BOYS HS BASKETBALL

Northeastern 77 Union County 70

Hagerstown 62 Lincoln 49

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Tennessee 72 Missouri 60

#2 Duke 80 Boston College 55

#5 Kentucky 76 South Carolina 48

#7 Michigan 77 Rutgers 65

#8 North Carolina 113 North Carolina State 96

Illinois 79 #9 Michigan State 74

St. John 70 #10 Marquette 69

Kansas State 74 #13 Kansas 67

#22 Florida State 80 Syracuse 62

Kent State 70 Miami Ohio 67

Toledo 63 Akron 52

Ball State 72 Northern Illinois 71

Bowling Green 85 Western Michigan 72

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Boston 103 Cleveland 96

Indiana 136 LA Lakers 94

LA Clippers 117 Charlotte 115

Detroit 105 New York 92

Toronto 119 Philadelphia 107

Oklahoma City 132 Orlando 122

Memphis 108 Minnesota 106

Miami 118 Portland 108

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 3 NY Islanders 1

Buffalo 5 Minnesota 4

St. Louis 3 Florida 2

Los Angeles 5 New Jersey 1

Carolina 4 Pittsburgh 0

Washington 3 Vancouver 2

Montréal 4 Anaheim 1

Vegas 3 Tampa Bay 2

Nashville 5 Arizona 2

San Jose 3 Winnipeg 2

Columbus 6 Colorado 3

Chicago 6 Edmonton 2

 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL REGIONAL PAIRINGS

CLASS 4A

LAPORTE

Penn [24-0] vs. Plymouth [20-5]

Kankakee Valley [20-4] vs. Crown Point [26-0]

 

KOKOMO

Hamilton Southeastern [23-1] vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne) [14-10]

Zionsville [18-8] vs. Homestead [24-3]

 

DECATUR CENTRAL

Lawrence North [19-6] vs. Mooresville [17-9]

Mount Vernon (Fortville) [20-5] vs. Ben Davis [16-8]

 

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE

Center Grove [22-3] vs. Bedford North Lawrence [22-5]

Castle [21-4] vs. Bloomington South [21-3]

 

CLASS 3A

RENSSELAER CENTRAL

Mishawaka Marian [21-3] vs. Knox [21-4]

Northwestern [23-3] vs. Gary West [20-7]

 

COLUMBIA CITY

New Castle [16-9] vs. Angola [20-6]

West Noble [18-5] vs. Marion [21-4]

 

DANVILLE

Benton Central [23-4] vs. Indianapolis Chatard [16-9]

Danville [20-5] vs. Northview [16-9]

 

CHARLESTOWN

Salem [22-3] vs. Greensburg [20-4]

Vincennes Lincoln [23-3] vs. Gibson Southern [23-3]

 

CLASS 2A

WINAMAC

Bluffton [13-11] vs. North Judson [21-3]

Bowman Academy [8-14] or Hammond Noll [20-6] vs. Central Noble [25-0]

 

EASTERN (GREENTOWN)

Monroe Central [19-5] vs. Tipton [20-5]

Oak Hill [21-3] vs. Lafayette Central Catholic [20-6]

 

SPEEDWAY

Covenant Christian [18-8] vs. Western Boone [16-9]

Triton Central [23-1] vs. Winchester [23-3]

 

PAOLI

Evansville Mater Dei [15-10] vs. South Ripley [18-7]

Eastern (Pekin) [20-6] vs. South Knox [16-11]

 

CLASS 1A

CASTON

Oregon-Davis [15-8] or South Central (Union Mills) [18-6] vs. Marquette Catholic [23-2]

Bethany Christian [14-9] or Fremont [15-8] vs. Pioneer [16-6]

 

TIPTON

North Vermillion [24-2] vs. Blue River [19-6]

Northfield [23-2] vs. Cowan [10-15]

 

SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)

North Central (Farmersburg) [16-8] vs. Greenwood Christian [16-10]

Jac-Cen-Del [21-5] vs. University [22-2]

 

SPRINGS VALLEY

Lanesville [18-6] vs. Vincennes Rivet [26-0]

West Washington [17-9] vs. Tecumseh [18-5]

 

 

COLLEGE SOFTBALL PRE-SEASON POLL

1 Florida State

2 UCLA

3 Washington

4 Oklahoma

5 Florida

6 Georgia

7 Arizona

8 Tennessee

9 Alabama

9 South Carolina

11 LSU

12 Arizona State

13 Kentucky

14 Arkansas

15 Louisiana

16 Texas

17 Auburn

18 Baylor

19 Michigan

20 Texas A&M

21 Minnesota

22 Oklahoma State

23 James Madison

24 Mississippi State

25 Oregon

Receiving Votes: Long Beach State (69), Notre Dame (40), Liberty (30), Texas State (23), Northwestern (22), Ohio State (15), Hofstra (15), Cal State Fullerton (13), Drake (12), California (10), Missouri (9), Florida Gulf Coast (7), Oregon State (7), Boise State (4), McNeese State (3), Wichita State (2), Tulsa (1), Houston (1), Longwood (1), Ole Miss (1), USF (1).

