Ticky may be poor in some ways, but he certainly is rich with friends.
Luther "Ticky" Burden, the University of Utah basketball player who I thought had the greatest nickname ever when he was starring for the Runnin' Utes in the mid-1970s, has had his share of ups and downs in life.
He played in the ABA and the NBA for a few years, represented his country in the 1975 Pan American Games and later in life worked with many youth in local basketball camps in North Carolina and New York.
He also spent some time in prison following a conviction for his believed involvement in a bank robbery.
The conviction was eventually overturned.
Now, Burden faces a health battle, a life-threatening form of infiltrative heart disease known as ATTR amyloid. To pursue possible heart and liver transplants and receive treatment, he'll have to move and the costs are prohibitive. He does not have health insurance.
Several basketball legends are coming to the aid of their friend and teammate.
Former pro and college legends are coming together to help raise funds for Burden at a charity dinner on Aug. 17 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The event includes a sports memorabilia auction. The proceeds will go directly to helping Burden battle his life-threatening illness.
For more information,visit LutherBurdenFund.com or nssafame.com.
Happy 4th of July
ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductees Lewis Feild and John W. Jones Jr. spent their Fourth of July holiday sharing their equestrian expertise with members of the U.S. Marine Corps' military mountain horse instructors unit just outside Bridgeport, Calif.
Since 1951, the USMC base has served as a joint-service mountain warfare training center, preparing Marines and other service branches to operate in the most rugged and extreme environs such as Afghanistan.
"I had no idea we even had a mountain horse packing and riding program still active in the military," Feild, the Utah native, told PRCA Media. Feild and Jones traveled to Kyrgyzstan last spring with American300 on a Department of State mission.
To see a video of the trip, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv0JCfYKYZY.
Also, try watching ESPN Sports Center's Going Home feature without shedding a patriotic tear.
To see it, visit ESPN's http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9438508.
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Congrats to the Chico State team of Andrew Loberg of Rocklin, Calif., and Nick Carrico of Oroville, Calif., who won the FLW College Fishing Western Conference event on the California Delta last month with a five-bass limit weighing 24 pounds, 1 ounce. Chico State beat second-place Eastern Washington University by 3 pounds, 6 ounces.
Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or email@example.com.