April 21, 2009 in Sports

Fast Break: Allen added to WSU staff

 

Men’s basketball

Allen added to WSU staff

Washington State coach Ken Bone has added another member to his coaching staff, saying that Curtis Allen (pictured) a former UW player who assisted Bone at Portland State, is headed to Pullman.

“We’ve been able to hire Curtis Allen, who worked for me the last four years at Portland State,” Bone said Monday. “I got to know him when he was a player at the University of Washington. Actually, I met him when he was in high school, but he didn’t have the time of day for me because I was at Seattle Pacific.”

He has time now.

Allen, who grew up in Tacoma, played at Washington when Bone was an assistant for Lorenzo Romar. He joined Bone at Portland State in 2005 after a year as an assistant at Seattle’s University Prep.

With Allen joining Ben Johnson, the lone holdover from former coach Tony Bennett’s staff, Bone has just one more assistant coaching position to fill.

•Washington has named Raphael Chillious to replace Cameron Dollar as an assistant coach.

A school spokesman announced the move on Monday, days after Dollar left to become head coach at Seattle University.

Dollar was the top assistant to Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar.

Indy 500

Four champs among entries

Defending champion Scott Dixon and former winners Helio Castroneves, Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti are among the 28 drivers on the initial entry list for the Indianapolis 500.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced 40 entries for the May 24 race on Monday, with a total of 77 cars eligible to compete for the 33 starting spots. Twenty- two cars among 12 entries have no drivers listed yet.

The early entries also include Danica Patrick, one of the four Andretti Green Racing drivers, and Sarah Fisher, who runs her own team. Venezuelan Milka Duno, who drove the past two years, is not on the list.

There are four rookies, headed by last year’s Firestone Indy Lights champion Raphael Matos, along with Stanton Barrett, Mike Conway and Robert Doornbos.

With Castroneves’ acquittal on tax charges, he’ll be one of three drivers for Team Penske, along with Ryan Briscoe and Will Power.

Also entered is John Andretti, driving the first cars entered at Indy by seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty.

Associated Press


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