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Saturday / April 13.

    NEW YORK — Kevin Knox’s parents visited with Kentucky coach John Calipari on Friday night at the Kentucky team hotel, and Calipari had some words of wisdom for them.

    With Knox going through the trials and tribulations of being an NBA rookie, Calipari told them to get used to it — and embrace it.

    “This is a great experience for him going through the ups and downs of this during  your rookie year and get an idea of how hard this is,” Calipari said he told the parents after I asked him about Knox following Kentucky’s 84-83 loss to Seton Hall Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

    The 6-foot-9 Knox sat courtside for the instant classic, as did Yankees GM Brian Cashman and former Seton Hall stars Terry Dehere and Jerry Walker.


    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn basketball coach Dan Hurley was teaching high school history at St. Benedict’s in Newark, New Jersey on Sept. 11, 2001, when he looked out the window and saw smoke rising from the World Trade Center across the Hudson River in New York.

    “I remember probably within 10 minutes of seeing the smoke, just being called into the auditorium and just the chaos of what was happening on the way into the assembly,” he said. “Then everyone got this message.”

    One of Hurley’s friends would lose his brother, a New York firefighter, in the terrorist attacks that day. Hurley had just started at the prep school as a teacher and the basketball coach. He took several of St. Benedict’s international students into his home while the school was temporarily closed during the ensuing chaos.

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