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Hall of Fame coach Ramsay dies at 89
MIAMI – Hall of Fame basketball coach Jack Ramsay died. He was 89.
His death was announced yesterday by ESPN. Ramsay worked as a broadcaster at the network until last season. No cause of death was immediately given, though Ramsay had battled cancer for many years and was placed in hospice care late last week.
Ramsay, known as “Dr. Jack” throughout the league, coached in the NBA for parts of 21 seasons, including leading Portland to the 1977 NBA title. He then began a long career as one of the league’s most revered radio and television analysts.
Ramsay also was an accomplished college coach at Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia, taking the Hawks to the 1961 Final Four.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete early yesterday.
Report: Nats’ Harper out until July with bad thumb
WASHINGTON – Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper reportedly is going to be sidelined at least until July because of surgery on his left thumb.
ESPN.com said Harper will have the operation today.
The Nationals didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Washington put Harper on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, saying he had a sprained left thumb. He was hurt Friday night on a headfirst slide into third base on a triple against San Diego.
The 21-year-old Harper is a two-time All-Star. He is hitting .289 with one home run and nine RBIs this season.
Astros trade RHP Harrell to Arizona
HOUSTON – The Houston Astros traded right-hander Lucas Harrell to the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash or a player to be named later.
Harrell was designated for assignment on April 16 after opening the season 0-3 with a 9.49 ERA. The terrible start to the season stretched his losing streak to eight straight decisions and he has not won a start since June 15. He led the American League last season with 17 losses.
He cleared waivers on April 22 and was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The 28-year-old Harrell, who has been both a starter and a reliever, is 18-33 with a 4.84 ERA in 88 career games with 62 starts.
Rams exercise option on Quinn’s contract
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Rams exercised the fifth-year contract option on All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn, keeping one of the NFL’s top pass rushers in the fold through 2015.
Quinn set a franchise record with 19 sacks last season, second most in the NFL. He has 29.5 sacks the last two seasons, also the second-highest total in the league in that span.
Quinn was a first-round pick in 2011 out of North Carolina and was also a first-time Pro Bowl selection last year.
As part of the CBA, all first-round draft picks get four-year contracts with a fifth-year option for the team that must be picked up after the player’s third season. The deadline to exercise the option is Saturday.
Bears WR Morgan charged with assault in DC
WASHINGTON – Chicago Bears wide receiver Josh Morgan was arrested and charged with punching a man outside a Washington nightclub.
DC police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf confirmed last night that a man named Josh Morgan was arrested early Sunday and charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor. The Bears said they are aware of “Josh Morgan’s presence at a weekend incident in Washington, D.C.,” and are gathering information.
Morgan agreed to a one-year contract with Chicago last week. He played for Washington for each of the previous two seasons.
Morgan told WRC-TV in Washington that he didn’t touch the man. The TV station also reported that Morgan was issued a citation to appear in court.
Former Browns star Kosar pleads to lesser charge
CLEVELAND – Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar pleaded no contest to a lesser charge after blaming knee and ankle surgeries for not performing a field sobriety test during a traffic stop last year.
Kosar had been charged with drunken-driving in September, but yesterday he entered a plea to reckless operation and received a fine and suspended jail sentence.
Police said officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol when Kosar was pulled over in Solon, in suburban Cleveland.
Kosar’s attorney said they’re pleased with how the case was resolved.
Kosar has publicly talked about how head injuries suffered during his NFL career have affected his speech, making him sometimes slur his words.
The Browns last week said Kosar was being removed as a color commentator for preseason games.
Missouri names Kim Anderson men’s basketball coach
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri has hired Central Missouri’s Kim Anderson, a former star player and longtime aide to Norm Stewart, as its men’s basketball coach.
The decision yesterday came shortly after the school’s board of curators met in Columbia, Mo. A news conference to introduce Anderson was set for this morning.
The 58-year-old Anderson won a Division II championship at Central Missouri this season.
Former UCLA coach Ben Howland also had been believed to be a finalist for the job. Frank Haith left for Tulsa earlier this month after three seasons.
Delbonis beats Davydenko at BMW Open
MUNICH – Federico Delbonis of Argentina beat two-time champion Nikolay Davydenko, 6-2, 7-6 (4) yesterday to reach the second round of the BMW Open.
The 44th-ranked Delbonis never faced a break point and broke the Russian twice in the first set to take control of the match.
German wild-card entry Dustin Brown also advanced by ousting big-serving Ivo Karlovic, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) in a match that saw no breaks of serve and only one break point for each player.
Brown will play top-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy in the second round.
In yesterday’s other matches, Alejandro Falla of Colombia defeated Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, 6-2, 6-1, and Marinko Matosevic of Australia advanced when Michal Przysiezny of Poland retired when leading 6-2, 5-6.