Thursday, July 12, 2007

Kevin Love named Gatorade player of the year

Basketball players Kevin Love, who will attend UCLA, and Connecticut recruit Maya Moore were honored as national high school athletes of the year Wednesday.

They are the second consecutive basketball players to win, joining last year's honorees Greg Oden of Ohio State and Tina Charles of Connecticut. In 2004, basketball players Dwight Howard and Candace Parker won.

Love received his circular silver award from New Jersey Nets star Vince Carter and Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in the recent NBA draft by Portland.

"I know that last year Greg won and to follow in his footsteps in the next year is a tremendous honor," said Love, who closed his acceptance speech with "Go Bruins."

"You're kind of dumbfounded. You kind of have to pinch yourself and ask yourself if it's real and it is, and it feels great," he said.

Love averaged 33.6 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and three blocks last season, helping Lake Oswego High to its third consecutive state title game appearance. He was a four-year varsity starter.

He also earned four other major national player of the year awards. His father, Stan, starred at Oregon and played in the NBA.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Chestnut dethrones Kobayashi

In a gut-busting showdown that combined drama, daring and indigestion, Joey Chestnut emerged Wednesday as the world's hot dog eating champion, knocking off six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in a record-setting yet repulsive triumph.

Chestnut, the great red, white and blue hope in the annual Fourth of July competition, broke his own world record by inhaling 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes -- a staggering one every 10.9 seconds before a screaming crowd in Coney Island.

"If I needed to eat another one right now, I could," the 23-year-old Californian said after receiving the mustard yellow belt emblematic of hot dog eating supremacy.

Kobayashi, the Japanese eating machine, recently had a wisdom tooth extracted and received chiropractic treatment due to a sore jaw. But the winner of every Nathan's hot dog competition from 2001 to 2006 showed no ill effects as he stayed with Chestnut frank-for-frank until the very end of the 12-minute competition.

Once the contest ended, the runner-up suffered a reversal -- competitive eating-speak for barfing -- leading to a deduction from his final total. Kobayashi finished with 63 HDBs (hot dogs and buns eaten) in his best performance ever.