Originally created 12/24/01



Ex-Alabama star Ed Salem dies

Ed Salem, an All-American at Alabama who played a memorable game against Auburn when the two schools revived the series in 1948, died of complications from diabetes. He was 72.

Salem, who died Wednesday, went on to briefly play for the Washington Redskins, and with Montreal of the Canadian Football League.

He also was the longtime owner of a popular Birmingham restaurant called Ed Salem's.

When Alabama and Auburn renewed their series in 1948 after 42 years, Salem led the Crimson Tide to a 55-0 win over the Tigers. Salem threw touchdown passes of 20, 53 and 30 yards, scored on a 17-yard run, kicked seven extra points and played safety on defense.

Salem is survived by his wife, Ann; four sons, Edward Jr., Wayne, Stephen and James; a brother, George; and a sister, Helen Zaden.

College Football

Two LSU athletes declared ineligible

Wide receiver Blain Bech and linebacker Lionel Turner will not play for LSU in the Sugar Bowl because of poor grades.

The decision was announced by coach Nick Saban, whose No. 12 Tigers will play No. 7 Illinois in the New Year's Day game at the Superdome.

Bech was the holder on field goals and point-after attempts in all 12 games this year. Turner played in 11 games and finished with seven tackles, including a season high of three against Florida.


Augusta Impact needs players

The Augusta Impact 12-and-under girls fast pitch softball travel team is looking for all-star caliber pitchers and catchers.

For tryouts, please contact Jeff Towe at (706) 364-2170 or (706) 771-5618 or Roger Gray at 868-6489 or 738-6638.


Lakeside match set for Dec. 29

An alumni soccer match for Lakeside High School players will be held Saturday, Dec. 29 at 2:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium.

The cost to participate is $25, which includes a T-shirt.

For more information, contact Dave Morgan at 869-8282 or Ann Heigle at 650-0641.

Pro Football

Chiefs' TE talks about NBA again

Tony Gonzalez, who plays football for a living and basketball for a passion, is once again making noises about giving the NBA a try.

A report on CBS television Sunday quoted unnamed sources that Kansas City's All-Pro tight end hired a special trainer and hoped to be in contact with NBA teams after the season.

Reports that Gonzalez might pursue an NBA career first surfaced last summer. He said then it "probably isn't going to happen."

Gonzalez, who averaged 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in three seasons at the University of California, caught two passes for 22 yards in the Chiefs' 23-20 victory over San Diego on Sunday.

He uncharacteristically snubbed reporters afterward, but agent Tom Condon confirmed they still are interested in the NBA.

"He's been seen by a lot of teams already and he's pretty well made his intentions known that he'd be interested in at least getting an opportunity to try to do something," Condon said. "We'll be contacting them after the season's over. We're going to investigate it and see what's available."

Gonzalez' contract with the Chiefs is up this year, but Condon said his client does not intend to turn his back on football.

Chiefs president Carl Peterson said he checked with the general manager of the Chicago Bulls Jerry Krause before drafting Gonzalez in the first round of the 1997 draft.

As a 6-foot-4 power forward, Gonzalez might be at a disadvantage in the NBA where the typical power forward is 6-9.


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