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Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Duke forward Rodney Hood announced Friday he will enter the NBA Draft.

The redshirt sophomore transferred from Mississippi State to Duke for the 2012-13 season but was forced to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. Hood played well last season averaging 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

“I want to thank Coach K, the entire coaching staff, my teammates and everyone involved with the Duke program for giving me this opportunity,” Hood said in a release. “Playing at Duke was a lifelong dream. Everything I experienced here has helped me grow and develop as a player and as a person.”

Hood becomes the second player in two days from Duke to declare for the draft. Freshman Jabari Parker announced he was going pro on Thursday.

“Rodney had two terrific years here at Duke,” Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “He was an integral part of our team two years ago because he was such a great practice player, and this year he was one of the best players in the country. So consistent, and a great young man on and off the court. He will do really well in the NBA.”

Hood is expected to be a first-round pick.

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Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Pavel Datsyuk’s goal with 3:01 remaining in the game gave the Red Wings the lead and the eventual 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins Friday night, in Game 1 of their First-Round playoff series.

While Datsyuk’s goal decided the game, the contest was really all about the goaltending. Jimmy Howard saved all 25 shots he faced to earn the shutout while Boston’s Tuukka Rask was nearly as good stopping 23 shots. Both teams also played well on defense, especially clearing out loose pucks from in front of their nets.

Detroit now has home-ice advantage and improves to 4-1 against the President’s Trophy winning Bruins this season.

“I’ll take home-ice advantage any time,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said, “But that doesn’t mean you can’t win on the road … which is what we have to do in this series if we plan on winning this.”

Game 2 is Sunday in Boston. The puck is scheduled to drop at 3PM ET.

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Mohawk baseball coach Eric Hoover watches his team warm up between innings in a recent Midland Athletic League game against St. Wendelin. Hoover is a rarity. He's one of the few, if any Ohio prep coaches, who are head coaches in all three sports seasons. He has had successful runs as the head volleyball and baseball coach at Mohawk and head boys basketball coach at Old Fort. (Photo by Randy Roberts).

Mohawk baseball coach Eric Hoover watches his team warm up between innings in a recent Midland Athletic League game against St. Wendelin. Hoover is a rarity. He’s one of the few, if any Ohio prep coaches, who are head coaches in all three sports seasons. He has had successful runs as the head volleyball and baseball coach at Mohawk and head boys basketball coach at Old Fort. (Photo by Randy Roberts).

