Friday, November 5, 2004

Mother of OSU guard is killed in accident

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - The mother of Ohio State basketball player Brandon Fuss-Cheatham was killed and his father was seriously injured in an auto accident.

Fuss-Cheatham, a senior point guard, returned to his Pennsylvania home late Wednesday night to be with his family.

Buckeyes coach Thad Matta struggled to control his emotions Thursday as he attempted to speak during a preseason luncheon at the team's arena.

"As a coach, you don't get the opportunity to practice what we have to deal with, what we're going to deal with," Matta said, his voice cracking. "Our thoughts and our prayers are with Brandon, his family and his dad."

Chris Fuss-Cheatham, 44, of Beaver Falls, Pa., was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-vehicle collision Wednesday. Her 50-year-old husband, Jeffery Cheatham, was in serious condition Thursday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

NOTRE DAME: Former NBA players Austin Carr and Adrian Dantley, Notre Dame's career scoring leaders, were among 25 players named Thursday to the school's all-century basketball team.

The recognition was in commemoration of Notre Dame's 100 seasons of men's basketball.

Carr, an All-American in 1970-71, averaged 34.6 points a game for his Notre Dame career and set a record with a 43.1-point average in the NCAA Tournament. He was the first player selected in the 1971 NBA draft, by Cleveland.

Dantley averaged 25.8 points a game at Notre Dame, was the NBA rookie of the year in 1977 with Buffalo and was a six-time All-Star with Utah during his 15-year career.

The all-century team also includes one current player, guard Chris Thomas, the school's career assists leader, along with former Notre Dame athletic directors Moose Krause and Dick Rosenthal.

The others:

Bob Arnzen, Matt Carroll, LaPhonso Ellis, Pat Garrity, Tom Hawkins, Collis Jones, Leo Klier, John Moir, Troy Murphy, Paul Nowak, Kevin O'Shea, John Paxson, Ron Reed, David Rivers, Walt Sahm, John Shumate, Jack Stephens, Kelly Tripucka, Bob Whitmore and Monty Williams.

PAC-10 PICK: Arizona is back in its accustomed spot, picked by the media to win the Pac-10 basketball title.

Washington is in new territory, with a predicted second-place finish.

The Wildcats have won 10 of the last 18 Pac-10 championships under coach Lute Olson. They were third last season and second two seasons ago.


PARIS MASTERS: Top-seeded Andy Roddick and defending champion Tim Henman were upset in the third round of the Paris Masters on Thursday.

Roddick lost 7-6 (2), 6-2 to qualifier Max Mirnyi, while Henman was beaten 7-5, 6-1 by unseeded Mikhail Youzhny.

ADVANTA: Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo advanced to the quarterfinals Thursday, defeating Iveta Benesova 6-2, 6-2 in Villanova, Pa.

Second-seeded Anastasia Myskina struggled but held on to beat Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios 6-4, 7-6 (0).

Area colleges

FIELD HOCKEY: Goalkeeper Kerri Orr (San Diego, Calif.) was named as the Mid-American Conference's Co-Player of the Year in balloting by the MAC field hockey coaches. She is the first Miami player to win the award since it was first handed out in 1992.

• Mid-American Conference coaches have named Ashley Swinehart (Worthington, Ohio) as the first player in the eight-season history of MAC women's soccer to win back-to-back player-of-the-year honors.

Swinehart has made the MAC's first team in each of the last three seasons.

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