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Harlem Globetrotters Announce 2018 Rookie Class

ATLANTA - As the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters look toward the 92nd season, and the start of the 2018 "Amazing Feats of Basketball" World Tour, five new stars will be making their debuts for the team when it tips-off tonight at Florida Gateway College in Lake City, Fla. The rookie class of Bulldog Mack, Hot Shot Swanson, Money Merriweather, Primetime Maberry, and Torch George, will become the latest stars to join the legacy of Globetrotters who have endeared themselves to millions worldwide.

"This is a terrific group of rookies who are going to add to what makes the Harlem Globetrotters so special," said Globetrotters legend, Sweet Lou Dunbar, the team's director of player personnel and head coach. "The Globetrotters have continuously thrilled and entertained crowds all over the world for over 91 years. As we get set for our 92nd season, this group is going to show why the 'Amazing Feats of Basketball' World Tour lives up to its name!"

Tedford Named Finalist for Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award

NEW YORK – Fresno State head football coach Jeff Tedford was announced one of eight finalists for the 2017 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. The annual award is presented on behalf of the Football Writers Association of America, in conjunction with the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The Mountain West Coach of the Year, who has led Fresno State to the nation's best win improvement (+8), is also a semifinalist for the 2017 George Munger College Coach of the Year Award, which is presented yearly by the Maxwell Football Club.

Fresno State Football is Hawai’i Bowl Bound on Xmas Eve

FRESNO – The Fresno State football team learned on Sunday its 2017 bowl destination will be the Hawai'i Bowl and its opponent will be the Houston Cougars of the American Athletic Conference. The game will be played on Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. PT and will air on ESPN. These two schools have never faced each other before.
"Every team in college football wants to extend their playing season and I am thrilled for our players and staff," said head coach Jeff Tedford. "We are pleased to represent the Mountain West in the Hawai'i Bowl against a very good Houston team and I look forward to preparing our team for a well-deserved bowl game."

Bulldogs Drop MW Title Gameon Boise Smurf Turf 17-14

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State topped Fresno State 17-14 to claim the 2017 Mountain West Championship on Saturday night at Albertsons Stadium. "I'm really proud of this team and our staff," said head coach Jeff Tedford despite the loss. "We fell short tonight, but this team has accomplished so much. This team rejuvenated the town of Fresno. We have a lot to be proud of, these guys worked really hard to get to this point. I told them in the locker room that they shouldn't hang their heads because they accomplished a lot this year, when no one really believed in them after last season."
The Bulldogs owned a 14-10 advantage at halftime behind two rushing scores by quarterback Marcus McMaryion while the team outgained the Broncos in total yardage, 224-171. But Boise State flipped the script in the second half, limiting Fresno State to 85 yards offense and manufactured 193 yards of its own. The BSU offense scored the game-clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter for the 17-14 win after a scoreless third.

Fresno Grizzlies Win Prestigious Bob Freitas Award as Top Triple-A Operation

FRESNO – For the first time in franchise history, the Fresno Grizzlies have been chosen as the Bob Freitas Award winner by national industry publication Baseball America.  The honor recognizes the top overall operations in Minor League Baseball, as a recipient is selected at each level of MiLB.  2017 is the first year Fresno has been chosen for the award, and the third consecutive season a Pacific Coast League club has won the Triple-A award, as the Grizzlies join the Salt Lake Bees (2015) and Round Rock Express (2016).  

First awarded in 1989, the Freitas Award is among the most prestigious in baseball for an organization, and recognizes overall excellence in all departments, from marketing and promotions, to baseball operations, to field management, and stadium operations and game day experience.   

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