Column: Europe’s greatest basketball players of all time

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Ed Odeven Reporting

Reflections on the greatest European basketball players of all time.

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HOOP SCOOP column – Hachimura biding his time with top-ranked Gonzaga | The Japan Times

Ed Odeven Reporting

The Gonzaga University men’s basketball team is having a remarkable season — one of the best seasons in U.S. college basketball history. And freshman reser

Source: Hachimura biding his time with top-ranked Gonzaga | The Japan Times

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Working behind the scenes at the 2006 Winter Olympics

Ed Odeven Reporting

This column appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun on Feb. 11, 2006.

FHS grad has bird’s eye view of Torino

By Ed Odeven
Sports editor

Ex-Flagstaff resident Susan Goldsmith is a busy lady. Not that she’s complaining, though. She is the U.S. Olympic Committee’s director of partnership marketing and she’s in Turin (yes, Torino, is the what the locals say), Italy, for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Even so, Goldsmith (nee Gaylord) took time out of her hectic schedule — she’s responsible for strategic marketing, contact management, relationship marketing (sounds time-consuming, eh?) and something known as overall client servicing — to answer a long list of questions sent by e-mail from the Daily Sun sports desk.

Of course, the first thing I wanted to know was this: What’s it like to be in Turin? She was asked to describe the mood of those working there and living there. (She arrived in…

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A love affair with basketball – Navajo announcer L.A. Williams

Ed Odeven Reporting

This column appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun.

Headline: When L.A. Williams talks . . . the Navajo Nation listens
March 4, 2005

By Ed Odeven

Sitting courtside at the Skydome, L.A. Williams is in a familiar pose, taking in the recent action between the Winslow and Snowflake girls basketball teams and telling listeners near and far what’s happening.

This scene is repeated dozens of times a year throughout the Four Corners Region.

When there’s a big game involving Navajo Nation basketball squads or a team from near the rez, chances are you’ll find Williams, the sports director/play-by-play announcer for KTNN (660 AM), at the game.

This time of year, when February Frenzy blossoms into March Madness, Williams is as busy as can be. She announced 25 games during a recent two-week stretch, including the Class 3A boys and girls state tournaments at the Skydome (five games on one hectic…

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COLUMN: A June 2002 conversation with legendary MLB announcer Ernie Harwell


‘Munich 72 and Beyond’

From my September 2015 feature in The Japan Times:

This week’s Olympic notebook features an interview with one of the producers of a soon-to-be-released documentary about the aftermath of the Munich Massacre, the September 1972 terrorist attacks that killed 11 Israelis (athletes, coaches, officials) during the Munich Olympics.

The documentary grew out of planning for the Munich Memorial, with interviews with victims’ family members, among others.

Additional background about the project is detailed in this article.

FLASHBACK: Magazine cover story on Horacio Llamas

This feature on center Horacio Llamas, the first Mexican player in the NBA, appeared in the Phoenix Suns’ Fastbreak Magazine in the October/November 1997 issue.