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Thursday News:

C. Young (6-3) - 7.0 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K 2.42 ERA. 86 pitches, 60 strikes.

Chris Young shut down the Pittsburgh Pirates for the third time in as many starts against the team that drafted him and drove in a run with a single to center field as part of a 9-0 Padres victory. Young was replaced at the start of the bottom of eighth inning after the Padres scored five runs in the top of the frame to expand their two run advantage.

"This is the third time since the beginning of last season that we have seen him and we've not been able to do much at all with him," Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said. "There is deception with him obviously, and there is something with him that we're not seeing.

Last night Will Venable became the first member of the San Antonio Missions since 2002 to hit for the cycle. Venable laced his first home run of the season in the seventh inning, a three run shot that put the Missions in front 4-3. A double in the top of the ninth completed this rare feat. After seeing his average drop to .262, Venable is 8-14 in his last three games.

"I've been trying to get out of my little funk here and haven't been getting the barrel of the bat on the ball. More than hitting for the cycle, it was great to have a game where I was seeing the ball well and getting some good swings," Venable said. "It's been frustrating. In the last week leading up to this, I've been feeling good. I think I needed one good swing to get me back to where I'm feeling good."

Princeton named Dartmouth assistant Courtney Banghart their new women's basketball coach yesterday. Princeton men's basketball coach Sydney Johnson served on the advisory search committee.

Wednesday News:

Game four of the first round BBL playoff series went to Koln, 73-71. Judson Wallace scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The deciding game of the Eisbaren's series versus RheinEnergie will be on Thursday.

Wallace isn't the only recent Princeton graduate competing in a playoff series overseas. Scott Greenman had 22 points and five assists to send Bnei Hasharon to an overtime win in the Israeli League quarterfinals. Hasharon lost on Tuesday to Hapoel Jerusalem in the semifinals, 96-83. Greenman scored three points in seven minutes of play.

Chris Young is in Pittsburgh tonight, starting for San Diego against the Padres. 7:05 pm ET first pitch. Both the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review try their best to get Young to say something about his last outing against the Bucs, where he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning.

Will Venable was back batting lead-off for the San Antonio Missions. Venable went 2-5 with two runs scored, but the Missions dropped a wild 12-10 game to Springfield.

Tuesday News:

In game three of a first round BBL playoff series, Judson Wallace scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Eisbaren defeated Koln 88-80 to take a 2-1 lead. Penn alum Adam Chubb led five Bremerhaven players in double figures with 18.

The 6-9 Wake Forest transfer who was deciding between a future at Colorado and Northwestern? He chose the Buffaloes.

ESPN Insider has an email Q&A with Chris Young.

Will Venable was 2-4 on Sunday in a 3-2 Missions loss. Venable also went 0-3 on Saturday as San Antonio dropped a 1-0 decision to Arkansas. Venable is batting .267 in 49 games.

Saturday News:

Judson Wallace returns to the starting lineup in the Eisbaren's second playoff game versus Koln. Wallace scores four points on 2-5 shooting, as former Penn big man Adam Chubb steals the show with a game-high 25. Bremerhaven comes away with an 88-79 victory to even this series at one game apiece.

An article that asks Virginia coaches about the extension of the three point line gets a quote from Richmond head man Chris Mooney.

Will Venable is 1-3 with a stolen base and an outfield assist, but San Antonio drops the first game in a weekend series with Arkansas 4-1.

Geoff Petrie.

The first in a series of trading cards featuring former Princeton players. This is 1977 Topps card #78. I'll try and add a new image every few days.

Friday News:

C. Young (5-3) - 7.0 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K 2.70 ERA. 93 pitches, 62 strikes.

Chris Young retired the first 12 Cubs he faced on Thursday night. Young struck out 10 batters in seven innings of work, but San Diego could only manage one run before Young was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh as the Padres tried to push a second runner home. Two late runs by Chicago sent the Padres to defeat by a 3-1 score. Young lowered his home ERA this season to 0.66.

Three articles about the forthcoming change to the NCAA three point line. The Trenton Times and both talk to Princeton coach Sydney Johnson, among others. Andy Glockner at gets his quotes from Denver coach Joe Scott.

Joe Scott is also quoted in an article from the Denver Post that talks to Colorado basketball coaches about the relationship between a new coach and the players he inherits.

Will Venable was 0-2 with two walks as San Antonio lost to Springfield 8-1.

Thursday News:

Ivy@50 concludes its daily coverage with a feature on Bill Bradley.

Chris Young and the San Diego Padres go for the sweep tonight against the Chicago Cubs. First pitch is at 10:05 pm ET. looks at the three college basketball teams that have made one three point shot in each game since this rule change went into play twenty years ago. Princeton's Bob Scabis is interviewed about the Tigers' place on this list.

"We didn't have much margin for error, especially when we were playing outside our league," said Bob Scrabis, a member of the 1987-88 Princeton team. Scrabis ranks fifth on the school's all-time 3-pointers list. "We didn't get many second shots. We may not have outrebounded anybody in my four years there. If we got open shots we had to make them."

Two press releases from Georgetown. The first covers yesterday's press conference where junior Roy Hibbert announced he would return for his senior season and junior Jeff Green officially declared for the NBA draft. The second announces the hiring of David Cox and Kenya Hunter as assistant coaches on John Thompson III's staff.

