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Friday / November 15.

  • NEW YORK – Shaquille Thomas is headed to the Big East.

    The 6-foot-7, 185-pound small forward from Newark (N.J.) NIA Prep made his college announcement Friday on SNY.tv.

    “I will be going to the University of Cincinnati,” said Thomas, a Montclair, N.J., native who is ranked among the Top 25 small forwards in the Class of 2011.

    He picked the Bearcats over Seton Hall and UTEP.

    JaKarr Sampson enjoyed his unofficial visit to Tennessee Wednesday and is now considering four schools.

    “He’s considering Tennessee, Baylor, St. John’s and he’s still looking at Kansas,” Don Anderson, Sampson’s AAU coach, said Thursday by phone. “Four schools pretty much.”

    The No. 12 small forward in the Class of 2011 out of Akron, Ohio, Sampson is due to register at Brewster (N.H.) Academy Saturday. He will join a loaded team under coach Jason Smith that also features Naadir Tharpe, Elijah Carter and Markus Kennedy. Carter is on an unofficial today (Thursday) to Seton Hall.

    Anderson said the 6-foot-8, 193-pound Sampson had hoped to take another swing through St. John’s Friday en route to Brewster but doubts it can happen.

    NEW YORK — The only guy who may be having a better U.S. Open than Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is Chris Widmaier.

    Who’s Chris Widmaier, you ask.

    As the senior director for public relations for the USTA, Widmaier is often called upon to speak with the media about various, often controversial, questions.

    Here’s a sampling of his comments at this Open that we’ve particularly enjoyed.

    **After a fight broke out last week in the upper stands that caused a short delay in Novak Djokovic’s match against Philipp Petzschner, Widmaier said it was a “disagreement over verbiage.”