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Nine-year NBA veteran and Illinois basketball great Meyers Leonard and his wife, Elle, a Gies College of Business graduate, have made a $500,000 gift to the Ubben Basketball Complex renovation and expansion project. Meyers and Elle will be in attendance at Monday’s tilt against Purdue, marking Meyers’ first game back in the arena since his final game as a Fighting Illini basketball player.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 1,300 fake championship rings worth nearly $1 million through an operation conducted during the fall months at the Port of Cincinnati. Some of the items recovered included counterfeit Milwaukee Bucks championship rings and a Lombardi Trophy. Officers intercepted 56 shipments of counterfeit championship rings from October to December. A total of 1,382 rings and trophies were seized. “The cheaply made rings, which lack detail and quality, included Boston Red Sox World Series, LA Dodgers, Milwaukee Bucks, University of Kentucky Championship, and NASCAR Championship rings to name a few,” the agency said in a statement.
After being thrown off his plan during his one year at North Carolina, Anthony believes he is back on schedule. In fact, he says, he is ahead of his expectations now. He needs to readjust, he says, and set new goals. “For me, personally, I had some numbers in my head,” he said. “I was thinking I was going to come into this year potentially 17-18, 6, and 6. But at this point I feel I can do more than that. I think I’m already ahead of that right now and I think I can get to 23, 24 points a game. If not 25, and also help this team win.”