 

Pacers’ 3-point flurry buries Lakers in James’ worst loss

The Indiana Pacers have suddenly found a new winning combination.

Not even LeBron James could slow it down Tuesday night.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and the Pacers tied an NBA franchise-record by making 19 3-pointers in a 136-94 rout over the Los Angeles Lakers – the most lopsided loss James has endured in his 16-year career.

“They scored 33 points off our 19 turnovers and that was from the beginning of the game. We can’t play from behind like that,” James said. “I think it (the jet lag) hit us. That first game flying across the country looked like it had a lot to do with it, but we didn’t come out with the defensive mentality we had the last time we played them and they made us pay for it.”

Twice previously James’ teams had been blown out by 36: Against Washington in April 2008 and in the 2013 NBA Finals against San Antonio. But this was might go down as the most embarrassing of the three.

Indiana led wire-to-wire and never allowed the Lakers to get within single digits after the first basket of the second quarter despite playing without All-Star guard Victor Oladipo and on the tail end of a back-to-back following a four-game trip.

At one point, the Pacers led by 46.

And after James left with 2:06 remaining in the third quarter, coach Luke Walton wisely kept the four-time MVP him on the bench for the rest of the night.

James was not himself either after missing 17 of the previous 18 games with an injured groin. He missed three of his first five shots, was beaten three times early on defense and had five first-half turnovers before finishing with 18 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and six turnovers.

JaVale McGee added 16 as the Lakers lost for the sixth time in eight games amid the continuing swirl of trade rumors, something Pacers fans noted by repeatedly chanting “LeBron’s gonna trade you.”

“I know it has to be tough on a lot of our guys – especially our young guys,” James said. “They’ve just never been a part of it and they’re hearing it every single day. I know that the worst thing you could right now is be on social media and I know all young guys love social media. So, that definitely can’t help.”

The Pacers, meanwhile, remained focused on regrouping.

 

Westbrook’s 7th straight triple-double leads OKC past Magic

Russell Westbrook is on another one of those runs.

The dynamic point guard had 16 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds in his seventh straight triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic 132-122 on Tuesday night.

Westbrook matched the longest triple-double streak of his career with his 20th of the season and No. 124 overall. He is averaging 20.0 points, 13.2 rebounds and 14.4 assists during the streak, and the Thunder are 6-1 during that span.

With Westbrook leading the way, Oklahoma City is averaging 124.6 points in its last seven games.

“He is definitely the reason for that,” said Paul George, who scored 39 points against Orlando. “He is the reason we have had the highest (offensive) months in Thunder history. I cannot say enough for the credit he deserves for our offense being at the level it is at.”

Dennis Schroder scored 20 points and Jerami Grant had 19 to help the Thunder win for the eighth time in nine games.

Evan Fournier scored 25 points for the Magic, and Aaron Gordon added 18 points and 10 assists.

The Magic committed 29 fouls and had two players foul out. George made 15 of 16 free throws.

“Well, I think the biggest thing that I’ll watch on the film is the fouling,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “We’re on the road, we score 122 – and that’s with playing a really poor third quarter period. But I thought we played three good quarters, but we’re not disciplined enough when people are driving the ball.”

Orlando led 69-62 at halftime behind 15 points from Gordon and 58 percent shooting as a team. George scored 18 in the first half for the Thunder.

 

Illinois’ defense spurs 79-74 win over No. 9 Michigan State

Illinois coach Brad Underwood had tears in his eyes after his Illini upset Tom Izzo’s ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans.

“Michigan State is a great team, and Tom is a great coach,” Underwood said. “They’re everything I want to be.”

Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, and the Illini used its swarming defense to shock the Spartans. Illinois forced 24 turnovers by Michigan State, including 17 in the first half.

Fans stormed the court after the Illini dribbled out the final 9 seconds of the game.

“I mean, it’s just one of 20 (Big Ten games), I know,” Underwood said. “But man, it’s also more than that, you know? It feels like one of those defining moments, I think, where we found out who we are.”

Giorgi Bezhanishvili scored 16 for Illinois (8-15, 4-8 Big Ten), and Trent Frazier added 15 as the Illini handed the Spartans (18-5, 9-3) their third straight loss.

“I think that first half was as good a defensive effort as I have ever coached,” Underwood said. “It led to some really good offense for us.”

Cassius Winston led the Spartans with 21 points. Xavier Tillman added 16.

Izzo was steamed enough after the loss that he credited his team with four more turnovers than it actually committed.

