For­mer Dol­phins guard Kuechen­berg dies at age 71

The Commercial Appeal - - Sports -

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.

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