tHe Doc­toR Is In

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTSBRIEFING - — Com­piled from wire ser­vices

Fu­ture big-league star pitcher Mike Flana­gan played on the UMass fresh­man bas­ket­ball team, where he of­ten got to scrim­mage against a var­sity for­ward named Julius Erv­ing.

“I re­ally didn’t know much about Dr. J un­til I came down on a fast break and pulled up to take a jump shot,” Flana­gan said. “Dr. J was nowhere in the area but, out of nowhere, he blocked the shot and nine play­ers were run­ning the other way.

“First thing I thought? Bet­ter work on my slider, be­cause this is a whole dif­fer­ent level of play.”

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