Talking Points: Tribute to Greg Halman

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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Seattle Times sports columnist Steve Kelley wrote Monday how Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman “was an inextinguishable smile. Good day or 0-fer, he acted the same.”

“It’s all good,” Halman liked to say.

Halman was stabbed to death on Monday in The Netherlands. His brother was being questioned in the death. (See story on Page B2.)

Kelley wrote about what made Halman so likable in Seattle:

“Even though he struggled to make it to the big leagues, Halman said he always dreamed big.”

“This is what I want to do,” he said that day. “This is what I dreamed about growing up at home. A lot of us did. I want to play this game as long as I can.”

“In a Mariners clubhouse that needed a shot of personality, Halman, in his too-short time there, provided it. Every player loves being a big-leaguer, but Greg Halman loooooved it. He was a let’s-play-two guy.”

(Click here to read entire Steve Kelley column)

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It’s gray, wet and gloomy outside, so why not tune in ESPN for the Maui Invitational basketball tournament.

November college hoops you say?

Meaningless you say? Well wait just a minute ... this is a quality event.

Consider:

• Two of the last three Maui champions won the NCAA Tournament (Connecticut last year, North Carolina in 2009).

• 2006 Maui champ UCLA made the Final Four in March 2007.

• Anytime you have Duke and Kansas in a tournament together, it can’t be all bad.

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