NEW YORK — Former Duke basketball player Thomas Emma fell from the 12th floor of the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to his death in an apparent suicide, police said.
Emma’s body was found at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on a second-floor landing of the building on Central Park South. The New York City medical examiner will determine the cause of his death.
Emma was the captain for the 1983 Duke team that featured the freshman trio of Jay Bilas, Johnny Dawkins and Mark Alarie, who eventually led the Blue Devils to the 1986 Final Four. Emma was drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago Bulls but never played in the NBA.
He averaged 7.1 points while starting 71 games during his college career.
Bilas, a college basketball analyst for ESPN, told The Herald-Sun that Emma “was like a big brother to me.” Bilas said that Emma had been struggling with his health in recent months.
Emma was a high school star in Manhasset, on Long Island, and later was president of Power Performance, Inc., a company devoted to training young athletes. Emma also wrote a book titled “Basketball Player’s Comprehensive Guide to Strength Training.”
Tar Heels baseball team
honoring Fox’s late mother
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina’s baseball players can think of no better way to honor coach Mike Fox’s late mother than by earning another berth in the College World Series.
Their coach was home with his family in Raleigh during the Chapel Hill Regional. The Tar Heels swept the regional, and in their final game they wore pink socks — the color of breast-cancer awareness — in Barbara Fox’s memory.
Catcher Jacob Stallings says beating Stanford in the super regionals and making it back to Omaha is something “we kind of owe to him.”
Fox’s mother died June 4 at the age of 76 from cancer. The players attended her visitation on Monday and the coaching staff attended her funeral Tuesday.
Kansas State’s football season
finale to be televised on FSN
MANHATTAN — Kansas State’s 2011 home finale against Iowa State on December 3 will be televised by Fox Sports Net as the Big 12 Conference and its television partners announced today their early football selections for 2011.
The matchup with the Cyclones will kickoff at 11:30 a.m. from Bill Snyder Family Stadium, the fourth straight year that the series will be televised by the network.
Tickets for the Iowa State game, which go on sale Monday, are priced at $55 (bowl/sideline) and $35 (view level), while four-packs are available for just $99. Quantities and seat locations are limited for the four-pack options.
Group tickets are available at $30 each for groups of 12 or more and $20 each for groups of 50. Combo packages can also be purchased for $85 when you pair an Iowa State game ticket with either the Missouri, Oklahoma or Texas A&M games.
Season tickets for the seven-game 2011 schedule also remain on sale, including a limited number of North End Zone and View Level (sections 420 and 430) seats at $210 each. For more information regarding tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.k-statesports.com.
In 2011, K-State will look to continue what has been a very successful run on the field. Kansas State was one just six schools nationally this year to have its football team in a bowl game, both basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament and its baseball team make an NCAA Regional.
The Wildcats open the 2011 campaign September 3 with the third-annual K-State Family Reunion against Eastern Kentucky. Kick time for the opener will be announced at a later date.