By ANDREW WILLIAMS
Staff Writer
Sport specialization has become rampant among young athletes today, as many strive for elite status in the chase for the elusive college scholarship.
While three-sport athletes are becoming exceedingly rare in high schools, there is something almost unheard of at that level of athletics: a three-sport head coach.
Eric Hoover is just that.
A 1996 graduate of Old Fort High School and an Ohio Northern University alum, Hoover is the head varsity volleyball and baseball coach at Mohawk, as well as the varsity boys basketball coach at Old Fort.
“It’s not something I planned on doing. It just kind of happened that way,” said Hoover, who is in his 13th year teaching junior high and high school health and physical education at Mohawk.
“I really figured I would be a head basketball coach more than anything else. I’m kind of in a position in my life where I can do all three, (but) it certainly wasn’t a plan, a dream of mine to be the head coach of all three.”
One of only 26 Midland Athletic League boys basketball players to score 1,000 career points since the league’s inception in 1985, Hoover continued his athletic career at ONU. He was studying athletic training and sports medicine when he realized that wasn’t what he wanted to do with his life.
Growing up in a family of teachers, he said education was always where he felt like he should be and making the change has allowed him to do something he loves.
“I think I always kind of knew I wanted to be a teacher,” Hoover said. “I realized, well that’s what I want to do and I can make a difference for a lot of kids and have a lot of fun doing it.
“I have a lot of family in education. My mom was a teacher for 35 years. I’ve got many aunts and uncles who are teachers. My brother is a teacher and coach at Edison High School. I kind of grew up with being a part of the school and having that be a huge part of the community.”
His success as a head coach has validated that decision.
After spending several years in charge of Mohawk’s junior varsity volleyball team, Hoover became the Warriors’ head coach in 2004. He won MAL titles in 2004 and 2012, and led the Warriors to a state semifinal appearance in 2011.
Currently in his eighth season as the school’s baseball coach, Hoover eclipsed 100 wins a year ago and won league championships in each of his first two seasons in 2007 and 2008.
After taking over Old Fort’s boys basketball program in 2011, his Stockaders won a share of the league title in 2012-13 and the outright crown in the MAL’s final season in 2013-14.
As a baseball and basketball player through high school, Hoover believed those would be the sports he would most likely coach. But volleyball entered the picture because his mother, Nancy Hoover, has been the volleyball coach at Old Fort for more than 30 years.
All three are unique to him in their own way, and he has learned to love and appreciate the nuances of each of them.
“I grew up with it, with her coaching my whole life,” he said of his mother. “I was always in the gym after school with them when I was younger, so I learned just from watching.
“I was always really involved in athletics growing up no matter what it was. I never really thought I would coach volleyball until I helped her one year as a varsity assistant when I was doing my student teaching and I really liked it.
“I really do enjoy all three. Often people will ask, ‘Well which one’s your favorite?’ Whichever one’s in season is my answer. I couldn’t pick a favorite out of the three.”
Time is an even more precious commodity for Hoover than for many people, considering his teaching responsibilities during the school year and his coaching duties year round.
Depending on the school, most athletes who compete in multiple sports are allowed time off in between seasons before having to report for practice. Hoover gets no such luxury.
“I don’t get that and I guess you can look at that either way,” he said of the break between seasons.
“Some people might want that little bit of a break. But I get bored real easy when that happens. I enjoy moving one right into the other.
“Sometimes they will run right into each other. It’s tough and it can be tiring during those times. I have good people that I know are going to do the right things if there’s times when I can’t be there.
“I really enjoy all of it. Even going twice a day. It doesn’t really seem to affect me too much. I enjoy it when I’m there practicing and working with the kids.”
The time factor, though tight at certain points of the year, is something Hoover has learned to adapt to through years of experience in teaching and coaching. Tthe demanding schedule he has created for himself is actually something he has come to love.
“It does get hard sometimes,” he said. “I enjoy teaching very much. I know that that’s my main job. You just have to plan things well enough. If you plan things well enough, there’s enough time in the day to get everything done.
“I could have never done this when I was younger, just getting started. Now that I have more experience I’m able to have a lot better idea of what things I want to get done, how long things are going to take and I’m able to plan it better to make it work.”
Although he coaches volleyball, basketball and baseball, Hoover admitted his favorite sport is actually golf and that he tries to steal away for a few hours at a time during the summer to play whenever he gets the chance.
He even said he would consider coaching golf later in his career if he decided he wanted to lighten his load a little bit.
Lightening the load, though, isn’t something he plans on doing anytime soon.
“I don’t know. I wouldn’t even want to guess,” Hoover said when asked how much longer he thinks he will continue coaching three sports.
“I don’t feel at this point like I’m getting tired of it. At any point I feel like if I’m doing something where I’m only giving half and I feel like somebody could give more effort to them then I think it wouldn’t be fair to them to keep going.
“I’m not to that point yet.”
Williams, 419-427-8407
andrewwilliams@thecourier.com

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Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs: First Round – Montreal Canadiens 4 – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (Montreal leads series, 2-0)

Detroit Red Wings 1 – Boston Bruins 0 (Detroit leads series, 1-0)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 4 (7-9) – Chicago Cubs 1 (4-11)

Atlanta Braves 6 (11-5) – New York Mets 0 (8-8)

Washington Nationals 3 (10-7) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (10-7)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (12-5) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (8-9)

Miami Marlins 8 (7-10) – Mariners 4 (7-9)

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (9-8) – Cleveland Indians 2 (7-9)

Baltimore Orioles 8 (8-7) – Boston Red Sox 4 (7-10)

Los Angeles Angels 11 (8-8) – Detroit Tigers 6 (7-6)

Texas Rangers 12 (10-7) – Chicago White Sox 0 (8-9)

Kansas City Royals 5 (8-7) – Minnesota Twins 0 (8-8)

Tampa Bay Rays 11 (8-9) – New York Yankees 5 (10-7)

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Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs: First Round – Montreal Canadiens 4 – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (Montreal leads series, 2-0)