Wednesday News:

Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green will hold a press conference this afternoon at 1:00 pm ET to announce their intentions for the 2007 NBA draft. Both players declared for the draft in April but neither signed with an agent. The Washington Post is reporting and WTTM is confirming that Hibbert will return to Georgetown for his senior season. Jeff Green will enter the NBA draft. No word on if he has signed with an agent.

Wake Forest center/forward Casey Crawford is looking to transfer. Northwestern and Colorado are his two finalists. Crawford visited Evanston on Tuesday.

Will Venable was 1-3 on Tuesday as San Antonio scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Springfield 3-2. Venable also swiped his fourth base of the season.

Monday News:

Judson Wallace with five points on 2-5 shooting as the Eisbaren lose the first game of their first round BBL best-of-five series versus Koln 61-60.

An article on focuses on the 15 stolen bases Chris Young has allowed this season.

Princeton recruit Kareem Maddox took second place in the CIF-Southern Section Divisional Finals Division III boy's high jump.

San Antonio Missions manager Randy Ready tries to help Will Venable out of a 0-12 stretch by moving him into the leadoff position.

The Providence Journal looks in detail at the relationship between Brown head coach Craig Robinson '83 and his brother-in-law, presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Saturday News:

C. Young (5-3) - 6.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K 2.89 ERA. 105 pitches, 75 strikes.

Chris Young shut down the Mariners well into the seventh inning and two bursts of offensive support helped the Padres to an 8-1 win in both teams' interleague opener.

Will Venable was 0-5 at the plate with an outfield assist as San Antonio was dropped by Frisco 6-3 in 13 innings.

Alex Wolff has stepped down as General Manager of the ABA Champion Vermont Frost Heaves. Wolff will continue on as team president.

"Me being the general manager was a consolidation of powers, and that was the way it was going to get off the ground," Wolff said. "I want to give the team a chance to flourish under a general manager who really understands small market sports."

Brian Earl joins Princeton coaching staff.

Newsom, Earl Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coaches at Princeton
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 05/18/2007

PRINCETON--Tony Newsom and Brian Earl ’99 have been named assistant men’s basketball coaches at Princeton, head coach Sydney Johnson ’97 announced today.

Before joining Johnson’s staff, Newsom spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach on the Princeton staff under head coach Joe Scott.

“I am pleased that Tony has decided to continue working with Princeton basketball,” Johnson says. “His leadership, enthusiasm and basketball knowledge will be an asset to our program moving forward.”

From 2001-04, Newsom was a member of the coaching staff at Holy Cross under Ralph Willard. He was the associate head coach in 2003-04 and an assistant coach the previous two seasons, helping the Crusaders to a pair of Patriot League titles and NCAA berths.

A Metuchen native, Newsom was an assistant coach at Rider from 1997-2001 and at Siena for two seasons prior to that. He played collegiately at Niagara before graduating with a degree in Business Commerce in 1993.

Earl, who played in more winning basketball games (95) than any player in Princeton history, returns as an assistant coach following a professional basketball career in Europe and the United States and a subsequent career in the corporate world with Sallie Mae.

The 1999 Ivy League Player of the Year and the leading three-point shooter in league history, Earl helped the Tigers to three NCAA tournament appearances in his four seasons, including trips to the second round in both 1996 and 1998. The Tigers also advanced to the NIT quarterfinals his senior season.

“As Brian’s teammate at Princeton, I could always tell that he saw the game like a coach,” says Johnson. “I have a great deal of trust and confidence in Brian’s ability to make an outstanding contribution to the future of Princeton basketball.”

In addition to his team-record 281 three-pointers, the Medford Lakes native ranks fifth all-time at Princeton with 1,428 career points. He is also seventh in Princeton history with 263 assists and eighth in program history with 140 steals.

Earl also holds school records for games played (116) and games started (113) in a career. After graduating with a degree in economics, he played professionally in Germany and England as well as in the USBL and EBA in the United States.

Friday News:

Chris Young and the San Diego Padres kick off interleague play at Seattle tonight. 10:05 pm ET first pitch versus the Mariners.

The San Antonio Missions went 2-2 over their last four games. On Monday Will Venable picked up his first triple of the season, going 1-4 with two runs scored in a 8-0 victory over Corpus Christi. Tuesday saw Venable go 1-4 with a double in a 4-3 loss against the Hooks. The next day Venable was again 1-4 with a double, but this time San Antonio came away with a 4-1 win. Finally, last night Venable's eight game hitting streak came to an end in a 6-5 loss that started a series with Frisco.

The Mad Friars web site had the following to say about Venable earlier this week:

Will Venable went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to six games after scuffling through a 2-for-32 stretch. Just seven of his 41 hits this year have gone for extra bases but he has collected one in successive days for the first time this year. Six of his seven extra base hits have come at home. Venable also has an RBI in four of his last five games. He is hitting .387 at home this year but just .218 on the road.

Joe Scott has landed his first recruit at Denver, 6'7" forward Rob Lewis from Colorado Springs.

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review is reporting that Georgetown head coach John Thompson III will hire Pittsburgh Director of Basketball Operations David Cox and Xavier assistant coach Kenya Hunter as his new assistant coaches.

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