NBA CHAMP, HALL OF FAME COACH KUNDLA DIES AT 101 YEARS OLD

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

MIN­NEAPO­LIS» Be­fore Phil Jack­son and Pat Ri­ley, be­fore Gregg Popovich and Larry Brown, even be­fore Red Auer­bach, there was John Kundla.

Kundla, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Min­neapo­lis Lak­ers to five NBA cham­pi­onships, died Sun­day. He was 101.

Tom Kundla said his fa­ther died at an as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity in Min­neapo­lis that he called home for years.

With Ge­orge Mikan in the mid­dle and John Kundla the calm, steady hand di­rect­ing the team, the Lak­ers won the 1949 cham­pi­onship in the BAA — the league that pre­ceded the NBA — and NBA ti­tles in 1950 and 1952-54, ce­ment­ing the fran­chise’s place as the league’s first true dy­nasty. The Lak­ers also won an NBL ti­tle in 1948, but the NBL marks are not in­cluded in the NBA’s records.

Ledecky strikes gold at worlds.

Katie Ledecky claimed her first gold medal of the world cham­pi­onships Sun­day, cruising to a dom­i­nat­ing win in the women’s 400-me­ter freestyle though she failed to break her own world record.

As ex­pected, the 20-year-old Amer­i­can star pulled away on the very first lap and was es­sen­tially rac­ing the clock the rest of the way.

James won’t drop no-trade clause.

LeBron James will not waive his no­trade clause for any teams at any point dur­ing the 2017-18 sea­son, NBA sources told ESPN.

James, Dirk Now­itzki and Carmelo An­thony are the only play­ers in the league equipped with no-trade clauses. James holds a $35.6 mil­lion player op­tion for the 2018-19 cam­paign, which means the Cleve­land star could de­cide to test un­re­stricted free agency next sum­mer.

Touted re­ceiver com­mits to CU.

BOULDER» Dy­lan Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound wide re­ceiver from Santa Fe High School in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, has com­mit­ted to play foot­ball for the Univer­sity of Colorado.

Thomas, rated as high as four stars by re­cruit­ing ser­vices, is CU’s 15th known com­mit­ment for the 2018 re­cruit­ing class. He turned down schol­ar­ship offers from most of the other Pac-12 schools.

Tim­bers de­feat White­caps 2-1.

Se­bas­tian Blanco scored early in the sec­ond half and the un­der­manned Port­land Tim­bers beat the Van­cou­ver White­caps to snap a six-game win­less streak in MLS.

Jeremy Ebo­bisse set up the win­ner and also scored for Port­land.

The Tim­bers were short-handed be­cause of in­juries, sus­pen­sions and play­ers away for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. They were 0-3-3 dur­ing the win­less streak. An­drew Ja­cob­son scored for Van­cou­ver.

Isner cap­tures Hall of Fame Open.

Top-seeded John Isner beat Aus­tralian qual­i­fier Matthew Eb­den 6-3, 7-6 (4) for his third Hall of Fame Open ti­tle.

The hard-serv­ing Amer­i­can also won the grass-court event in 2011 and 2012. He has 11th ca­reer ti­tles, all at the ATP World Tour 250 level.

Ar­ro­gate’s up­set loss no set­back.

CALIF.» Bob Baf­fert wasn’t

DEL MAR, beat­ing him­self up af­ter Ar­ro­gate’s up­set loss Satur­day in the San Diego Hand­i­cap at Del Mar that snapped the seven-race win­ning streak of the world’s top-ranked horse.

The Hall of Fame trainer said other than get­ting a lot of dirt in his eyes and mouth, the 4-year-old colt emerged in good phys­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter fin­ish­ing fourth, beaten by 15¼ lengths as the 1-20 fa­vorite.

Baf­fert said that as long as Ar­ro­gate con­tin­ues work­ing out well and noth­ing comes up, the colt will run in the $1 mil­lion Pa­cific Clas­sic on Aug. 19 at Del Mar.

Foot­note.

The Den­ver Out­laws fell to 8-4 with a 13-12 loss to the Ohio Ma­chine. Eric Law led the Out­laws with a game-high five goals.

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