Detroit Red Wings 1 – Boston Bruins 0 (Detroit leads series, 1-0)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 4 (7-9) – Chicago Cubs 1 (4-11)

Atlanta Braves 6 (11-5) – New York Mets 0 (8-8)

Washington Nationals 3 (10-7) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (10-7)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (12-5) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (8-9)

Miami Marlins 8 (7-10) – Mariners 4 (7-9)

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (9-8) – Cleveland Indians 2 (7-9)

Baltimore Orioles 8 (8-7) – Boston Red Sox 4 (7-10)

Los Angeles Angels 11 (8-8) – Detroit Tigers 6 (7-6)

Texas Rangers 12 (10-7) – Chicago White Sox 0 (8-9)

Kansas City Royals 5 (8-7) – Minnesota Twins 0 (8-8)

Tampa Bay Rays 11 (8-9) – New York Yankees 5 (10-7)

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US Congress(WASHINGTON) — The latest batch of newly released documents from the Clinton administration revealed that President Bill Clinton already had his eye on Chelsea Clinton’s future mother-in-law two decades ago.

As the Clintons were readying to make their healthcare push, the documents show the White House listed then-Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton’s future mother-in-law, as one of 42 “priority Democratic targets” who were “most important to target immediately.”

The list was revealed as part of more than 7,500 new pages of documents from the Clinton presidency. It was the third installment of documents released by the Clinton Presidential Library.

The list included Democratic lawmakers who were “1) big undecideds on Ways & Means, Energy & Commerce and Education & Labor, 2) those who, on tough floor votes, have difficulty supporting the President or 3) very tough districts.”

Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky, son of Ed Mezvinsky and Margolies, in 2010, and the two are expecting a child this year. Margolies is running for a House seat in Pennsylvania this year.

Also on their list of targets for healthcare–then-Rep. Rick Santorum, who was one of 19 Republicans described as those who are “occasionally independent but don’t hold your breath.”

Healthcare wasn’t the only issue the Clintons looked to Margolies-Mezvinsky for help on. In August of 1993, Clinton was one vote short from getting his budget passed by the House. And who did he convince to switch their vote? Margolies-Mezvinsky. After she changed her vote, Republicans started chanting “Bye-Bye Marjorie!” and it ultimately cost her her seat.

In 2010, Margolies-Mezvinsky used this experience to convince House Democrats to vote in favor of the president’s healthcare plan, even if it could jeopardize their political future.

“Dear wavering House Democrats,” Margolies-Mezvinsky wrote in a Washington Post op-ed, “I feel your pain. Eighteen years ago, I was elected on the coattails of a popular young Democratic president who promised a post-partisan Washington. A year later, with partisan gridlock capturing the Capitol, there was a razor-thin vote on the House floor over legislation that Democrats said would remake the country and Republicans promised would bankrupt it. I was pressed on all sides: by constituents opposed, my president needing a victory and Republicans promising my demise. I was in the country’s most Republican district represented by a Democrat. I had repeatedly said, ‘I will not be a ‘read my lips’ candidate,’ when asked if I would promise not to raise taxes. I voted my conscience, and it cost me.”

“I am your worst-case scenario. And I’d do it all again,” she added. “You could be Margolies-Mezvinskied whether you vote with or against President Obama. You will be assailed no matter how you vote this week. And this job isn’t supposed to be easy. So cast the vote that you won’t regret in 18 years.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Looking for something fun to do outdoors this holiday weekend? Head to a national park — for free!

The president has once again deemed all national parks free and open to the public this weekend in honor of National Parks Week.

In addition to free entrance, during National Parks week from April 19-27, visitors can partake in special events and programs, as well as National Junior Ranger Day on April 26.

According to National Park Services, 133 of the nation’s 401 national parks usually charge an entrance fee, including Grand Canyon, Denali, Yellowstone, Shenandoah and the Statue of Liberty.

The U.S. National Park systems covers more than 84 million acres and includes every state.

In 2013, U.S. state parks saw more than 273 million visitors, with Golden Gate seeing the most visitors last year.

Other days you can grab free park entrance include: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day weekend, National Park Service Birthday on Aug. 25, Sept. 27 for National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

So get out there and enjoy the great outdoors. Or in the words of Obama: “I encourage all Americans to visit their National Parks and be reminded of these unique blessings we share as a Nation.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — If Bill Clinton’s political camp was known for believing the right wing was out to get him, then this undated memo from his administration codified his team’s suspicions.

