This Week in Sports

By Kaitlin Barr
November 17, 2006

Duquesne basketball gets feet back on ground

For the first time since the terrible shootings which took place in Pittsburgh, junior forward Sam Ashaolu spoke to the press. After being shot in the head only eight weeks ago with four other players, Ashaolu started off the press conference a few hours before the team had its season opener.

He started the conference thanking God, his family, friends, teammates and coaches. The rest of the players injured had minor injuries compared to Ashaolu, who had two bullets shot into his brain which left behind bullet fragments lodged into his brain. After six weeks, Ashaolu was back in the gym hitting jumper after jumper, which was a lot better then his speech and memory.

Last season, the Dukes had a loosing 3-24 season, and Monday night was their first game since the shooting. Although it was a close game, the Dukes pulled off the win against Youngstown State, 81-75. The players and coaches attributed the win to no other then Sam Ashaolu.

College football fight for number one spot

Next Saturday, the number one and two teams will face-off in a game. Ohio University, which is the hottest college football team right now, has won their last five games in a row which includes two on-the-road games against ranked teams.

Number one team OU has a good chance of beating number two team Michigan State next weekend if they can handle their big weakness; fumbles. They can easily loose the game if they cannot control the number of fumbles that occur during their game. In the last 10 games, they’ve had 26 fumbles, 17 of which were a loss of the ball to the opposing teams.

Sheffield signs with Tigers

The Boston Red Sox emerged Tuesday night as winners of the bidding for Daisuke Matsuzaka with a $51.1 million offer and have 30 days to sign the Japanese pitcher to a contract. According to Japanese reports, the Japanese baseball league would let talks begin with the highest bidder from the major leagues. Matsuzaka now has 30 days to negotiate with the Boston Red Sox to come to terms with contract agreement.

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