PANTHERS TURN TO FORMER GM FOR NOW
Marty Hurney believes he is better prepared to make personnel decisions this time around with the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers on Wednesday brought back Hurney to be their interim general manager, two days after owner Jerry Richardson surprisingly fired Dave Gettleman.
Hurney was the Panthers’ GM from 1998-2012. He is credited for building the core of a team that reached the Super Bowl two seasons ago — most of which still remains intact — but he also drew criticism for being too loyal to aging veterans by giving out too many big contracts.
Hurney said he needs to be more analytical — and less emotional — in his decisions.
“When the emotional part takes over, then that’s not good a lot of times,” Hurney said, adding: “With the great general managers, the analytical part of their brain makes decisions, not the emotional part.”
• The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, their firstround draft pick and the No. 2 overall selection in April.
Trubisky received a four-year contract worth under $30 million, with approximately $19 million to sign.
• The death of former NFL wide receiver James Hardy in Fort Wayne, Ind., was ruled a suicide by Indiana officials.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office said the 31-year-old Hardy died of “asphyxia due to drowning.” Michael Burris, chief investigator for the coroner’s office, says the determination of suicide was based on Hardy’s medical and psychiatric history, his contacts with law enforcement and other evidence, including some found on his body.
Hardy’s body was found June 7 at a dam along the Maumee River in his hometown of Fort Wayne. Relatives had reported the former Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens player missing a few weeks earlier.
Red Bulls rout Quakes in MLS.
Daniel Royer scored twice in a minute’s span late in the New York Red Bulls’ 5-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes. … Victor Vazquez drilled a penalty kick past Sean Johnson in the first minute of stoppage time and Toronto FC escaped with a 2-2 draw against New York City FC. Toronto (11-3-6) moved a point ahead of Chicago for the Eastern Conference and overall MLS lead. … Blerim Dzemaili broke a tie in the 51st minute to help Montreal beat Philadelphia 2-1. … Minnesota and Houston went scoreless in a draw.
Wyoming junior quarterback Josh Allen and Colorado State senior quarterback Nick Stevens were named to the preseason watch list for the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The award is given to the nation’s most outstanding quarterback who’s either a college senior or a fourth-year junior. … Former Auburn and Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville is joining ESPN for the upcoming college football season as a game analyst. In 21 seasons as a head coach, Tuberville won 159 games with Mississippi, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati. He stepped down at Cincinnati after the Bearcats went 4-8 last season. … Midfielders Trevor Baptiste, Connor Donahue and Sean Mayle have been selected as 2018 captains for the University of Denver men’s lacrosse team. The program, which advanced to the Final Four in May for the fifth time in seven years, will formally announce the all-senior leadership group Thursday. … Players on American Hockey League contracts will be eligible to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Olympic men’s hockey tournament runs from Feb. 9-25. Like the NHL, which is not having its players participate for the first time since 1994, the AHL does not have an Olympic break in its schedule. … The NFL suspended Green Bay Packers receiver Geronimo Allison without pay for the season opener on Sept. 10 against Seattle for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.