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College basketball

Stockton will walk on at GU

David Stockton, son of ex-Gonzaga and NBA great John Stockton, has accepted an opportunity to walk-on to the Bulldogs’ men’s basketball team.

“I just made my decision based on wanting to play at the highest level,” David Stockton said. “They were talking to me and they wanted me to go there and I wanted to go there, too.”

Stockton earned All-Greater Spokane League first-team honors while helping Gonzaga Prep (26-4) to a GSL title and a fourth-place finish at state. The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Stockton also started at quarterback on Gonzaga Prep’s 8-2 football team.

Stockton said he was receiving interest from several Division I programs and was offered a scholarship by Montana State-Northern.

“I definitely want to get stronger and faster,” he said. “I’ll just work really hard and hope some growth kicks in and hopefully I’ll be able to play there.”

John Stockton, the WCC player of year in 1984, led Utah to two NBA Finals appearances and contributed on U.S. teams that won Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996. Stockton will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in September.

David Stockton said his dad “didn’t really care what I did as long as I was happy with my decision.”

Baseball

Flu victim’s son throws no-hitter

The son of a New York City assistant principal who died of swine flu has pitched a no-hitter while wearing a cap bearing his father’s initials.

Jordan Wiener is the son of Mitchell Wiener, a 55-year-old assistant principal at an intermediate school in Queens. Jordan attends Robert F. Kennedy High School in Queens and struck out 14 batters on Thursday.

His father was buried Wednesday after dying of the virus on Sunday.

The 18-year-old senior said he felt his father giving him the power to win. He said his dad “would want me to do what I do best, and that’s pitching.”

The 10-0 victory was over Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights School.

Auto racing

Feds done with Castroneves

Federal prosecutors are dropping a remaining tax evasion conspiracy charge against former Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves and his sister.

The decision Friday means a complete acquittal for the 33-year-old Brazilian driver, who has the pole position for Sunday’s Indy 500.

Castroneves and his 35-year-old sister, Katiucia, were acquitted of other tax evasion charges on April 17.

The jury failed to agree on the conspiracy charge, resulting in a mistrial on that count. Now prosecutors have decided not to pursue a second trial on that charge.

Jim Meehan Associated Press Associated Press
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