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|Former Hoosier baller Steve Alford left his legacy in the hands of the Indiana University men?s basketball program when he graduated in the 1980s Lewis Cook England Jersey , but this former IU star and native Hoosier is now receiving the ultimate recognition for his contribution to the famed Indiana sport: a place in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Alford was recently selected to head the 2009 class of inductees for the Hall of Fame, becoming the eighth honoree to do in his first year of eligibility. Joining the ranks of Oscar Robertson, Rick Mount, George McGinnis, Kurt Benson, Larry Bird Ashley Young England Jersey , Kyle Macy and Dave Colescott, this two time All American, 1987 NCAA champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist will get his shining moment in the spotlight this spring when he is inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame 26 years after he graduated from high school.
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KIEV, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko left the out-of-prison health center in eastern Ukraine on Saturday evening after about two and a half years behind the bars, opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk said.
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Hours earlier, Tymoshenko ally Alexandr Turchinov was elected parliament speaker to replace Volodymyr Rybak, who resigned due to health reasons.
The 49-year-old Turchinov served as first deputy prime minister in Tymoshenko's government from 2007 to 2010.
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Conflicting reports appeared over the fate of Yanukovych following Tymoshenko's release.
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In an interview aired on the local UBR TV station Saturday, Yanukovych described the events occurring in the country as a " coup". He dismissed rumors of his resignation and said he would not leave the country.
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