“Illinois played hard. I’ll give them credit for half of the turnovers,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “But we had, what, 28 turnovers? Something like that. I mean, that’s completely ridiculous and that’s all on us.”

Illinois went 22 of 43 from the field (51.2 percent), while Michigan State hit 26 of 58 (44.8 percent).

Ponds lifts St. John’s past No. 10 Marquette 70-69

After No. 10 Marquette erased a 15-point deficit, St. John’s had the ball in the right spot in the closing seconds – Shamorie Ponds’ hands.

Ponds scored 28 points, including a go-ahead layup with 16 seconds left, to give St. John’s a 70-69 victory over the Golden Eagles on Tuesday night.

The loss ended an eight-game winning streak for the Golden Eagles and was their first defeat at their new home this season after 14 victories. Both of their conference losses have come against St. John’s.

“I was just trying to stay composed and not get sped up,” said Ponds, who had 13 of St. John’s final 14 points. “It was getting loud in there when they were making their run. I was just trying to slow the game down. We pretty much had a 15-point lead, they cut it and took the lead. You just try to stay composed and try to keep their crowd out of it.”

Marquette, which trailed 49-34 early in the second half, took a 69-68 lead on a 3-pointer from the right corner by Sacar Amin with 32 seconds left.

On the ensuing possession, Anim slipped, allowing Ponds to drive for the basket. Marquette’s Markus Howard missed an off-balance 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1.9 seconds left.

“I was just in attack mode and I got by him and I finished at the rim,” Ponds said. “I just didn’t feel him behind me, and I just tried to hurry and put it up because the shot-blocker was coming.”

Marvin Clark II was fouled on the rebound. He missed both free throws, including the second one on purpose. Sam Hauser rebounded for Marquette, but missed the desperation heave that harmlessly hit the bottom of the backboard.

Hauser scored 19 points and Howard 17 for Marquette (19-4, 8-2 Big East), which lost at St. John’s 89-69 on Jan. 1.

 

Brown, Sneed help Kansas State beat No. 13 Kansas, 74-67

Kamau Stokes trailed Cartier Diarra all the way to the basket, the senior guard watching right along with every Kansas State fan that squeezed into Bramlage Coliseum to see its showdown with Kansas.

He knew the springy sophomore guard would do something special.

With nobody else around him, Diarra elevated for an NBA-style windmill dunk, putting a highlight exclamation point on a 74-67 victory over the No. 13 Jayhawks on Tuesday night – one that snapped an eight-game skid against Kansas and consolidated the Wildcats’ lead atop the Big 12.

“I mean, this is our first time beating Kansas since we’ve been here,” Stokes said with a broad grin, “so it definitely means a lot for us. Staying first in the Big 12, that means a lot. So we just have to keep this momentum going.”

Barry Brown scored 18 points, Xavier Sneed added 14 and Dean Wade had 12 for the Wildcats (17-5, 7-2), who dropped the Jayhawks (17-6, 6-4) to 1-6 in true road games this season.

“Just a big-time win for us, the seniors,” Brown said, “and our teammates. It was a game we knew we wanted to win, not just for our seniors but for everyone – our fans, ourselves.”

Dedric Lawson led the Jayhawks with 18 points and nine rebounds, but the league’s leading scorer was just 6 of 15 from the floor. He also took such a physical beating in the old-school Big 12 showdown that he limped to the bench at one point in the second half.

Devon Dotson added 13 points before fouling out. The freshman also committed four of the Jayhawks 23 turnovers, continuing what has been a season-long issue with ball-handling on the road.

They’re averaging 17 per game in their six losses.

 

No. 1 Tennessee beats Missouri 72-60 for 17th straight win

Tennessee has matched the longest winning streak of Rick Barnes’ 32-year head coaching career.

Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams scored 13 points each as the top-ranked Volunteers defeated Missouri 72-60 on Tuesday night to earn their 17th straight victory, extending a school record. Barnes’ only other 17-game winning streak came in 2009-10 at Texas.

“You’ve got to give these guys credit,” Barnes said. “They’ve done the work, put it in. Now we’re getting toward the end of the regular season, we’re halfway through the conference season, I guess. It’s only going to get tougher, and I think we know that.”

The Vols (21-1, 9-0 SEC) want to make sure the similarities to that Texas team end there. That 2009-10 Texas squad started 17-0 and earned a No. 1 ranking but finished 24-10 with a first-round NCAA Tournament loss.

Tennessee extended the longest active Division I winning streak by spoiling Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin’s return to Knoxville.

Martin coached Tennessee to a 63-41 record from 2011-14 but never completely won over the fan base. He left for California after leading the Vols to an NCAA regional semifinal appearance, turning down an offer of a raise and an extension.

