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Olympic Track & field
First black woman to win gold dies
ALBANY, Ga. – The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died at age 90 in south Georgia.
Davis’s daughter, Evelyn Jones, said her mother died early yesterday morning in Albany.
Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London. She was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Davis attended Tuskegee University and won 25 national track and field championships – including 10 consecutive high jump titles.
She was the only American woman to win a gold medal at the 1946 games, and retired at age 25 after winning Olympic gold.
Marshall extends Holliday’s contract
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall extended the contract of football Coach Doc Holliday two years and raised the payouts for the incentives in the deal.
Athletic Director Mike Hamrick announced yesterday that Holliday’s contract now runs through the 2017 season.
Holliday is 27-24 at Marshall and coming off a 10-4 season. His base salary of $600,000 will stay the same, but his new deal increases his incentives to a total of $145,000 if they are reached.
Holliday will receive a $30,000 bonus for conference championships and $30,000 for each bowl appearance, both an increase of $10,000 over his previous contract.
Koukalova advances at Istanbul Cup
ISTANBUL – Klara Koukalova survived a first-round scare at the Istanbul Cup to defeat Donna Vekic of Croatia in three sets, winning 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 yesterday.
The third-seeded Czech was joined in the second round at the 64-court Koza World of Sport Complex by fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine who beat Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
In another three-set match, seventh-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia defeated Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays Swiss Belinda Bencic today.
Min upsets Pavlyuchenkova
BASTAD, Sweden – Grace Min of the United States upset second-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round of the Swedish Open yesterday.
The 20-year-old Min, who reached her first WTA semifinal in Bad Gastein last week, beat the 23rd-ranked Russian, 6-0, 6-4, after trailing 4-2 in the second set.
Jana Cepelova from Slovakia defeated Swedish wild card Rebecca Peterson, 6-4, 6-4, while Irina-Camelia Begu from Romania retired at 4-2 down in the second after losing the opener 6-4 to Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena.
Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa also made it through after beating Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia, 6-3, 6-4.
Fox replaces Oliver with Andrews
LOS ANGELES – Fox Sports said longtime reporter Pam Oliver is being “elevated” to senior correspondent and Erin Andrews will take her place as the sideline reporter for the network’s top NFL announcing team.
Fox Sports President Eric Shanks said Oliver will continue to work as sideline reporter this season with the announcing team of Kevin Burkhardt and analyst John Lynch.
Oliver’s role will expand to include interviews and commentary on other Fox and Fox Sports 1 shows, such as Fox Sports Live and Fox Sports 1 on 1 and sports beyond the NFL.
Oliver has worked 19 seasons as an NFL sideline reporter for Fox.
Andrews will take over as the sideline reporter for Fox’s top NFL team of Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman.
U.S. chooses 19 players for roster
Coach Mike Krzyzewski hopes Derrick Rose’s NBA comeback begins in a USA uniform.
Even if Rose isn’t ready, the Americans have plenty of talent for another run at a world championship.
Rose and four returnees from the 2012 Olympic men’s basketball champions were among the 19 players selected yesterday for this summer’s U.S. national team roster.
Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis were the four holdovers from London, and there were new additions of Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons, who is leaving Houston for Dallas.
Players will report to training camp this month in Las Vegas, where Rose will try to show he’s recovered from his latest knee surgery.
The rest of the roster: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (Golden State), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Paul George (Indiana), Damian Lillard (Portland), Gordon Hayward (Utah), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Bradley Beal (Washington), Andre Drummond (Detroit), Kenneth Faried (Denver) and Kyle Korver (Atlanta).
Dineen hired by Blackhawks
CHICAGO – Kevin Dineen, who coached Canada’s women’s hockey team to a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics, is returning to the NHL as an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Dineen was head coach of the Florida Panthers for two-plus seasons before being fired last fall.
In addition to winning gold in Sochi, the 50-year-old led Canada’s under-18 men’s team to a bronze medal at the world championship in Finland in April.
Dineen was teammates with Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville from 1984 to 1990 when they played for the Hartford Whalers.
Dineen replaces Jamie Kompon, who became general manager and coach of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks.