Unseld a workmanlike leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wes Unseld was an undersized NBA center known more for his bruising picks, tenacious rebounding and perfectly placed outlet passes than any points he produced.

He thrived in his role as a workmanlike leader.

“I never played pretty,” Unseld said when elected to the Hall of Fame in 1988. “I wasn’t flashy. My contributions were in the things most people don’t notice. They weren’t in high scoring or dunking or behind-the-back passes.”

Unseld, who began his pro career as a rookie MVP, led Washington to its only NBA championship and was chosen one of the 50 greatest players in league history, died Tuesday after “lengthy health battles, most recently with pneumonia,” his family said in a statement released by the Wizards. He was 74.

He spent his entire 13-season playing career with the Bullets-Wizards franchise, then was its coach and general manager. The team was based in Baltimore when he was drafted; he and his wife, Connie, opened Unselds’ School in that city in 1978.

“Wes Unseld was one of the most consequential players of his era,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “His competitive drive and selfless approach made him a beloved teammate. … Wes also set the model of class, integrity and professionalism for the entire NBA family during stints as a player, coach and team executive with Washington and through his dedication to expanding educational opportunities for children.”

Listed at 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds, Unseld used power and savvy to outplay bigger opponents.

Campbell’s biggest hit

“It was the biggest hit of my life. … It was just a blur going around the bases. When we got into the dugout that’s when things exploded.” — Kent State junior center fielder Evan Campbell, who hit a disputed two-out, three-run home run in the eighth inning to give No. 25 Kent State a 3-2 win over No. 13 Kentucky in the regional championship baseball game in Gary, Ind., on June 3, 2012. Campbell, a West Branch High School graduate, gives the Golden Flashes their first NCAA regional title in school history. “This goes down as the biggest win in Kent State history,” coach Scott Stricklin said.

Virtual 5K donation

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Marathon Foundation presented the second check from the “6 Feet From Me Virtual 5K” fundraiser to Joe Lordi at Gleaners Food Bank.

The second check amounted to $1,300, bringing the total donation to $2,300 to the nonprofit organization that serves over 4,000 families a month.

There were 185 people who completed the race.


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