Mullin, Attles, VanDerveer among HOF finalists


Mullin, Attles, VanDerveer among HOF finalists

Feb. 18, 2011


SAN FRANCISCO (APCSN) Chris Mullin, Al Attles and Tara VanDerveer are among 12 finalists for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mullin was drafted No. 7 overall by the Warriors in 1985 and after a lackluster start to his NBA career, scored over 25 points per game from 1988 through 1993, the only Warrior other than Wilt Chamberlain to accomplish that feat. He went on to become the Warriors' Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations from 2004-2009.
Attles, the current Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Golden State Warriors, coached the team when it won its only NBA championship in 1975.
VanDerveer is one of the most successful coaches in women's college basketball history. She has already been inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. She is only the fifth women's basketball head coach to win over 800 games and has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships and 18 Pac-10 titles.
The finalists were announced Friday in Los Angeles, where the NBA All-Star game will be played this weekend.The other finalists are former NBA stars Dennis Rodman, Jamaal Wilkes, Maurice Cheeks and Ralph Sampson, five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards, former NBA coaches Tex Winter and Dick Motta, Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee and college referee Hank Nichols.Rodman was the flamboyant rebounder who won five NBA titles with Chicago and Detroit; Wilkes won four NBA titles with Golden State and the Lakers after starring at UCLA; and Winter was the architect of the triangle and triple-post offense.Those elected to the Hall of Fame will be introduced April 3 at the men's Final Four in Houston. The induction ceremony is at the hall in Springfield, Mass., from Aug. 11-13.

Wondolowski's PK in stoppage time helps Earthquakes draw with Union


Wondolowski's PK in stoppage time helps Earthquakes draw with Union


SAN JOSE -- Chris Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

Shea Salinas drew a foul on Joshua Yaro in the penalty area to set up the penalty kick in the 95th minute. With his 10th goal, Wondolowski became the first player in MLS history with eight straight double-digit seasons.

Roland Alberg scored in the 55th to put Philadelphia (8-11-6) up 2-1.

Valeri Qazaishvili scored three minutes for San Joe (9-10-6). He eluded two defenders before punching it between two more defenders.

Jack Elliott tied it in the 35th with his first goal of the season, knocking the ball in on the left side of the net.

As legal process unfolds, Raiders CB Sean Smith continues to battle for playing time

As legal process unfolds, Raiders CB Sean Smith continues to battle for playing time

OAKLAND – Raiders cornerback Sean Smith had a rough week. He’s losing grip on a starting spot, but that concern pales in comparison to mounting legal issues that put him in a Los Angeles County jail Thursday morning.

He was formally charged with felony assault and battery for beating his sister’s boyfriend on July 4 in his hometown of Pasadena, surrendered to authorities and was released on an $80,000 bond.

He was back in the East Bay to play Saturday’s exhibition against the Los Angeles Rams, where he was a third cornerback entering in sub packages. Smith had two tackles and a nice pass defensed in the end zone.

Smith’s legal issues shouldn’t stop him from playing and practicing with the team in the near future. He has an arraignment sent for Sept. 29, where will plead not guilty and fight the charges levied against him.

“We’ll let him battle what issues he has legally,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “I don’t have much to add to it. You hear the story of him defending his sister, and things occurred that have been taken issue with, so he's having to defend himself right now.”

An NFL spokesman said the league is looking into the matter, but didn’t have further comment at this time. It’s possible the league could place Smith on the commissioner’s exemption list, an option for players charged with violent offenses. He would essentially go on paid leave if that were the case. Smith will make $9.5 million in guaranteed money this season.

Smith will battle TJ Carrie and first-round cornerback Gareon Conley – he remains on the PUP list with a shin injury – for playing time in the Raiders defense. He practiced better last week, but must show consistency to get back in the team’s good graces.