Maryland legend Len Bias to be inducted into college basketball Hall of Fame

Bias, a Prince George’s County native who starred at Northwestern High in Hyattsville before heading to Maryland, set 15 school records for the Terrapins from 1982 to 1986. He was a two-time ACC player of the year, a first-team all-America selection as a senior and finished his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leading scorer (2,149 points). Bias was the No. 2 overall pick of the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA draft, but died two days later from cardiac arrest related to a cocaine overdose.

“It’s well-deserved, long overdue,” Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon said after the Terps defeated Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday. “It’s great for Maryland, it’s great for everybody that coached him, his teammates. … It’s really good news for our program.”

A rotating committee of roughly 10 college basketball coaches, administrators, former players and media members has selected every class since the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame was established in 2006. The anonymous committee typically meets every November around the Hall of Fame Classic men’s basketball tournament in Kansas City to debate and decide the following year’s honorees.

Bias and his fellow inductees were originally selected last November as part of the 2020 class to be announced in the spring, but when it became apparent that the coronavirus would prevent the Hall of Fame from hosting an in-person ceremony, organizers delayed their enshrinement by a year. The replacement 2020 class, announced Saturday, features three historic teams — John Wooden’s 1963-64 UCLA Bruins; the 1965-66 Texas Western Miners, who became the first team to win a national title with an all-Black starting five; and the undefeated 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers — who will be honored with a virtual ceremony in early 2021.

A spokesman for the National Association of Basketball Coaches, which oversees the Hall of Fame, said a representative has already been in touch with a member of Bias’s family about attending next November’s ceremony, pandemic permitting.

In the years after Bias’s death, which led to coach Lefty Driesell’s ouster and sanctions against the basketball program, Maryland tried to distance itself from the tragedy. Bias wasn’t inducted into Maryland’s athletic Hall of Fame until 2014.

“I have mixed emotions about this,” former Maryland Coach Gary Williams, who was hired three years after Driesell resigned, told The Post’s John Feinstein of Bias’s induction in 2014. “As a player, obviously it’s a no-brainer. But I think you have to remember everything in life, not just the good things. It’s as if some people want to forget that the reason he died was because he did something wrong. That’s a fact, and there’s no getting away from that fact. I saw the results of it up close. If the publicity from this reminds some kids that this can happen, this does happen, not just to famous athletes, then maybe that way some good can come of it.”

The other players in the 2021 class are Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins, UCLA’s David Greenwood and Ohio State’s Jim Jackson. Penders, one of

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Legend of Mike Tyson: Five most memorable fights of the former heavyweight champion’s storied career

In one of the more unlikely occurrences in an already unprecedented 2020, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will return to the ring on Saturday at the age of 54. Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) hasn’t fought an officially sanctioned bout since 2005 when he refused to continue against journeyman Kevin McBride and called an end to his tumultuous 20-year career. 

This weekend, however, Tyson will take part in an eight-round exhibition match against fellow retired legend Roy Jones Jr. (66-9, 47 KOs) on pay-per-view from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

Considering Tyson’s unquestioned worldwide fame and the nostalgic feelings his unexpected return to the ring has produced, let’s take a look back at the five most memorable fights in which “Iron Mike” has taken part. 

Youngest heavyweight champion in history

It’s almost insane to believe this actually happened, but it did. At just 20 years of age and a mere 20 months into his pro career, Tyson made good on his then-deceased trainer Cus D’Amato’s prophecy with a two-round execution of WBC champion Trevor Berbick. The savage nature in which the dynamically quick and powerful Tyson sent his taller foe staggering around the ring was, in part, payback for Berbick having retired Tyson’s hero, Muhammad Ali, just five years earlier. 

The victory on Nov. 22, 1986, was Tyson’s 13th of the calendar year, which was mind-boggling enough. But more importantly, it announced a new era in heavyweight boxing and began a meteoric two-year journey in which Tyson became the biggest star in American sports as well as one of the most recognized names across the globe. 

The 91-second destruction of Michael Spinks

In the two years after beating Berbick, Tyson went on to unify all three recognized heavyweight titles. But there were some who still felt that Michael Spinks was the world’s best heavyweight given his status as lineal champion thanks to a pair of victories over Larry Holmes years earlier. The showdown titled “Once and For All” was among the most anticipated fights of the decade and earned Tyson a then-record purse of $22 million. Luckily for the promoters, he wasn’t paid by the second. 