Clinton White House Conspiracy memo

The memo was released Friday in the latest, thousands-of-pages-long batch of Clinton White House documents to be posted online by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum. The National Archives have been releasing tranches of Clinton documents, previously withheld under the Presidential Records Act, every two weeks this spring.

Reportedly authored by Chris Lehane, then a young White House aide who would later serve as press secretary for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign, the memo — the existence of which was first reported by The Washington Post in 1997 — accuses right-wing think tanks and publications such as The American Spectator of fanning conspiracy theories over the Whitewater land deal and the suicide of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster.

Richard Mellon Scaife, a wealthy conservative and supporter of Newt Gingrich, is the object of many of the accusations.

“The controversy surrounding the death of Vince Foster has been, in large part, the product of a well-financed right-wing conspiracy industry operation. The Wizard of Oz figure orchestrating the machinations of the conspiracy industry is a little-known recluse, Richard Mellon Scaife. Scaife uses his $800 million inherited Mellon fortune to underwrite the Foster conspiracy industry,” the memo reads.

Scaife gave $2.3 million to The American Spectator to find incriminating stories about Clinton, The Washington Post reported in 1999.

Itself a conspiracy theory — of how conspiracy theories were allegedly peddled — the memo dubs the flow of such theories as the “communication system of conspiracy commerce” and tracks them from conservative think tanks to British tabloids and back to the mainstream press, enshrining this path as “The ‘Blow-Back’ Strategy” and noting how congressional interest legitimized some news stories in the eyes of the mainstream press.

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Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is set to be activated from the disabled list Saturday.

Reyes strained his left hamstring during his first at bat of the season and hasn’t played since.

During the past couple of days, Reyes has been on a rehab assignment in Florida, playing two games with Class A Advanced Dunedin.

Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons says the 2011 NL batting title winner will play in the team’s game versus the Indians Saturday.

“He’s going to be good to go,” Gibbons said. “He’s coming, he’s ready to go and he’ll be in there.”

The 30-year-old Reyes missed 66 games last season due to a sprained left ankle. During the 93 games he did play, Reyes hit .296 with 58 runs scored, 10 home runs, 37 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and a .353 on-base percentage.

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Arnold Sachs/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — It’s an iconic image — Bill Clinton as a teenager shaking hands with President John F. Kennedy in the Rose Garden in 1963.

Clinton credited that handshake for inspiring his life in public service. But as the 30th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death approached, White House advisers worried it would seem Clinton was “haunted by JFK’s ghost.”

In multiple memos released Friday as part of the Clinton documents, speechwriter Carter Wilkie revealed his belief that the press corps was “irreverent” in its coverage of President Clinton and President John F. Kennedy. In a Sept. 7, 1993, memo, Wilkie advised that Clinton not conduct any interviews or hold events related to the 30th anniversary of the death of JFK for fear that “an irreverent press corps” would “charge overkill, hero worship, or worse.”

Wilkie also wrote: “We should not encourage a revisionists debate by having some academic like Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. speak about JFK at a White House event. And the last thing we need is a pompous headline, ‘You’re No Jack Kennedy!’”

In a separate memo that same month, Wilkie took issue with the way LIFE magazine framed an upcoming story about JFK and Clinton.

“My argument is not with the story they want, but the way they want the story told. The tone they seek from the President is so self-centered, it’s actually solipsistic,” Wilkie wrote in a memo to David Dreyer, a communications director for Clinton.

“Furthermore, the images of JFK are more LIFE-like than Clintonesque. The President does not need to idolize JFK, nor does he need to sound haunted by JFK’s ghost around the White House just to keep readers interested,” Wilkie added. “I think compromising on this point would suit LIFE’s style, but would not serve the President’s personal or political interests in any way. It may even be counterproductive, given the irreverence in the press anytime this President recalls JFK.”

Clinton shook hands with Kennedy in 1963 during an event at the White House for the American Legion Boys Nation, and in 1998, President Clinton hosted a reunion at the White House for the men who traveled with him to Washington for that event.

Clinton and his fellow Boys Nation delegates recounted his brief meeting with JFK in interviews with ABC News’ Nightline.

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