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Former Hoosier baller Steve Alford left his legacy in the hands of the Indiana University men?s basketball program when he graduated in the 1980s Michael Palardy Jersey , but this former IU star and native Hoosier is now receiving the ultimate recognition for his contribution to the famed Indiana sport: a place in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Alford was recently selected to head the 2009 class of inductees for the Hall of Fame, becoming the eighth honoree to do in his first year of eligibility. Joining the ranks of Oscar Robertson, Rick Mount, George McGinnis, Kurt Benson, Larry Bird, Kyle Macy and Dave Colescott, this two time All American, 1987 NCAA champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist will get his shining moment in the spotlight this spring when he is inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame 26 years after he graduated from high school.

Alford, a New Castle, Indiana native, is one of four former Indiana University basketball players to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, leading the way among other IU alums Wayne Radford from Indianapolis (Arlington), Steve Bouchie of Washington and Ted Kitchel of Cass. Radford was part of IU?s 1976 championship team, while Bouchie and Kitchel played for IU?s 1981 championship team. Other Indiana basketball heroes among the 14 selected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this spring include San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich of Merrillville and Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scot Skiles of Plymouth.

While Steve Alford is mostly in the news these days for his coaching reign at the University of New Mexico, the former hooper has been in the spotlight of the basketball world ever since his standout days as a big shot at New Castle Chrysler High School, where the teenager averaged 37.7 points per game his senior year and was chosen as Indiana?s Mr. Basketball in 1983. Significantly contributing to Indiana?s greatest pastime, Alford next attended IU and played ball under the legendary Bobby Knight, where fans with Indiana Hoosiers tickets watched him hoop it up for one the best college teams in the nation. Alford was the first player to be named MVP to the team four times while pouring 2,438 points into the net for the Hoosiers in his tenure as a college player. He was also part of the U.S. Basketball Team for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, playing alongside Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Sam Perkins and Chris Mullin to bring home the gold. Steve Alford?s final year playing for IU was his most monumental, winning the 1987 NCAA Championship Game against Syracuse University while contributing 23 points to the game.

After college, Alford was selected as the 26th overall pick in the 1987 NBA draft, playing for the Dallas Mavericks until 1991. The Indiana legend continued staying in the spotlight after his departure from the NBA, sparking gossip with his 1990 book Playing for Knight ? My Six Seasons with Coach Knight, a tell all account of playing under Bobby Knight in college and on the Olympic basketball team. Since then, the phenomenal basketball player has taken to the opposite side of the court, coaching at Manchester College, Missouri State and Iowa before taking the reins at New Mexico in 2007. Alford is currently in his second year coaching the Lobos, and his induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame is the icing on the cake for his incredible athletic career. If you?re a Steve Alford fan ready to follow another IU legend in the making, get IU basketball tickets from http:www.stubhubindiana hoosiers tickets and watch as the historic Hoosier team starts rebuilding its empire.
Andy Murray of Great Britain returns to Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their quarterfinal match during the Paris Masters on October 31 in Paris. Photo: CFP

He is the man who sparked joyous scenes of celebration across a grateful nation when he ended Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's champion.

Yet 14 months later, Andy Murray's towering frame was missing from the eight-man lineup featured on the billboard posters plastered across the streets of London to advertize the ATP Finals.

While organizers scramble to replace the out-of-date banners - proclaiming "Get Ready London. They're Back" - with ones featuring Murray, the Scot is unlikely to lose any sleep over the omission.

What he will be more keen to focus on will be the thought of completing a unique treble of London titles.

Having bagged a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, followed by victory at the 2013 Wimbledon championship, Murray will get his first chance to complete the hat trick at the O2 arena next week after missing last year's season finale following back surgery.

"It (winning the treble) would definitely mean a lot," Murray told Reuters in an interview in the run-up to the Tour Finals.

"I know what it takes to win at the highest level so I will just make sure I prepare myself in the best possible way to give myself the best chance of success, but I am playing well and enjoying it right now.

"It was disappointing not playing last year when I had to withdraw because of my back. It has been a tough year, but I feel like I am fully fit now, and have had a great last six weeks and I can't wait to return to the O2," added Murray, who has also won three Queen's Club titles in the capital city.

"You do appreciate how much you enjoy the sport and how much you enjoy playing when you are unable to do it. That was tough last year."

It certainly has been a remarkable six weeks for Murray.

Out of the top 10

Following his quarterfinal exit at the US Open, he dropped out of the world's top 10 players for the first time in over six years.

That sparked fears among home fans that Murray might miss out on the season finale, but the 27-year-old was soon enjoying the benefits of a punishing fitness regime that sees him train even on Christmas Day.

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