Former Dolphins guard Kuechenberg dies at age 71
MIAMI – Former Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season, died at age 71.
His death Saturday was confirmed by the Dolphins, who had no further details.
Kuechenberg joined the Dolphins as a free agent in 1970, coach Don Shula’s first season, and played for them until 1983. He started every game for the team that went 17-0 in 1972, and started 16 games for the team that repeated as Super Bowl champions in 1973.
Kuechenberg was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a member of the Dolphins’ Honor Roll.
A native of Gary, Indiana, Kuechenberg played at Notre Dame before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1969 but never played for them.
A’s, MLB meet with Heisman Trophy winner Murray
OAKLAND, Calif. – Representatives of the Oakland Athletics and Major League Baseball met Sunday with Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, a day before the Oklahoma quarterback’s deadline to enter the NFL draft, a person with direct knowledge of the session said.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the meeting was not made public. Oakland executives remained confident as recently as the baseball winter meetings last month in Las Vegas that Murray would report to spring training this year and pursue baseball. MLB joined the efforts to persuade the dual-sport star, sending someone from its marketing group to the meeting, the source said.
Alabama safety Thompson declares for NFL draft
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – All-america safety Deionte Thompson has joined a growing crowd of Alabama players leaving early for the NFL draft. Thompson announced his decision Sunday on Twitter. He’s the sixth Crimson Tide underclassman to announce his decision to leave early. Thompson was a consensus Allamerican in his first season as the starter.
Samuelson reaches 2,000 points as Uconn beats South Florida
STORRS, Conn. – Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 points to reach the 2,000-point milestone and No. 3 Uconn overcame a sluggish start to beat South Florida 63-46 on Sunday.
Megan Walker added 14 points for the Huskies (14-1, 3-0 American), who have never suffered a conference loss in the AAC.
The Bulls are far from alone. Uconn is 104-0 against the rest of the American Athletic Conference since its formation in 2013, including 89-0 in the regular season.