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set you back about $2,500. Well worth it for Miner Ball in Costa Rica! UTEP has games scheduled versus McGill University on Aug. 16 and Aug. 17 (both at 7 p.m.), and the University of British Columbia on Aug. 18 (11:30 a.m.). All three games will be played at the Ciudad DeportBy Steve Kaplowitz / iva, Av. Francia Hatillo #2 in San Jose. All Comment: @whatsupweekly games will be governed by FIBA rules. BeIf UTEP fans are looking fore they embark for Costa Rica, the team for a last-minute summer va- will play a scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 12 cation, they can spend a week in Costa Rica at the Don Haskins Center. Miner fans will with the men’s basketball team. The school have an opportunity to get their first look recently released the itinerary for the August at seven new players for the 2017-18 season. trip, including air travel, hotel information UTEP will release more details on that speand their exhibition opponents. cial game next month. The team will be leaving El Paso on TuesUTEP also announced last week that Anday morning, Aug. 15 and fly to Dallas. They will connect on American Airlines Flight #986 tonio Davis, Seth Joyner, Blessing Okagbare, to San Jose (Costa Rica), departing the Dallas Cynthia Ruelas and Paul Stankowski will be Fort Worth Airport at 2:50 p.m. Arrival at San inducted into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport in Fame Class of 2017. The banquet will be held on Friday, Oct. 27 at the Larry K. Durham Costa Rica is set for 6:02 p.m. local time. UTEP’s hotel for the first three nights Sports Center. The 15th induction class will (Aug. 15-17) is the Costa Rica Marriott San also be honored at the UTEP football game Jose, and the team hotel for the last two versus UTSA on Saturday, Oct. 28. “Every year we look forward to inducting nights (Aug. 18-19) is the Los Suenos Marriour all-time greats into the UTEP Athletics ott Ocean & Golf Resort. The Miners will return to El Paso on Sun- Hall of Fame,” director of athletics Bob Stull day, Aug. 20. The return flight to Dallas from said. “The 2017 class is outstanding. We are San Juan (Costa Rica) is American #2436, particularly excited about getting the first representatives from the men’s golf and voldeparting at 6:55 a.m. I priced out this vacation using each leyball programs in. It should be a fun weekwebsite and the hotel stays would cost about end in October and we can’t wait for these $1,100 over the five days. As for airfare, Miner Legends to return to campus.”


American Airlines offers flights into San Juan, Costa Rica for $667. For $100 less, you can fly Southwest Airlines, but they fly into Liberia, Costa Rica which is a four hour drive from San Juan. When you add up food, hoops and souvenirs, this trip will probably

Since 1997, Steve Kaplowitz has hosted “Sportstalk” weekday afternoons 4-7 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso. Over the last 17 years, he has also worked for UTEP and NMSU as a play-by-play broadcaster, for UTEP telecasts on Time Warner Cable and for KDBC-TV and KTSM-TV as a sports anchor/reporter. You can contact Steve by emailing him at

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