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Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., who is frequently mentioned as a presidential contender in 2000, will speak Monday at Canisius College.

His 8 p.m. lecture, in the college's Cultural Center at Main Street and Eastwood Place, is free to the public.

A former Rhodes scholar who played professional basketball for the New York Knicks for 10 years, Bradley is retiring after three terms in the Senate -- but has said he will remain active in public life.

Known for his involvement in environmental issues, he led a successful fight in the Senate this year to block a bill that would have opened 20 million acres of canyons and plateaus in Utah to mining and development.

An honors graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in American history, Bradley was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University in England.

A three-time basketball All-American as an undergraduate, Bradley was captain of the U.S. basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1964 Olympics and played for the New York Knicks of the NBA.

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