Although Martin had split two meetings with Tennessee since taking over Missouri’s program in 2017, neither of those games was in Knoxville. Before the opening tip, a “Thank You Cuonzo: Welcome Back to Rocky Top” message appeared on the video board.

“It felt good,” Martin said. “A lot of good relationships, and I’ve maintained those. You try to keep it within a game, but it was good emotions for me. It really was.”

Jordan Bowden had 12 points and Jordan Bone added 11 for Tennessee. Bone also had seven assists.

 

What a (familiar) feeling: Boston fetes Super Bowl winners

Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title, clamoring for more with cheers of “We want seven!” and “Next year, right here!”

A party atmosphere enveloped the city as fans clad in team garb packed sidewalks in the mild weather and stood on tiptoe for a glimpse of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the team. Red, white and blue confetti rained down.

It’s a familiar feeling in Boston. The parade came just four months after the city feted the Red Sox for their fourth World Series championship in 15 years.

“Getting to see Tom Brady again is always a special day, but the Patriots are amazing. Six-time champs,” fan Lauren Mills said, adding that she still hasn’t had her fill. Her message to Brady: “Go for No. 7. He still has how many fingers left? You know, four more rings to go.”

Fresh from Sunday’s 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl in Atlanta, team members and their families took a 2-mile (3-kilometer) swing through the city aboard Boston’s iconic World War II-era amphibious “duck boats.”

Brady held his pigtailed daughter, Vivian, and they waved and grinned at the crowd as players and team owner Robert Kraft took turns holding aloft the Lombardi Trophy. Belichick and his partner, Linda Holliday, beamed, and the storied coach doffed his cap.

Star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has talked about retiring after this latest NFL title, whooped it up with his brothers and father. He and several other players removed their shirts and spent much of the parade cavorting bare-chested.

They waved large signs that read, “We Got Everything” – a twist on the Patriots’ motivational hashtag, “Everything We Got,” that had become a theme this season.

 

Wizards’ John Wall needs Achilles surgery; out another year

Already done for this season after one operation, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall now will miss most – if not all – of next season, too, because he needs surgery on his left Achilles tendon, which he tore in a fall at home.

Wizards team doctor Wiemi Douoguih said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters that he discovered the partial rupture of the tendon during a procedure done Monday to address an infection from the operation on Wall’s left heel on Jan. 8.

The 28-year-old Wall’s Achilles surgery has not been scheduled yet. Douoguih said it probably will be next week.

Wall, whose game is built around his speed and ability to drive to the basket, is expected to be able to return to what the team called “full basketball activities” about a year after that operation. Douoguih estimated the recovery range for Wall’s injury, “at John’s age,” to be from 11 to 15 months.

There is no way to know what sort of player Wall will be when he returns, Douoguih said.

“Unfortunately,” he added, “we don’t have a lot of data on elite NBA point guards with tendon ruptures.”

Douoguih said Wall was not wearing his walking boot – which is OK while at home – when he slipped and tumbled on Jan. 29.

“He never heard a pop,” Douoguih said. “He had a slight increase in discomfort.”

So the Achilles problem wasn’t known until Monday.

 

‘I’m too old for this’: Vonn crashes in her penultimate race

One of the hallmarks of Lindsey Vonn’s career has been the way she bounces back from major crashes time and time again.

So perhaps it’s fitting that the most successful female skier of all time will enter her last race before retiring following yet another tumble into the safety netting.

Vonn straddled a gate mid-air during the super-G at the world championships Tuesday and ended up sliding down the hill face first.

“I’ve got a bit of a shiner. I feel like I’ve been hit by an 18-wheeler, but other than that I’m great,” Vonn said with a laugh. “My knees are the same as they were before the race. I think my neck’s going to be sore. I got the wind knocked out of me, my ribs are oddly sore. It’ll be fine. Sunday will be great.”

Vonn quickly got up after the fall and skied down the hill under her own power after being tended to by medical personnel. Then she sat and happily answered reporters’ questions during a half-hour news conference.

The 34-year-old Vonn, the all-time leader in women’s World Cup wins, announced last week that she will retire after racing the super-G and downhill at the worlds – meaning that Sunday’s downhill is her final race.

“Don’t count me out,” Vonn said. “I’ve got one more chance. Maybe I’ll pull off a miracle, maybe I won’t. … I’m going to try my hardest. Just because I get knocked down, it doesn’t mean I don’t get back up.”

Vonn’s long history of crashes has included frightful falls at the 2006 Turin Olympics and 2013 worlds and injuries to virtually every part of her body – from a concussion to a sliced thumb to a bruised shin. But she has always bounced back by winning titles and medals.

 

Lynx star Maya Moore to skip ’19 WNBA season

Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore has decided to skip the upcoming WNBA season.

