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Luke Owings is going down swinging.

Princeton’s annual Reunions bacchanalia begins today and it is doubtful anyone returning for their fifth reunion will have as strong a conversation starter as Luke Owings.

Owings spent the better part of 2012 training for his first boxing match, a bout that was part of the charity event Haymakers For Hope, which raised money up in Boston for research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

His first fight behind him, Owings and I talked extensively last week and you can read Owings' words and watch video of all three rounds after the jump.

Before you dive into the piece, I recommend reviewing this previous interview from last month which provides a great deal of additional build-up detail and background.

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Tuesday News:

You may be seeing new variations of the above image rather soon. Building off a successful six+ inning start for St. Lucie, Chris Young has been transferred to AAA Buffalo and will pitch for them Thursday morning.

Incoming Princeton freshman Michael Washington, Jr. and his Oak Harbor High School DECA team won their second straight national title.

Kevin "Moon" Mullin will speak at the Courier-Post/Kiwanis Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet on June 13th.

Here's an article on how John Thompson III has developed big men at Georgetown.

In praise of Will Venable who hit his fourth home run of the season (video) at Wrigley Field yesterday.

The Harvard Crimson's Dennis Zheng was one of my favorite student reporters the past four years. His final column can be found here.

Pete Carril's Hall of Fame enshrinement speech.

A treat. Coach Carril is inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame in 1997, joined on stage by Butch van Breda Kolff and Bill Bradley.

Thursday News:

Less than two years after he was hired, Princeton Director of Basketball Operations Kendrick Saunders is leaving the program to accept an assistant coach position at Navy. I'm sorry to see him go but I wish him the best of luck with this hands-on opportunity. The job description for the now-open DOBO position can be found here.

The Princeton Varsity Club will honor Stu Orefice with the Marvin Bressler Award at their annual banquet.

Batting well over .400 for his career versus St. Louis coming into last night, Will Venable was a triple short of San Diego's first cycle against the Cardinals.

Bill Bradley talks about his new book as well as his days with the Knicks.

Craig Robinson is taking Oregon State to Spain and France this August.

There was a report yesterday that Brown was hiring Penn assistant and former Bears standout Mike Martin as their next head coach but a different report paints the situation as more up in the air.

YouTube potpourri LXIX.

Here’s the latest collection of videos from various corners of the Princeton basketball family. Above, Judson Wallace highlights in the first round of the ACB playoffs - including one ridiculous behind the back pass.

Five additional videos follow after the jump.

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Tuesday News:

A top 2013 small forward is going to Georgetown. His "short list" of 10 schools had included Princeton.

The Hoya wrapped up 2011-12 with John Thompson III.

Chris Young delayed his next rehab start for worthwhile non-injury-related reasons.

Over the weekend Will Venable hit his second home run of the season.

A guard from Seton Hall will transfer to Fairfield.

There's a now-local power forward who is debating going to the Ivy League.

One more recruiting tidbit: A 2013 shooting guard listed Princeton among his suitors when asked.

Trenton TV station WZBN has been sold, which means no more highlight packages of random basketball games.

Thursday News:

Tonight is Luke Owings' charity bout. Read our interview with Owings about his training and motivation to step in the ring here and consider making a donation to support Haymakers For Hope.

Chris Young pitched into the sixth inning during yesterday's second rehab start down in Florida. Young's next stop is likely AAA Buffalo.

Georgetown's Jeff Green will graduate this weekend, five years after leaving school for the NBA. A great story.

Will Venable had four hits (video) in a San Diego victory at Washington. Venable is third on the Padres with a .278 batting average.

On the recruiting front a guard from New Jersey lists Princeton as one of his four Ivy League suitors.

Tuesday News:

FC Barcelona fell to eventual champion Olympiacos in the Euroleague Final Four on Friday. In the game Judson Wallace scored three points off the bench.

Wallace received extended playing time during his team's subsequent third place game victory versus Panathinaikos, tallying 12 and grabbing four rebounds. Highlights are streaming here.

He might not have made it into a varsity game last season, but Princeton's Tom Noonan is succeeding off the court writing about music and culture, including this thoughtful piece on Tom Gabel from the band Against Me!.

See how Jadwin Gym and other Ivy venues stand up in the NCAA's 2012 Men's Basketball Attendance report.

A few recruiting tidbits for today...

There's a wing from Florida who has interest from Princeton as well as other Ivy programs.

