Honored Freshman Lauren Hill won an all-conference honor for the courage she showed in playing at Mount St. Joseph despite an inoperable brain tumor. The 19-year-old was picked for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s first team. She decided to play despite a prognosis of only months to live. Hill played in four games and made five layups before the symptoms ended her playing career.
• Baylor sophomore Nina Davis was named Big 12 women’s player of the year and Kim Mulkey the league’s top coach for the fifth time. Davis leads the league with 20.7 points a game and is fourth with 8.6 rebounds a game. Baylor just won its fifth consecutive Big 12 regular-season title.
• Notre Dame’s Jewell Loyd is the Atlantic Coast Conference’s women’s basketball player of the year. Florida State’s Sue Semrau was selected as the coach of the year.
Died Former batting champ Alex Johnson, who won the A.L. title in 1970 with the then-California Angels with a .329 average, has died of complications from prostate cancer. He was 72. Johnson, a Detroit native, played for eight teams in his 13-year career.
Canceled The International Ski Federation says a women’s super-G race in Oberhofen, Switzerland, that was canceled twice won’t be replaced on the World Cup schedule. The decision leaves Lindsey Vonn, the four-time super-G title winner, only two races to overhaul Anna Fenninger’s 32-point lead in the standings.
Fined The NBA fined the New York Knicks for Phil Jackson ’s comments about Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell. Team personnel are prohibited from publicly discussing players who aren’t yet eligible for the NBA draft.
Announced Guard Ray Allen, a two-time NBA champion and the all-time leading 3-point shooter, said he will not play this season, though will consider returning next season. The 39-year-old Allen has made 2,973 shots from 3-point range in his 18 NBA seasons, 413 more than anyone else in league history.
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