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Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan reacts to a call during a game against Howard. (AP)
Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan reacts to a call during a game against Howard. (AP)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan hopes his sophomore guard Mike Williams dedicated this game to his grandmother.

After not being able to come see him play in nearly a year, Eva Johnson made the trip from Brooklyn, New York, Saturday to see her grandson play after having minor surgery. Williams gave her quite the get-well gift, scoring a career-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers to lead Rutgers past Central Arkansas 87-84 Saturday in the second of two opening round games of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event.

"I was just playing basketball to be honest," Williams said. "I was taken what was given to me. I guess I wanted to give her a show because she came all the way out here to see me."

Tags: Eddie Jordan, Mike Williams
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Senior guard Bishop Daniels is the leading returning scorer after averaging 8.4 points in his first year with Rutgers. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
Senior guard Bishop Daniels is the leading returning scorer after averaging 8.4 points in his first year with Rutgers. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) After losing the top two scorers and rebounders from a 10-22 team, it appears that a rough debut in the Big Ten may be followed by an equally tough second season for Rutgers

Coach Eddie Jordan does not see it that way.

"We're looking forward to being more successful in the second year in the Big Ten," he said. "We lost three of our top players last year, so it's a new team. We have seven newcomers. I like our talent base. We look good, deeper, athletic."

Tags: Bishop Daniels, Eddie Jordan, Greg Lewis, Mike Williams, Shaquille Doorson
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Yesterday?s radio appearance fiasco?the latest in the drawn out decline of Tiki Barber serves as yet another reminder of the off the field controversies that surround professional sports stars.

Once one of New York?s favorite sons, Barber was thought to be a walking embodiment of everything that Wellington Mara and the Giants organization stood for. He exuded class, got involved with charity work, and usually handled himself with poise when addressing the media. For a team that was desperate for something to smile about, Barber was a bright spot that the crowd relied upon to add spark to a mediocre offensive attack.

So why exactly is Barber?s worsening image important? He is certainly not the first pro athlete, not even the first Giant in recent memory, to tarnish himself in the public?s eye. This case stands out because it proves that owners and GM?s never can quite tell which potential team members will generate distractions and negative attention within the locker room.

Tags: Mike Williams, New York Giants, Tiki Barber
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