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Hall of Fame coach, player Sharman dies at 87

LOS ANGELES – Bill Sharman, the Hall of Famer who won NBA titles as a player for the Boston Celtics and a coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 87.

Sharman died yesterday at his home in Redondo Beach, the Lakers announced.

Sharman’s unique basketball career spanned both sides of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry.

He won four NBA titles during an 11-season career as a shooting guard in Boston. Sharman then spent the past four decades with Los Angeles as a successful coach and front office executive.

Sharman coached the 1971-72 Lakers to a championship with 69 victories and a 33-game winning streak, the longest in pro sports history.

Sharman was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1976 and a coach in 2004.


Chiefs wide receiver Bowe hurts groin in workout

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Cleveland Browns after straining his groin in practice this week.

Coach Andy Reid said yesterday that Bowe hurt the groin near the end of Thursday’s practice. The former Pro Bowl wide receiver did not participate in yesterday’s workout.

Bowe, who signed, a five-year, $56 million contract in the offseason, has struggled to get involved in the Chiefs’ unbeaten start. He’s second on the team with 25 catches, but he has just 295 yards receiving and two touchdown grabs in his first seven games.

Reid indicated that Bowe will be a game-time decision tomorrow.


Broncos’ Bailey ruled out for tomorrow

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey missed practice again yesterday with an injured left foot and will not play against Washington.

The 15th-year veteran reinjured the foot in last week’s loss to Indianapolis. That was his second game back after missing the first five with the injury.

On Monday, Coach John Fox called Bailey’s status “week-to-week,” suggesting Bailey might not be available again until after Denver’s bye, Nov. 3.


Former Lions first-round pick Rogers dead at 49

SEATTLE – Reggie Rogers, the former University of Washington and Detroit Lions defensive lineman who served time in prison in Michigan for killing three teenagers in a drunken car crash, has died. He was 49.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said yesterday that Rogers died Thursday. Medical examiners didn’t have an immediate cause of death, saying they are waiting for toxicology reports.

Also a basketball player at Washington, Rogers was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Lions in 1987. After the October 1988 car crash, he was found to have a blood-alcohol level more than two times the legal limit, was convicted of negligent homicide and spent a year in prison. He played only 11 games in his two-year career in Detroit, and played two games for Buffalo in 1991 and two for Tampa Bay in 1992.

Rogers’s older brother, Don, followed a similar path from college stardom to the NFL to tragedy. Don Rogers died of a heart attack linked to drug use in 1986.


Istanbul semis: Li vs. Kvitova and Serena vs. Jankovic

ISTANBUL — Li Na reached the semifinals of the WTA Championships with a 6-2, 6-1 victory yesterday over Victoria Azarenka, who was wincing in pain from a back injury that brought her to tears.

The fourth-seeded Li will play 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who rallied past Angelique Kerber ,6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3, in the season-ending tournament that features the top eight players in the world.

Defending champion Serena Williams will play Jelena Jankovic in the semifinal today. Williams, who swept her group on Thursday, has a 7-4 career edge over Jankovic.

Azarenka’s loss meant Jankovic advanced to the semifinals before she played Sara Errani later yesterday. Errani won that match, 6-4, 6-4.


Federer beats Dimitrov in Swiss Indoors quarters

BASEL, Switzerland – Roger Federer raised his game to beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, 6-3, 7-6 (2), yesterday in the quarterfinals of his hometown Swiss Indoors tournament.

The 32-year-old Federer found the kind of form that has often eluded him in a difficult season and saved three straight set points against the 22-year-old Dimitrov when trailing 5-3 in the second set.

Federer will face 40th-ranked Vasek Pospisil in the semifinals today.

Earlier, top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina used his powerful serve to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu of France, 6-4, 6-4.

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