Sports Briefs, April 23

Georgetown great Dikembe Mutumbo was honored at Ellis Island on Thursday.

Georgetown great Dikembe Mutumbo was honored at Ellis Island on Thursday.

On Thursday, April 22, former Georgetown center and NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo (FLL ’91) was presented with a B.C. Forbes Peopling of America Award in Sports by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation in the Great Hall at the Ellis Island Museum in New York City. The award “honors the lives of immigrants who arrived at another time or through another port of entry,” according to the foundation’s Web site. Mutombo was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and arrived in the United States in 1987. He became an American citizen in March of 2006. For over a decade and a half, Mutombo has led efforts to improve health and education in his native Congo. Joining Mutombo as an honoree was music legend Bruce Springsteen, Avon Products CEO Andrea Jung and former Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson. NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams hosted the event, meant to recognize the honorees’ contributions to the American Dream.

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Paul Tagliabue, former NFL Commissioner and the current chairman of the Georgetown University board of directors, has been hired as a special adviser for strategic planning for the Big East conference. Tagliabue will serve as an unpaid consultant to the conference, which is facing the possibility of team reshuffling if the Big Ten Conference moves forward with plans to add a 12th team to its league. Tagliabue will help assess the league’s weaknesses and opportunities and help it explore TV and media prospects. A few Big East teams, notably Notre Dame, have been rumored to have planned leaving the Big East to join the Big Ten.

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Saturday, April 24, the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team will play in the ESPNU Warrior Classic in East Hartford, Conn. The Classic is a doubleheader featuring four top-20 ranked teams. The Hoyas, currently No.10 in the country, will face off against the University of Massachusetts, currently No. 16 nationally. The game will follow a matchup of No. 17 Fairfield against No. 18 Denver. The Hoyas and the Minutemen have a long-standing rivalry, this being the 11th meeting between the old rivals who have met every year since 2000. The Hoyas lead the series 7-3 and have won the last four meetings between the two clubs.

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