Moore announced Tuesday on The Players’ Tribune website that she’ll sit out in 2019. She already took the fall and winter off from international competition. The five-time first-team All-WNBA honoree has helped the Lynx win four championships since her rookie year, 2011.

Last season was only the second time since Moore was drafted first overall that the Lynx didn’t reach the WNBA Finals. Moore was eighth in the league in minutes and seventh in points in 2018. She has missed one game in eight seasons, with career averages of 18.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

The Lynx, who have lost point guard Lindsay Whalen to retirement, start their season May 25 against Chicago.

 

Sandusky gets new sentencing but loses request for new trial

Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial Tuesday but a Pennsylvania appeals court ordered him to be re-sentenced for a 45-count child molestation conviction.

The former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced in 2012 to 30 to 60 years, but a Superior Court panel said that included the improper application of mandatory minimums.

In a 119-page opinion , the appeals panel struck down argument after argument that lawyers for Sandusky, 75, had made in seeking a new trial.

His defense lawyer, Al Lindsay, said he was disappointed but will ask the state’s highest court to reconsider.

Lindsay said he was unsure if the new sentencing is likely to result in a substantially different sentence.

“I suppose it depends on the judge and what happens before the sentencing and after the sentencing,” Lindsay said.

The U.S. Supreme Court has indicated that jurors must consider anything that could result in a longer sentence, and such elements must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. A judge, not jury, sentenced Sandusky.

The state attorney general’s office said it was pleased that Sandusky’s convictions remained intact.

“The Superior Court has agreed with our office that it was proper for the court below to reject Sandusky’s claims,” said Joe Grace, a spokesman for the prosecutors. “We look forward to appearing for the new sentencing proceedings and arguing to the court as to why this convicted sex offender should remain behind bars for a long time.”

Victims testified at his trial that Sandusky subjected them to a range of abuse, from grooming to violent sexual attacks. Sandusky has consistently maintained his innocence.

 

Barca optimistic about Messi, Madrid all fit for Copa semi

While Lionel Messi gave Barcelona reason to feel optimistic about his ability to play in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semifinal, Real Madrid’s main concern is who to leave out for the “Clasico” game.

Messi returned to training on Tuesday and was included in the squad for the first-leg match at Camp Nou Stadium, although it was still unclear whether he had fully recovered from a right leg injury.

“The most important thing is for the player to tell you that he is ready,” coach Ernesto Valverde said. “Regardless of what the tests show and what the doctors say, if the player doesn’t feel he is ready, you can’t let him play.”

Messi showed no signs he was bothered by the injury during the opening few minutes of the training session, which were open to media, as players warmed up and played keep-away.

However, Valverde said he will not take any risks with Messi or any other player.

“If it was the last match tomorrow, than it would be different,” he said.

Barcelona has kept quiet about the full extent of Messi’s injury since he was hurt in a Spanish league match on Saturday.

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said the uncertainty about Messi wasn’t affecting his team’s preparations.

“It’s always good to have the best players playing in every match,” he said. “Whether he plays or not, it’s not going to influence how we prepare for the game.”

Madrid arrives for the match at Camp Nou enjoying its best period of the season and with nearly all of its players available. Solari has all of his best forwards, including an in-form Karim Benzema, the quickly maturing Vinicius Junior, and a fully fit Gareth Bale.

 

 

Ex-QB Vince Young arrested on drunken-driving charge

Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young is free on bond after he was arrested on a drunken driving charge.

In a statement, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office says the former Texas Longhorns star was arrested about 4:30 a.m. Monday in the Missouri City area of suburban Houston. The six-year NFL veteran, who lists a Missouri City address as his residence, was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and released after posting a $500 cash bond.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Hanel told the Houston Chronicle that “the deputy noticed slurred speech and a strong smell of alcoholic beverage.” He also said Young “flunked every sobriety test they gave to him.”

Young served 18 months’ probation after pleading no contest in January 2017 to driving drunk in Austin.

 

Francois’ uncle says QB has entered name in transfer portal

Deondre Francois’ uncle said the former Florida State starting quarterback has entered his name in the NCAA transfer database and hopes to play again after “a couple of bad decisions.”

Putting his name on the list allows other schools to contact Francois, who was dismissed by the Seminoles on Sunday by coach Willie Taggart after a social media post included audio of an alleged argument between the quarterback and his girlfriend.

Pat Julmiste, Francois’ uncle, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the audio is old, that his nephew is no longer dating the woman and that no incident occurred last weekend.

“I just want people to know that the image painted on Deondre is not him,” Julmiste said. “He’s a great kid. He made a couple of bad decisions that affected him big time. He’s not a womanizer. He’s not a woman beater.”

In January 2018, Francois was investigated for a domestic dispute with his girlfriend but no arrest was made. A month later, Francois was investigated and local police seized 17 grams of a marijuana/tobacco mixture from his bedroom. That investigation ended with Francois entering a diversion program.