A high scoring New Jersey guard whom the Tiger staff reached out to earlier this year has opted for a Division II school.

Heading to Princeton to play football, this Nevada quarterback plans to try out for the basketball team during the Fall workout period.

Northwestern will host Maryland in November's ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

A forward who spent two seasons at Xavier is transferring to Denver.

The first rehab start by Chris Young received a positive review from the Mets' pitching coach.

The NCAA's Rules Committee is addressing issues ranging from court surface consistency, sportsmanship and monitor reviews.

Friday News:

Bill Bradley spoke at Princeton on Wednesday. The Daily Princetonian engaged the former Senator for a Q&A.

Tiger head coach Mitch Henderson is scheduled to participate in the New York Yankees/New Era Pinstripe Bowl Charity Golf Tournament on Tuesday.

It was a successful minor league start for Chris Young down in Florida. The former Princeton two sport standout pitched five shutout innings for the St. Lucie Mets.

Judson Wallace is interviewed as FC Barcelona arrived in Turkey for their Eurocup Final Four matchup with Olympiacos. The game takes place at 2:00 pm ET today and can be streamed on ESPN3.

A big man from Florida is a late signee for Georgetown's 2012 recruiting class.

Ivy League Statement on Postseason Basketball Tournament Proposals.

While I was out watching The Avengers save the planet, the Ivy League issued the following statement...

May 10, 2012

RED BANK, N.J. -- The Ivy League announced today that its directors of athletics have decided not to move forward with proposals for postseason tournaments in men's and women's basketball.

"After careful consideration of these proposals, the athletics directors decided that our current method of determining the Ivy League Champion and our automatic bid recipient to the NCAA Championship is the best model moving forward," said Robin Harris, Ivy League Executive Director.

In men's and women's basketball, the Ivy League plays a 14-game, double round-robin schedule where each team plays each other home and away. The team with the best conference record in each sport is awarded the Ivy title and the League's NCAA Tournament automatic bid.

The Ivy League athletics directors discussed the proposals at their annual meetings, which concluded Thursday afternoon in Red Bank, N.J.

The Ivy League Office will not comment further on this matter.

Tuesday News:

The big news from yesterday was the Ivy League's announcement that NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) would be carrying between six and 10 men's basketball games in 2012-13 and 2013-14. As Soft Pretzel Logic states, these broadcasts can include non-conference matchups.

In addition, Princeton's separate agreement with the ESPN family of networks, which seems to always mean two Ivy contests at Jadwin Gym are broadcast nationally, remains in effect and continues beyond this two year deal with NBC Sports Network.

Whether that means fewer Princeton games will be part of this new package or that you'll see more Tiger action than ever before with greater ease remains to be seen.

This new partnership also includes Ivy League football and men's lacrosse games.

John Rogers recommends some "great stocks for sports lovers."

More blogging by Judson Wallace as FC Barcelona preps for the Euroleague Final Four.

Chris Young is scheduled to make his first rehab start on Thursday with the Mets' Class A-Advanced affiliate in St. Lucie.

If the Portland Trail Blazers call about their open General Manager position, the Sacramento Bee feels Geoff Petrie should listen.

Bill Bradley shares his concerns about the influence of money in politics.

On this day in 1967, Pete Carril was hired at Princeton.

Sydney Johnson feels Tony Newsom is "ready to be a head coach." Will Brown agree?

I was shocked to read late last night that Don Gowan, head coach at the Canterbury School, died suddenly. He was only 38. Gowan coached Princeton recruit Edo Lawrence and I enjoyed talking with him and exchanging emails for multiple pieces this past season. My condolences to his friends, family and colleagues.

Friday News:

Georgetown will face Texas on December 4th at Madison Square Garden in one half of the Jimmy V Classic doubleheader.

Take an early look at the Ivy League for 2013 using Value Add. Ian Hummer also projects nicely among all “Low-Major” returnees.

Jadwin Gym has provided Princeton with one of the 50 best current overall home court records in Division I.

A tour of the minor leagues for Chris Young will wait.

There's a real good Grantland piece on how Roy Hibbert avoided becoming a stiff.

Fairfield has published an official press release on the hiring of Kyle Koncz.

Chris Mooney and Richmond welcome Butler to the Atlantic 10 conference.

Brown's search for their next basketball coach has apparently been narrowed to nine names, including a few familiar faces.

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