Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 30, 2010

Sports Shorts

LIN IN TAIWAN . . . Palo Alto's Jeremy Lin isn't wasting any time getting his NBA career under way, even if it's as a goodwill ambassador. Lin was in Taipei, Taiwan on Wednesday competing in a charity basketball game organized by Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets. The 48-minute game, organized by the Yao Foundation as a part of a charity tour in Taiwan, was played between two teams composed of active NBA players and players from China and Taiwan. All proceeds will be donated to local charities. Lin, the Palo Alto High graduate who signed a two-year contract with the Golden State Warriors last week, drew a standing ovation when he took the court with 6:45 to go in the first quarter. Lin, 21, flew to Taiwan early Wednesday for a whirlwind two-day visit after he received a phone call from Yao. NBA China CEO Tim Chen told Focus Taiwan that he and Yao Ming had been in touch with Lin for a few days before finalizing arrangements on Monday. Lin, who reported that he has not visited Taiwan for more than seven years, said he has many fond memories of Taiwan. Both of his parents hail from central Taiwan's Changhua County. Lin told Focus Taiwan that he vowed to continue working hard to improve his skills and athleticism in pursuit of his immediate goal to become the Warriors' starting point guard. Down the road, he said, he hopes to win an NBA championship.

ROWING MEDALS . . . It was a highly successful weekend for all three Stanford women rowers who participated in the World Rowing Under 23 Championships over the weekend in Brest, Belarus. All three made their way to the medal stand, as Grace Luczak and Julie Smith each earned gold with the U.S. Women's Eight and Women's Four, respectively, and Lindsay Meyer captured bronze in the Women's Single Sculls. The trio was part of an overall U.S. team effort that yielded seven medals, breaking the previous record of four won in 2002 when the event was still known as the World Under 23 Regatta. "It's been an excellent weekend for Team USA and for Stanford," said Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. "Grace, Julie and Lindsay are three very positive and hard working teammates. It's rewarding for all of us back home to see it all pay off for them on the elite stage."

COACH OPENINGS . . . Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton are looking for some coaches for the upcoming school year. Sacred Heart needs a girls JV head tennis coach and boys JV head tennis coach. Interested applicants please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at 473-4031 or via email at frodriguez@shschools.org. Menlo-Atherton is looking for a girls' varsity golf coach and a boys' frosh-soph soccer coach. Those interested in the positions should contact Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org.

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