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Arizona to honor Terry Francona at halftime of basketball game

Terry Francona, the college Player of the Year in 1980, will work with ESPN in 2012. Photo by Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Arizona will honor former All-American outfielder Terry Francona — who managed the Boston Red Sox to two World Series championships — at halftime of the Wildcats’ basketball game against Oregon.

The university is recognizing his induction last year into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

UA baseball coach Andy Lopez, former head coaches Jerry Kindall and Jerry Stitt, as well as longtime assistant Jim Wing, will be on hand to help pay tribute to Francona.

Francona was the college Player of the Year in 1980, leading the Cats to the national title.

His eight-year run with the Red Sox, which included titles in 2004 and 2007, ended after last season. Francona will work with ESPN as an analyst this season.

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