Swimming champ, 26, dies of cardiac arrest

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Swimming champ, 26, dies of cardiac arrest

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STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Alexander Dale Oen, a world champion swimmer who was one of Norway's top medal hopes for the London Olympics, died from cardiac arrest after collapsing in his bathroom during a training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was 26. The president of the Norwegian swimming federation, Per Rune Eknes, confirmed the death to The Associated Press via telephone on Tuesday. He said it was still unclear what led to the cardiac arrest. In a statement, the federation said the 100 meter breaststroke world champion was found collapsed on the floor of his bathroom late Monday. He was taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. "We're all in shock," Norway Coach Petter Loevberg said. "This is an out-of-the-body experience for the whole team over here. Our thoughts primarily go to his family who have lost Alexander way too early." Hospital spokeswoman Starla Collins confirmed the death, but did not provide further details. Dale Oen earned his biggest triumph in the pool at last year's worlds in Shanghai when he won the 100 breaststroke, a victory that provided some much-needed joy back in Norway just three days after the massacre by right-wing extremist Anders Breivik that killed 77 people -- including children at a summer camp. Dale Oen dedicated the win to the victims of that massacre, pointing to the Norwegian flag on his cap after the finish to send a message to his countrymen back home. "We need to stay united," he said after the race. "Everyone back home now is of course paralyzed with what happened but it was important for me to symbolize that even though I'm here in China, I'm able to feel the same emotions." His death dominated the news in Norway on Monday, and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said on Twitter that "Alexander Dale Oen was a great sportsman for a small country. My thoughts go to his family and friends." The Norwegian team is holding a camp in Flagstaff ahead of the Olympics, and the federation said Dale Oen had only underwent a light training session on Monday, and also played some golf that day. But teammates became worried when the swimmer spent an unusually long time in the shower, and entered his bathroom when he failed to respond to their knocks on the door. The federation said "they found Dale Oen laying partly on the floor, partly on the edge of his bathtub." Team doctor Ola Roensen said he immediately began performing CPR until an ambulance arrived. "Everything was done according to procedure, and we tried everything, so it is immensely sad that we were not able to resuscitate him," Roensen said. "It is hard to accept." In his last tweet on Monday, Dale Oen said he was looking forward to going back home: "2 days left of our camp up here in Flagstaff,then it's back to the most beautiful city in Norway.. (hashtag)Bergen." Dale Oen was born in Bergen, Norway's second largest city, on May 21, 1985. He was the second son of Mona Lillian Dale and Ingolf Oen. He started swimming at the age of 4, and said on his website that the sport "came very easy and natural for me." He is the second high-profile athlete to die from cardiac arrest recently, after Italian football player Piermario Morosini collapsed on the pitch during a Serie B game for Livorno last month. That incident came just a month after Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba also collapsed during a game, but survived. "It feels unreal that Alexander Dale Oen is no longer with us," Norwegian skiing champion Aksel Lund Svindal, the two-time overall world Cup champion, said on Twitter. "My thoughts go out to his family, friends and his whole team in Flagstaff." Keri-Anne Payne, the 10-kilometer open water world champion from Britain, said: "Such sad news for swimming."

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Kelly Oubre, Ian Mahinmi stand at center of Wizards' defensive turnaround

Kelly Oubre, Ian Mahinmi stand at center of Wizards' defensive turnaround

LOS ANGELES -- Amid the joyful chaos in the locker room following the Wizards' first division title in four decades, a vital piece of Tuesday's accomplishment, Kelly Oubre, eased his way out of Staples Center wearing a tray of diamonds over his teeth. 

Ian Mahinmi did the same. Meaning, left the locker room virtually unnoticed. Minus the grill Oubre wore. 

If it weren't for those two second-unit players, there likely wouldn't have been a 16-point comeback to drop the L.A. Lakers 117-108 in the first game of a back-to-back. They helped make up for a first-quarter in which the first unit spotted them a 20-8 lead only to squander it. 

"Trash to cash. That's all it was," Oubre, who had nine of his 14 points in the fourth when the Wizards outscored them 37-13. "We weren't anything in the first quarter. Fourth quarter, we stepped it up. We know what our identity is. That's the difference. We know when we're not doing something right. We just streamlined it and got back to being ourselves." 

Mahinmi terrorized the Lakers in the paint. He had 10 points and five rebounds overall, but that doesn't even begin to explain his impact. He was a big reason why the Lakers shot just 5-for-21 in the fourth and committed five turnovers.

Oubre's first bucket of the fourth quarter came because of Mahinmi. He stole Tyler Ennis' pass which led to the dunk. Recognizing he was being defended by inferior post players, Mahinmi confidently isolated and went to work with a counter move at the rim to get the layup and the foul. After making the free throw, the Wizards' deficit was down to 101-97.

When he left the floor around the four-minute mark, the Wizards were even and the starters closed it out.  

"His defense, his presence as he finished around the basket, his deflections, his protecting the basket, his protecting the paint, it's huge," coach Scott Brooks said. "They were having their way inside with us. I think their first quarter they had nine or 10 layups it seems like. All the guys in the end of the third, fourth quarter played with their heart, played with their toughness and it gave us an opportunity to get stops and get out in transition where we are at our best."

Mahinmi had only played five games because of procedures on both knees entering All-Star break. He has played in 19 since then, and his field-goal shooting has gone from 37.5% to 60.3%; his rebounding from 2.6 to 5.1; his steals from 0.6 to 1.2; his free-throw shooting from 50% to 65.3%; and his on-court/off-court rating from minus-6.8 to plus-3.3.

"He's a great defender. He's what we've been missing in the paint," Oubre said. "I can't wait until he's dunking on people like he used to."

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Melo Trimble will forgo senior senior season, enter 2017 NBA Draft

Melo Trimble will forgo senior senior season, enter 2017 NBA Draft

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

Maryland's leader for the past three years, has announced that he will forgo his senior season with the program to enter the 2017 NBA Draft. 

Ever since Melo Trimble was a freshman he was an instant impact for the Terrapins, helping guide the team to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in four seasons. Since then, the 6'3" guard has lead the team to two more NCAA appearances, making it three straight, as 79 wins.

In 2016, the team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since the 2002-03 season. During that tournament run, Trimble brought in 18 points a contest, including 17 points against Kansas in a loss.

Despite much speculation to enter the draft following that season, Trimble returned for his junior year.

Throughout his Maryland career he averaged 15.9 points and earned AP All-American Honorable Mention the past two years. He is one of four Maryland players to record 1,600 points, 400 assists, and 150 steals.

If drafted, Trimble will be the 65th player in Maryland history to hear his named called per basketball-reference. The last Terp to be drafted was Alex Len to the Phoenix Suns in 2013.