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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.

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