Washington HOF honors Bend man — Jim Smith, a current Bend resident who was head wrestling coach at the University of Washington from 1966 to 1974, has been inducted in the Washington Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Smith, 84, was inducted for “Lifetime Service to Wrestling” at a June 2 banquet in Olympia, Washington. He was one of 10 inductees recognized at the Washington Chapter ceremony. At Washington, Smith coached the Huskies to two conference championships and to a fourth-place finish in the 1972 NCAA championships. Smith, who coached in Oregon at Clackamas and Madison high schools before his college career, coached two national champions at UW: Larry Owings — the only wrestler ever to defeat Iowa State legend Dan Gable — in 1970, and Bill Murdock, in 1972. Smith, who grew up in Clackamas County and was a four-year wrestling letterman at Portland State, has lived in Central Oregon for more than 25 years.
Youth camp features Maarty Leunen — Redmond’s Maarty Leunen will host a youth basketball camp at Redmond High School on Monday and Tuesday. The camp is for third- through eighth-graders. Grades 3-5 are scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. each day, and grades 6-8 are set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. Cost is $40 for preregistration and $50 at the door and includes a T-shirt. Leunen is a former star player for Redmond High and the University of Oregon who has spent the last 10 years playing professional basketball overseas, most recently in Bologna, Italy. For more information and to preregister, call Redmond High School at 541-923-4806.
Grizzlies hire Bucks assistant as head coach — The Memphis Grizzlies finally filled their coaching vacancy by hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins. The Grizzlies will introduce Jenkins at news conference on Wednesday. Memphis became the sixth and final NBA team to hire a new coach after firing J.B. Bickerstaff following the end of the season in April. Jenkins, 34, was Mike Budenholzer’s assistant in Milwaukee this season and in Atlanta for five seasons. Jenkins becomes Memphis’ fourth head coach since the Grizzlies chose not to renew Lionel Hollins’ contract in 2013 after he led them to their lone Western Conference final appearance. The new Grizzlies coach started in the NBA as an intern with the San Antonio Spurs’ basketball operations department during the 2007-08 season after graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics.
Raiders picked to be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’ — Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden will be a TV star once again. HBO announced Tuesday that the Raiders will be featured on the network’s “Hard Knocks” show in training camp this summer that gives a behind-the-scenes look at an NFL team. Gruden spent nine seasons as the lead analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” before returning to the sideline for a second stint as Raiders coach last year. Now he will likely be a star of the 14th edition of this reality show. The Raiders made several high-profile additions this offseason that made them an attractive team for the show. They hired another former TV analyst as general manager in Mike Mayock, traded for big-play receiver Antonio Brown and signed controversial free agents Vontaze Burfict and Richie Incognito. Gruden had expressed reservations about being on the show but the Raiders were one of five teams who could be forced to do the show because they didn’t make the playoffs the past two seasons, didn’t have a new coach and hadn’t done the show the past 10 years. The first of five episodes will air Aug. 6.
Governor calls for hold on racing at Santa Anita park — Gov. Gavin Newsom of California called on Tuesday for a moratorium on racing at Santa Anita Park until the horses are evaluated by independent veterinarians, after the thoroughbred death toll at the track reached 29 this week. “I continue to be troubled by the horse deaths at Santa Anita Park,” Newsom said in a statement. “Enough is enough. I am calling on the California Horse Racing Board to ensure that no horse races until they are examined by independent veterinarians and found fit to compete.” The governor’s statement came just days after the California Horse Racing Board asked that the park owners shut down and forgo the remaining days of its meet, which ends June 23. But neither the Los Angeles-area racetrack nor California horsemen were willing to abandon the remaining dates at Santa Anita. In November, Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup, one of horse racing’s most prestigious annual events. In March, after the 22nd horse death this season, the track said it would ban the use of drugs and whips on racing days. Track officials have not publicly pinpointed the cause of the deaths, but drugs and whips are among the factors under examination. Track conditions and colder and rainier weather than usual have also been under inspection.
— From staff and wire reports