Francois was the Seminoles’ starting quarterback last season, completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 2,731 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions but the Seminoles struggled in Taggart’s first year and finished 5-7. He was also Florida State’s starter in 2016 and in the 2017 season opener before he suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Taggart had frequently defended Francois, praising him for making changes and showing improved leadership. But on Sunday he dismissed Francois.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY- FEBRUARY 6, 1993

NEW YORK – Arthur Ashe, a tennis champion who spent his years in the sport fighting discrimination and then spent the final year of his life seeking to broaden public awareness on the subject of AIDS, died today. He was 49. A New York Hospital administrator, Judith Lilavois, said Ashe died at 3:13 p.m. of pneumonia, a complication of AIDS. He was admitted to the hospital two days ago. “An additional statement will come from his family and the hospital tomorrow,” she said.

Ashe was the only black man to win Wimbledon and the United States and Australian Opens. Militant in his conviction but mild in his manner, this slim, bookish and bespectacled athlete never thought himself a rebel and preferred information to insurrection. Since he believed his singular success carried inherent responsibilities, Ashe, during his decade-long professional tennis career and beyond it, dedicated himself to dismantling the barriers of poverty, privilege, racism and social stereotyping. Even the fact of his own mortality became a cause célèbre, and Ashe, in the headlines again, conducted his final campaign against the ravages of AIDS.

Ashe, who said he believed he contracted H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, through a transfusion of tainted blood during his second round of heart-bypass surgery in 1983, first learned of his infection after he entered New York Hospital for emergency brain surgery in September 1988. He was hospitalized after he suffered paralysis of his right arm, the one that served up 26 aces the day he became the 1968 United States Open champion. The surgery and a subsequent biopsy revealed the presence of toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection linked to AIDS.

In recent weeks, Ashe had been hospitalized with pneumocystis pneumonia, according to an AIDS researcher. Two weeks ago he stayed in Manhattan, where he lived, rather than travel to Boston to receive an award. He appeared short of breath in a videotape that he made to be shown in the place of his appearance. But Ashe was as passionate as ever, speaking of a visit to South Africa he had made and how a young boy had told him that he was the first free black man he had ever seen.

Ashe chose not to publicize his condition, preferring to protect his family’s privacy and being well aware of the inevitable demands such a disclosure would place on a man of his celebrity. He did not disclose his condition until April 8, 1992, and then only after being told that USA Today intended to publish an article about his illness as soon as it could confirm it. But after making his public admission, Ashe spent the rest of his days campaigning for public awareness, including a speech on the floor of the United Nations on World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

When he made his reluctant admission, Ashe said: “I have good days and bad days. My ratio of good days to bad days is about six to one. I don’t think anybody in my stage of this would be able to go through with no bad days. But I didn’t want to go public now because I am not sick.” Sick, in Ashe’s terminology, meant being bedridden and nonfunctional. As an avid golfer, prominent speaker, occasional columnist for The Washington Post, television commentator for HBO and ABC Sports, author of a three-volume history of the black athlete in America, and a noted participant in countless civic projects and protests, Ashe hardly went into retreat in the four years that followed his AIDS diagnosis.

 

1926 – NFL rules college students ineligible until graduate college classes.

1932 – First Olympics dog sled race, in Lake Placid, New York (demonstration sport).

1934 – Cincinnati Reds purchases 43-year-old Dazzy Vance from the Saint Louis Cardinals for $7,500.

1936 – (to February 16) The IV Olympic Winter Games are held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

1941 – Auke Adema win 6th official Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race (9:19).

1947 – Compton and Arthur Morris both complete dual tons in same Test Cricket.

1948 – Donald Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia.

1953 – Ian Craig makes Test Cricket debut at age 17 years 239 days, youngest Aussie.

1958 – Seven soccer players of Manchester United die in an air crash at Munich, Germany.

1958 – Ted Williams signs with Boston Red Sox for US$135,000, making him highest paid.

1967 – Heavyweight Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) TKOs Ernie Terrell in 15 rounds in Houston, Texas, USA for heavyweight boxing title.

1968 – (to February 18) The X Olympic Winter Games are held in Grenoble, France.

1968 – Former US President Dwight Eisenhower shoots a hole-in-one in golf.

1970 – Graeme Pollock completes 274 versus Australia at Durban.

1970 – NBA expands to 18 teams with Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston and Portland.

1971 – First time a golf ball is hit on the Moon (by Alan Shepard).

1973 – 6th ABA All-Star Game: West 123 beats East 111 at Utah.

1973 – Bernice Fekete skips her curling rink to second straight 8-ender, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

1974 – Third time Texas Rangers shut-out New York Islanders 6-0.

