Times Standard (Eureka)

Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull dies at 84


When Bobby Hull got the puck, he was tough to stop. He had blazing speed, a hard slap shot and tons of confidence.

Long before today's biggest stars took the ice, “The Golden Jet” put on quite a show.

Hull, a Hall of Fame winger and two-time NHL MVP who helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961, has died. He was 84.

The Blackhawks and the NHL Alumni Associatio­n announced Hull's death on Monday. There were no further details provided by either organizati­on.

Hull was one of the most prolific forwards in NHL history, scoring 610 times during his 16-year career with Chicago, Hartford and Winnipeg. Nicknamed “The Golden Jet” for his speed and blond hair, he also collected 303 goals while playing for the Jets in the World Hockey Associatio­n for seven seasons.


US SOCCER ANNOUNCES PROGRAM TO ENSURE PLAYER SAFETY >> U.S. Soccer has introduced a Safe Soccer program that will require comprehens­ive vetting of individual­s involved in the sport as the federation continues to address its investigat­ion into coach misconduct in the National Women's Soccer League.

The Safe Soccer program announced Monday aims to overhaul the criteria for participat­ion in the sport from the youth level to the profession­al leagues. It includes safety training, background checks and annual reviews.

Both U.S. Soccer and the NWSL pledged to implement recommenda­tions made in two scathing reports on systemic abuse and misconduct in the nation's top profession­al league.

Men's basketball PURDUE A UNANIMOUS NO. 1 IN AP TOP 25; VOLS UP TO NO. 2 >>

Purdue became this season's first unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll after wins over Michigan and Michigan State last week as chaos ensued behind the Boilermake­rs among other ranked teams.

More than half of Top 25 teams lost, including second-ranked Alabama, which was routed by Oklahoma in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. Tennessee jumped two spots to second and Houston held onto third in voting by 62 national media members.

The Crimson Tide dropped to fourth after the blowout loss to the Sooners, when Alabama fell behind by 17 at halftime in an eventual 93-69 defeat. The Tide edged fifth-ranked Arizona by just two points in this week's poll.

Women's basketball

SOUTH CAROLINA TOPS WOMEN'S AP TOP 25; OHIO STATE TUMBLES >> It was a rough week for Ohio State, which lost all three of its games and tumbled down the AP Top 25 as a result.

The previously unbeaten Buckeyes fell from second to 10th in The Associated Press women's basketball poll released Monday after losing to Iowa and Indiana, two top 10 teams, as well as Purdue.

South Carolina remained No. 1 for the 32nd consecutiv­e week. The Gamecocks, who were again a unanimous choice from the 28-member national media panel, have the fourth-longest streak ever atop the poll. Stanford moved back up to No. 2 in the poll and the Cardinal were followed by LSU, Indiana and UConn in the top five. LSU is the only other undefeated team in women's basketball besides South Carolina, which visits UConn for a top-five showdown on Sunday.


The Los Angeles Chargers agreed to terms with Kellen Moore to become offensive coordinato­r.

Moore spent the past eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, including the past four as the offensive coordinato­r, but it was announced on Sunday night he would not return.

Moore replaces Joe Lombardi, who was the Bolts' coordinato­r for two seasons under head coach Brandon Staley.


The Royals and Zach Greinke have agreed to a contract for the coming season, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday, making it nine seasons over two stints in Kansas City for the six-time AllStar pitcher.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the 39-year-old Greinke still needed to pass a physical.

Greinke was paid $13 million last season by the Royals, where he spent the first seven season before returning last year and going 3-9 with a 3.68 ERA and striking out 73 over 137 innings for the rebuilding club.

 ?? AP FILE ?? Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks holds pucks denoting his 500th career goal on Feb. 22, 1970. Hull, a Hall of Fame forward who helped the Blackhawks win the 1961 Stanley Cup Final, has died. He was 84.
AP FILE Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks holds pucks denoting his 500th career goal on Feb. 22, 1970. Hull, a Hall of Fame forward who helped the Blackhawks win the 1961 Stanley Cup Final, has died. He was 84.

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