Woodburn native and IPFW graduate Lloy Ball was among the players chosen Tuesday for the U.S. men’s indoor volleyball roster for the Beijing Olympics.
Ball, a 6-foot-8 setter, will be playing in his fourth Olympics.
“As you get older and have more big-match experience, you become more confident in your own game as an individual player and also as a team,” Ball, 36, said on www.usavolleyball.org. “We have a solid team, 1 through 12. The Olympics is such a different kind of tournament. It’s such an emotional ride up and down. It takes a real strong athlete and a real strong team to do well. I thought we had that in the last Olympics and since we have so many guys carrying over from that team, I think we will have it this time.”
Middle blocker Tom Hoff makes his third Olympic team, and outside hitter Reid Priddy makes his second.
The other players named to the team were Gabe Gardner, Kevin Hansen, Rich Lambourne, David Lee, Ryan Millar, Sean Rooney, Riley Salmon, Clay Stanley and Scott Touzinsky.
The roster must be confirmed by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Hugh McCutcheon will make his Olympic debut as a head coach. He was an assistant under Doug Beal in Athens, where the men finished fourth.
Clippers get Camby from Nuggets
The Clippers have acquired center Marcus Camby from the Nuggets in exchange for a future second-round draft pick. Camby led the NBA in blocked shots with 3.61 a game last season, only the second player in league history to do so in three straight seasons. … The Magic signed veteran free-agent point guard Anthony Johnson. … Lakers forward Luke Walton will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle.
Lady Legit freshmen win title
The Lady Legit 14U/Frosh team went 5-0 to win the 32-team Blue Division at the Nike Summer Showcase that ran from July 12-15 in Chicago. Legit defeated the Fairfax, Va., Stars in the championship game. There was also a tournament of champions that matched the champions of the Blue, Black, Gray and Green divisions which was comprised of all the 14U, 15U and a few 16U/17U teams (a 128 teams in total). Legit lost in the semifinals to the Missouri Valley Blazers.
Bears get ex-Lion
The Chicago Bears signed running back Kevin Jones to a one-year deal worth $605,000. Last season with Detroit, Jones rushed for 581 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns on 153 carries but tore ligaments in his right knee on Dec. 23 against Kansas City. If healthy, Jones will likely battle second-round draft pick Matt Forte of Tulane to be the team’s top back.
The Cowboys and safety Ken Hamlin agreed on a $39 million, six-year deal with about $15 million guaranteed, according to the team’s Web site. … The Titans and All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract by Tuesday’s deadline for franchised players. Now Haynesworth must decide when, and if, to sign the tender paying him $7.25 million for the season with the Titans opening camp July 25. … The Cardinals have signed third-round draft choice Early Doucet to a three-year deal. … Third-round pick Mario Manningham from Michigan signed a four-year contract with the Giants.
City golfer tied for 4th at State Am
Fort Wayne’s Camie Mess is tied for fourth after the first round of the IWGA State Amateur Championship on Ackerman Hills at Purdue University. Mess shot a 75 to put her five strokes behind the leader, Indianapolis’ Nina Whalen (70). Fort Wayne’s Sarah Prascsak is tied for 14th with a 77, Huntington’s Tara Boone is tied for 18th (78) and Fort Wayne’s Kristi O’Brien (82) is tied for 36th.
IPFW names women’s coach
Jessica Steward, former standout at the University of Miami (Fla.), has been named head women’s golf coach at IPFW. Steward, a Connecticut native, recently competed in the LPGA Futures Tour event, the CIGNA Golf Classic, where she missed the 36-hole cut by two strokes. She fills the position vacated by Jeff Marsh, who resigned in April.
Derby Girls roll for charity
The two teams from the Fort Wayne Derby Girls will square off Saturday at The Plex for charity. The Lucky Harmers will square off against the Smokin’ Guns, with the proceeds going to benefit the Women’s Bureau Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser. The bout begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Ronaldinho joins AC Milan squad
Ronaldinho has transferred from FC Barcelona to AC Milan. The Italian club said Ronaldinho would sign a contract through 2011. Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Milan paid $30 million for Ronaldinho, and will pay him $10.4 million a year.
TRACK & FIELD
Coach Graham banned for life
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has banned track coach Trevor Graham for life for his role in helping athletes obtain performance-enhancing drugs. Graham has been banned from participating in any event sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the IAAF, USA Track and Field or any other group that participates in the World Anti-Doping Agency program, according to a person familiar with the decision.