1977 – 4th time New York Rangers shut-out New York Islanders 4-0.

1981 – Suleiman Nyambui runs world record 5k indoor (13:20.4).

1983 – 13th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-19.

1983 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.

1986 – New Jersey Devils’ Peter McNab becomes the 42nd NHL player to score 350 goals.

1987 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary.

1990 – Brett Hull becomes first son of NHL 50 goal scorer (Bobby) to score 50.

1990 – Ground breaking begins on Baltimore Orioles’ new $102 million stadium.

1991 – Mousey Davis becomes the first coach of the New York-New Jersey Knights.

1993 – 44th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 16-6 at Montréal.

1993 – Riddick Bowe TKOs Michael Dokes in one round for heavyweight boxing title.

1994 – Dawn Coe-Jones win LPGA Healthsouth Palm Beach Golf Classic.

1994 – Leonid Voloshin triple jumps world record 17.77 metres.

1994 – NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 17-3.

1995 – Darryl Strawberry suspended from baseball for 60 days.

1995 – Greg Blewett scores his second century in his second Test Cricket.

1998 – Minnesota Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to New York Yankees for $3 million and four minor league players.

2005 – Super Bowl XXXIX: The New England Patriots win their second consecutive Super Bowl title, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1921      The New York American League franchise announces the purchase of a ten-acre plot of land for $675,000, from the estate of William Waldorf Astor, will be used as the future site of Yankee Stadium. The club’s new ballpark, located on the west side of the Bronx, will sit directly across the Harlem River from the Polo Grounds, the team’s current home for the past ten years as tenants to the Giants.

1934      Ford Frick, a New York news reporter and broadcaster, is named the National League’s public relations director. In November, the DePauw University graduate will be elected as the president of the Senior Circuit, succeeding John A. Heydler, who resigns due to poor health.

1935      Cardinal right-hander Dizzy Dean, who posted a 20-18 record last season for the Gashouse Gang, becomes a holdout when the team refuses to meet his demand for a yearly salary of $25,000. The 23 year-old future Hall of Famer will quickly come to terms with the Redbirds, signing for $19,500 the following day.

1956      Dodger owner Walter O’Malley, showing his support for the Wagner-Cashmore plan to build a $30-million downtown Brooklyn sports center, promises to buy four million dollars-worth of bonds for the project. The proposed legislation, which will be passed and signed by New York Governor Averill Harriman in April, becomes irrelevant due to a lack of funding from the city’s Board of Estimates.

1958      The Red Sox sign Ted Williams for $135,000, making him the highest paid player in major league history. The 39 year-old outfielder, starting his 18th season with the club, led the major leagues with a .388 batting average last year.

1962      The Phillies announce the team will retire Robin Roberts’ uniform number 36 when his new club, the Yankees, visits Clearwater to play Philadelphia in a March spring exhibition game. It will mark the first time that a uniform number has been retired in the 79-year history of the franchise.

1986      The Yankees sign free-agent Al Holland, a well-traveled reliever who saved five games for three different teams last season. The one-year contract has a clause that requires the 33 year-old southpaw, one of the players granted immunity in exchange for their testimony in the last year’s Pittsburgh cocaine trials, to submit to drug tests.

2006      Angels free-agent Bengie Molina (.295, 15, 69) and the Blue Jays come to terms on a $5 million, one-year deal with a $7.5 million mutual option for 2007 with a $500,000 buyout clause. Along with starter A.J. Burnett and closer B.J. Ryan, third baseman Troy Glaus, and first baseman Lyle Overbay, the 31 year-old Gold Glove catcher becomes the latest blue chip to join Toronto during the off-season.

2008      The Rangers hire Nolan Ryan as team president during a pivotal point in club history, according to club president Tom Hicks. The 61 year-old Hall of Fame hurler, who retired with the Rangers in 1993 after playing a record 27 major league seasons, is introduced at The Ballpark in Arlington with much fanfare, including a video highlight package featuring many of the right-hander’s milestones.

2010      After Seattle declined to offer him salary arbitration, free-agent Erik Bedard agrees to stay a part of the Mariners’ pitching rotation, inking a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2011. The 30 year-old oft-injured southpaw, who is rehabilitating after surgery on his pitching shoulder last August, will not have to continue in his disappointing role as the ace of the team with the off-season trade for Cliff Lee and the emergence of Felix Hernandez.

2012      An arbitration panel rules in favor of 27 year-old Anibal Sanchez (8-9, 3.67), awarding the Marlin right-hander with a record-breaking $8 million salary for this season. The decision, which puts aside the team’s counteroffer of $6.9 million, represents the largest amount ever given to a starting pitcher who went to arbitration.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1895 – Birth of George Herman Ruth AKA Babe Ruth in Baltimore, Maryland, USA; baseball player (Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, record 714 home runs).

