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Tuesday / December 18.
  • By ADAM ZAGORIA

    As Kentucky’s courtship of Aidan Igiehon heats up, assistant Tony Barbee and head coach John Calipari are expected to come watch the 6-foot-10 center from Lawrence Woodmere (NY) Academy and Team Rio on Monday.

    “Barbee said, ‘We’re going to be there,’ I think they’re both going to come,” Lawrence Woodmere coach Jeff Weiss said Friday by phone.

    Kentucky has stepped up its courtship of Igiehon recently and the big man recently cut his list to four schools: Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon and St. John’s. He has home visits coming up with St. John’s (Sunday), Louisville (Sunday) and Kentucky (Monday). Weiss, who has already coached Igiehon for four years, said he believes an official offer from Kentucky will be forthcoming soon.

    Igiehon has set official visits to Oregon (Sept. 13), Louisville (Sept. 28) and St. John’s (Oct. 5), but not to Kentucky yet. 

    By HOWARD FENDRICH

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Kyrgios was losing big at the U.S. Open on Thursday, and barely even trying. Didn’t move while so-so serves flew by for aces. Casually put groundstrokes into the net. Double-faulted without caring.

    The crowd began booing. The chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, decided to intervene. In an unusual sight for Grand Slam tennis, Lahyani clambered down out of his seat during a break between games, stood with hands on knees, and spoke with the 30th-seeded Kyrgios, saying, among other things, ”I want to help you.”

    It all seemed like an impromptu intervention for the mercurial Kyrgios, right out there on Court 17 at Flushing Meadows, and it raised questions about whether Lahyani overstepped his duties as someone who’s primarily there to keep score and keep order. Kyrgios went from trailing by a set and a break at the time to wresting control of the match – setting up a third-round showdown against Roger Federer – by coming back to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0.

    ”This was not his job,” Herbert said, adding that he thinks Lahyani should be sanctioned in some way. ”I don’t think he’s a coach, he’s an umpire, and he should stay on his chair for that.”

    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Vernon Carey, the 6-foot-11 big man from the University School (FL) and Nike Team Florida, has set four official visits, Nike Team Florida coach Jimmy Carr told ZAGSBLOG.

    Carey will visit Kentucky (Oct. 12), Duke (Oct. 19), Miami (Oct. 26) and North Carolina (Nov. 2). Both Kentucky and Duke will be during their Midnight Madness events.

    “He could take advantage of that new rule and possibly Michigan State as well,” Carr said of a possible second visit to Michigan State.

    Carey this summer won his second straight gold medal with USA Basketball, this one with the USA U17 team in the FIBA U17 World Championship in Argentina.