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Siblings make history in prep basketball

TOLEDO, Ohio – Basketball-playing quadruplets are making history for their small school in northwest Ohio.

Last week, the three Recker sisters led Arlington High School to its first state championship in basketball. Now it’s their brother’s turn.

He’ll get his chance to match his sisters if the Arlington’s boys’ team can win its state semifinal game tonight.

The quadruplets’ mother said they’ve always been competitive, but this year the seniors have been pulling for one another to get to the state tournament.

Earlier this season, Amelia Recker scored her 1,000th career point, and three weeks later her brother, Thayne, reached the same milestone.

college basketball

Coach Smart decides to stay at VCU

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Shaka Smart said he will stay at Virginia Commonwealth.

Illinois had offered its coaching job to Smart, according to multiple reports.

In a statement released by VCU on Wednesday, the 34-year-old Smart said: “I’m looking forward to building on the successes of our program and university.”

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas declined comment. Thomas fired Bruce Weber on March 9 after a 17-15 season that ended with a 2-14 slump.

Weber’s teams missed three of the last five NCAA Tournaments and this year didn’t make the postseason at all.

Smart’s Rams were the darlings of last year’s tournament, going from the First Four to the Final Four after barely making it in as a No. 11 seed.

They lost to Indiana in this season’s third round Saturday.

Tarkanian suffers mild heart attack

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas hospital spokeswoman says doctors have decided to keep storied former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian overnight for observation after a mild heart attack.

Mountainview Hospital spokeswoman Amanda Powell said Tarkanian’s status had not changed despite the change from plans to release him Wednesday.

Tarkanian’s daughter, Jodie Diamant, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal her father started wheezing during a doctor’s visit Tuesday and was taken to the hospital. An EKG test showed he was having a heart attack.

Tarkanian coached the Runnin’ Rebels for 19 seasons from 1973 through 1992, winning the school’s first national championship in 1990.


Former Giants’ coach Erhardt dead at 80

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Ron Erhardt, the offensive architect of the New York Giants’ two Super Bowl titles under Bill Parcells, has died. He was 80.

The Giants announced that the one-time head coach of the New England Patriots and the long-time NFL offensive coordinator died in Boca Raton, Fla. on Wednesday morning.

During Erhardt’s eight seasons as offensive coordinator, the Giants reached the playoffs five times, won three NFC East titles and two Super Bowls.

Associated Press