1903 – Birth of John Dunning; cricket player (New Zealand medium-fast bowler of 1930s).

1910 – Birth of George H Poyser; English soccer player/manager (Brentford).

1911 – Birth of A W “Dooley” Briscoe; cricket player (batted in two Tests for South Africa 1930s).

1919 – Birth of Lindsay Tuckett; cricket player (son of Len, 9 Tests for South Africa 1947-49).

1924 – Birth of Billy W William; Ambrose right soccer star.

1927 – Birth of Smokey Burgess; American baseball catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates).

1929 – Birth of Sixten Jernberg in Sweden; skier (Olympics-gold-1956, 1960, 1964).

1931 – Birth of Freddie Trueman; cricket player (“Fiery Fred”, 307 wickets for England).

1940 – Birth of Jimmy Tarbuck; English comic/golfer.

1947 – Birth of Charles Hickcox; American 200-metre/400-metre medley swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1968).

1949 – Birth of Manuel Orantes; tennis champion (US Open-1975).

1952 – Birth of Richard Charsworth; Australian women field hockey head coach (Olympics-1996).

1953 – Birth of Susie Hutchison in Flintridge, California, USA; equestrian show jumper (Olympics-1996).

1958 – Birth of Kelly Leadbetter in Phoenix, Arizona, USA; LPGA golfer (1986 Hennessy French Open).

1958 – Birth of Mark Hamilton in Louisville, Kentucky, USA; sprint kayak Olympics-1996).

1958 – Birth of Simon Baker; Australian speed walker, (Olympics-1984, 1988, 1996).

1963 – Birth of David Capel, cricket player (England all-rounder in 15 Tests 1987-90).

1963 – Birth of Mike Hough in Montréal, Quebec, Canada; NHL left wing (Florida Panthers).

1964 – Birth of Matt Hayes; Australian soling yachtsman (Olympics-1996).

1966 – Birth of Tom Tupa; NFL punter/quarterback (Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots).

1967 – Birth of Bennie Dekker; Dutch soccer player (NEC/AZ/De Graafschap).

1967 – Birth of Mike Evans; WLAF defensive tackle (Amsterdam Admirals).

1967 – Birth of Randy Hilliard; NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32).

1968 – Birth of Imtiaz Abbasi in United Arab Emirates; cricket wicket-keeper (World Cup 1996).

1968 – Birth of Malika Mahfoud in Copenhagen, Denmark; golfer (Gippsland Ladies Amateur).

1968 – Birth of Richard Newbill; WLAF linebacker (London Monarchs).

1969 – Birth of Anna Acker-Macosko in Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA; LPGA golfer (1995 Gold Coast Tour).

1969 – Birth of Bob Wickman in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; pitcher (Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees).

1969 – Birth of Greg Patrick; WLAF safety (Frankfurt Galaxy).

1969 – Birth of James Jones; NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens).

1969 – Birth of Kurt Abbott; US baseball player (Florida Marlins).

1969 – Birth of Rajindra Dhanraj in Trinidad; cricket leg-spinner (West Indies 1994-95).

1970 – Birth of Jeff Rouse; American 50 metre/100 metre backstroke swimmer (Olympics-gold/silver-1992, 1996).

1970 – Birth of Mark Hutton in Adelaide, Australia; pitcher (New York Yankees).

1971 – Birth of Brad Hogg; cricket player (Western Australia chinaman all-rounder, Australia versus India 1996).

1971 – Birth of Carlos Rogers; NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors).

1971 – Birth of Lance Bade in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; US double trap (Olympics-bronze-1996).

1971 – Birth of Mana Endo in Hiroshima, Japan; tennis star (1996 third round Australian Open).

1971 – Birth of Peter Tchernyshev in Saint Petersburg, Russia; dance skater (and Naomi Lang).

1972 – Birth of David Binn; NFL safety (San Diego Chargers).

1972 – Birth of Mark Labbrook; Australian 200 metre/400 metre runner (Olympics-1996).

1972 – Birth of Shawn Respert; NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors).

1973 – Birth of Arie Obdam; Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam).

1973 – Birth of Fred Miller; tackle (Saint Louis Rams).

1973 – Birth of Lulama Masikazana; cricket wicket-keeper (Kwazulu for E Province).

1974 – Birth of Nathan Davis; defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons).

1974 – Birth of Olaf Lindenbergh; soccer player (Ajax, De Graafschap).

1975 – Birth of Chad Allen in Dallas, Texas, USA; baseball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-1996).

1975 – Birth of Leo Insam; hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998).

1976 – Birth of Kim Zmeskal in Houston, Texas; US gymnast (Olympics-1992).

1983 – Birth of Sreesanth; Indian cricket player.

1984 – Birth of Darren Bent, English football player.