistant Brett MacConnell.

What career would Sydney Johnson have pursued if he had not gone into coaching?

Three generations of Levys - Sydney, Howie and now Lior - have won gold medals in basketball at the Maccabiah Games.

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.

Thursday News:

Edo Lawrence and Ben Hazel are teammates in the JSBL. You can see box scores for a pair of their recent contests here (page two) and here (page three).

Jimmy Sherburne is playing in the Milwaukee Pro-Am again this summer.

It appears you can catch Will Barrett and "Gabe Lewellis" as teammates at the DelCo Pro-Am.

While Ian Hummer made the Lakers' Summer League roster, he has yet to get off the bench (a trio of "DNP-Coach's Decision" lines). Perhaps that will change in today's game against Milwaukee.

I have not been following Hans Brase closely as he represents Germany at the U-20 European Championship. Brase's squad plays France tomorrow and will finish somewhere between ninth and 12th place in the 20 team tournament.

A plan for the Ivy League's digital network is becoming clear.

Craig Robinson is heading to China next month.

Howie Levy's son Lior and daughter Mia will keep the family's legacy going at the just-underway Maccabiah Games.

Sydney Johnson discusses Fairfield's recruiting class and summer sessions.

Here's more on Jimmy Lane being named the head coach at Monmouth Regional High School.

Before the All-Star break, Will Venable (video) hit his 11th home run of the season.

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.

Thursday News:

Mike Francesa brought his radio show to Fairfield yesterday and Sydney Johnson joined him for a 12 minute segment.

Princeton volunteer assistant Dan Geriot is leaving the Tigers staff after two seasons for a position at Campbell.

Chris Young had a rough outing in his first appearance for the Syracuse Chiefs.

In 1965 Bill Bradley was an Oxford scholar turned European champion.

Bradley served as the inspiration for another Rhodes Scholar, football player Myron Rolle.

A piece on new Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan includes quotes from Pete Carril and George Leftwich Sr.

Rick Pitino was asked about what made a number of coaches Hall of Famers, including Carril.

A survey on two possible major changes to college basketball included the opinions of Chris Mooney and Craig Robinson. What do you think about starting practice sooner and/or cutting five seconds off the shot clock?

YouTube potpourri XCV.

Here's the latest collection of videos from various corners of the Princeton basketball family. Above, Judson Wallace celebrates 100 games with FC Barcelona and looks back on his time as a Tiger.

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

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Wednesday News:

Will Venable hit his first home run of the season (video) and added a bases loaded triple (video) as San Diego won their home opener over Los Angeles.

Prior to Wichita State's appearance in the Final Four last weekend, Bill Bradley spoke about the 58 points he scored the previous time the Shockers advanced so far.

Big Apple Buckets talked with a candid Sydney Johnson about Fairfield's up and down season.

John Thompson III is just one of the countless people in Jeff Green's corner.

Saturday News:

Bill Bradley was selected as one the top 15 All-Time March Madness Players by the NCAA.

After looking for a major league deal elsewhere, Chris Young rejoined Washington for an incentive-laden minor league agreement.

A piece on Michigan head coach John Beilein has several quotes from Richmond coach Chris Mooney.

Princeton recruit Henry Caruso was awarded First Team All-Mercury News status.

Fairfield has already named their captain for next season.

The first transfer list of 2013 includes one Ivy League name.

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