On June 27, 1988, Tyson scored a pair of knockdowns and rolled back the eyes in Spinks’ head before some in attendance had even taken their seats. Sadly, given the rising chaos in Tyson’s personal life, this would be his mountaintop moment as a professional. Even so, it’s hard to imagine any heavyweight in history having their way with this version of such a devastating force. 

Biggest upset in boxing history

Where were you on Feb. 11, 1990? Most will likely remember the exact moment they became aware of 42-1 underdog James “Buster” Douglas doing what had felt like an impossibility to that point. Given what we know now about Douglas’ hidden skill set and Tyson’s imploding personal life, the outcome of this classic fight held inside the Tokyo Dome in Japan makes a lot more sense. At the time, however, it was the

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The day the Blues launched the career of an NHL coaching legend | St. Louis Blues

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Scotty Bowman in 1968, on the way to leading the Blues to their second consecutive Stanley Cup final. AP photo

On Nov. 22, 1967, the expansion St. Louis Blues were in last place. They turned to rookie coach Scotty Bowman, who would lead them to the Stanley Cup Final three years in a row and become the winningest coach in NHL history. Here is our original coverage.

Lynn Patrick, who has doubled as general manager-coach of the Blues, turned over the coaching job to assistant Bill (Scotty) Bowman today. Patrick will continue as general manager.

The change in command, after 16 games in the Blues’ rookie season in the National Hockey League, came just a few hours before tonight’s 8 o’clock game here with the Montreal Canadiens, the club with which Bowman bad been identified until last year.

Bowman, 34 year old, was playing for the Canadiens’ Montreal juniors, their top amateur team, when he suffered a head injury in 1952. The mishap ended his playing career, but he then became a winning coach in the Montreal system.

Patrick, 55, said the decision to step down was influenced by the demanding duties of his position as general manager.

“We hired Scotty with the idea that he would become coach, if not this year, the next year,” Patrick said.

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 “I now will have more time  to keep in touch with our young players on our Kansas City team. Keep up with scouting reports and, in general, build a successful hockey system.”

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The Phenom and The Legend Killer’ Shows What The Undertaker Means to Randy Orton’s Career

When the WWE announced 30 Days of the Deadman, a series of weekly shows involving Undertaker content on the Network, I wasn’t surprised. “The Deadman” continues to be a huge draw for the wrestling promotion and this year’s “The Last Ride” documentary was a rare and important look into the life of Mark Calaway.

Starting this Sunday, The Undertaker celebration begins with WWE Untold: The Phenom and The Legend Killer, which looks at the rivalry between The Undertaker and Randy Orton from 2005.

The year-long rivalry took place 15 years ago and Undertaker and Orton’s place in the company were very different. Taker was wrestling much more frequently then and Orton was just coming into his own as one of the top heels in the company after adopting the “Legend Killer” moniker. The documentary does a great job of showing that difference in experience, but a huge takeaway from the 40-minute documentary isn’t so much how both men navigated the rivalry, but how The Undertaker helped bring Orton’s career to the next level. Because of that, it feels much more like an Orton documentary than a Taker one.

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Undertaker celebrating his victory over Randy Orton at Armageddon 2005.

The documentary starts with Orton and Callaway talking about an incident on an episode of SmackDown where Randy is set to hit Taker with a steel chair–back when headshots were still allowed. Orton, inexperienced, misses his mark by a few inches and actually tears the skin off of Taker’s forehead down to his nose, leaving “The Deadman” laying with his face full of blood.

Orton explains that’s how he learned what a “receipt” is the hard way, something viewers will see as the documentary goes on.

Unlike “The Last Ride,” there’s no backstage footage of wrestlers interacting, but in typical WWE Untold fashion, Orton, Calaway and other WWE officials and personalities talk about some of the biggest moments of their rivalry and it gives a lot more insight into what was going through their minds during this time period.

“I was back doing what I was comfortable, being a prick, being a bad guy, being a heel in the wrestling business,” Orton says in the documentary after leaning into the “Legend Killer” role. “That’s what I always felt the most comfortable doing and I was right back to where I was happy.”

The documentary revolves around four major matches in their rivalry. WrestleMania 21, SummerSlam, the casket match at No Mercy and the Hell in a Cell match at Armageddon. Each segment offers different takes and how those matches and stories were put together.

“Cowboy” Bob Orton, Randy’s father, is a welcome surprise in this documentary. He gives his take on how the events went down when he began working with his son following the SummerSlam match.

Producer Bruce Prichard is also involved in the documentary giving a peek into how backstage officials reacted during some of the feud’s high-risk stunts like when Randy set the casket–with Taker inside–on fire

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