Walton, speaking from experience, heartened college athletes are protesting and urges ‘to keep going’

By TOM SHANAHAN Bill Walton’s mind cheerfully hums songs illuminating life’s complexities, but he burst out with renewed hope last spring and summer. The chord struck was college athletes outspokenly supporting Black Lives Matter protests. “I’m all for it,” Walton said. “It’s fantastic -- a dream come true. It’s what I grew up hoping the future would be; now it’s here.” What Bob Dylan song might Walton be singing to himself? Maybe, “Blowin’ in the Wind.” How about…

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Moore happy to be back at Duke but disappointed freshmen will miss what he enjoyed a year ago

By TOM SHANAHAN Duke’s Wendell Moore eagerly awaits his sophomore basketball season while two of his classmates prepare for the Nov. 18 NBA draft as one-and-dones along with a third teammate that left school early, Tre Jones. They’re about to become instant millionaires, but Moore isn’t envious. If the 6-foot-5, 216-pounder small forward, who was an Academic All-ACC selection last year and a preseason All-ACC second-team pick, has any regrets, it’s for this year’s true freshmen. He wishes…

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