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For­mer ASU foot­ball coach Dar­ryl Rogers dies

DETROIT — Dar­ryl Rogers, who coached Michi­gan State to a share of the Big Ten ti­tle in 1978 and later took the helm for the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 83.

The Lions said Rogers’ fam­ily con­firmed his death Wed­nes­day.

Rogers coached Michi­gan State from 1976-79, go­ing 24-18-2. The 1978 team, which in­cluded star flanker Kirk Gib­son, won its fi­nal seven games to fin­ish tied for first in the con­fer­ence.

Rogers also coached at Ari­zona State from 1980-84 be­fore head­ing to the NFL. He was with the Lions from 1985-88.

Charles Oak­ley ar­rested at Las Ve­gas casino

LAS VE­GAS — For­mer New York Knicks star Charles Oak­ley is be­ing ac­cused of gam­bling fraud af­ter a wa­ger at a Las Ve­gas casino last week­end, casino reg­u­la­tors said Thurs­day.

Oak­ley was ar­rested Sunday at the Cos­mopoli­tan casino-re­sort on the Las Ve­gas Strip on sus­pi­cion of com­mit­ting or at­tempt­ing to com­mit a fraud­u­lent act in a gam­ing es­tab­lish­ment, the Ne­vada Gam­ing Con­trol Board said in a state­ment. The agency said Oak­ley is sus­pected of “adding to or re­duc­ing his wa­ger” on a game af­ter the out­come was known.

Oak­ley was booked and later re­leased from jail. The reg­u­la­tory agency would not re­lease de­tails of the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the ar­rest.

The Cos­mopoli­tan said in a state­ment that it had “no de­tails with re­gards to any al­leged ac­tiv­ity and will not com­ment on our guests’ ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Oak­ley’s at­tor­ney, David Ch­es­noff, told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day that he is “presently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the facts.” Court records show Oak­ley is sched­uled to ap­pear in court Aug. 7.

The felony count car­ries between one and six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The 6-foot-8 Oak­ley was a rugged en­forcer play­ing along­side Pa­trick Ewing and has kept his tough-guy per­sona long af­ter re­tire­ment, trad­ing barbs with for­mer ri­val Charles Barkley.

Oak­ley played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998, help­ing them be­come one of the top teams in the East­ern Con­fer­ence. But they have been one of the worst fran­chises of the last 15 years, and Oak­ley’s crit­i­cisms of the team and man­age­ment has led to a strained re­la­tion­ship with the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Las Ve­gas-based at­tor­ney Adam Solinger, who is not in­volved in Oak­ley’s case, said very few peo­ple end up with a felony con­vic­tion when they com­mit a gam­bling vi­o­la­tion, un­less “the cheat­ing is more so­phis­ti­cated.” He said cases are some­times re­solved as mis­de­meanor of­fenses with fines.

Solinger said a casino would be well within its rights to ban a cheat­ing pa­tron, and other casi­nos who hear about the pa­tron’s ac­tions may choose to watch that per­son more closely.

Wheatcroft shoots 9-un­der for lead in Quad Cities

SILVIS, Ill. — Steve Wheatcroft shot a ca­reer-best 9-un­der 62 on Thurs­day to take a one-shot lead in the John Deere Clas­sic.

Wheatcroft birdied seven of the last nine holes to fin­ish a shot ahead of Michael Kim. John­son Wag­ner, Nick Tay­lor, An­dres Romero and Joel Dah­men shot open­ing-round 64s. Francesco Moli­nari, who won the Quicken Loans Na­tional two weeks ago, was among a group of play­ers three strokes back.

Zach John­son shot 69 and three-time John Deere win­ner Steve Stricker fin­ished at 1-un­der 70.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Bryson DeCham­beau, the high­est-ranked player in the field, with­drew be­cause of a right shoul­der in­jury.

DENVER — No pitcher homers on Thurs­day. Just a well-played game for Nolan Are­nado and com­pany.

Ger­ardo Parra and Raimel Tapia had pinch-hit RBI sin­gles in Colorado’s three-run sixth in­ning, help­ing the Rock­ies to a 5-1 vic­tory over the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs.

Colorado took two of three for its first se­ries win against Ari­zona since May 5-7, 2017. The Rock­ies hit five homers in a 19-2 vic­tory Wed­nes­day night, in­clud­ing the first ca­reer drive for right-han­der Ger­man Mar­quez, but they took the fi­nale be­hind a timely rally and solid de­fense.

“They’ve given us a re­ally hard time, so to win a se­ries fi­nally at home against them feels re­ally good,” Are­nado said.

Trevor Story home­red for the Rock­ies, and Kyle Free­land pitched six-hit ball into the sixth in­ning. DJ LeMahieu had two hits and drove in a run.

Colorado trailed 1-0 be­fore its rally in the sixth.

Ari­zona left-han­der Rob­bie Ray (3-2) hit Car­los Gon­za­lez and walked Chris Ian­netta with one out be­fore he was re­placed by Sil­vino Bra­cho, who was called up be­fore the game. Parra then hit a ty­ing sin­gle to right, and Tapia fol­lowed with an­other sin­gle off An­drew Chafin. LeMahieu drove in Parra with a sac­ri­fice fly.

“The Ian­netta at-bat was very cru­cial and I think it swung the game a lit­tle bit,” Ari­zona man­ager Torey Lovullo said. “Chris is a very ex­pe­ri­enced hit­ter. He’s go­ing to fight you all the way through the en­tire at-bat.”

The Rock­ies added two more in the sev­enth on Story’s 18th homer off of Ran­dall Del­gado and Gon­za­lez’s RBI sin­gle.

“We got a cou­ple of clutch hits and we put an in­ning to­gether,” Rock­ies man­ager Bud Black said. “We nicked their bullpen a lit­tle bit and our bullpen did a good job.”

Scott Oberg (3-0) got two outs for the win.

The Di­a­mond­backs jumped in front on A.J. Pol­lock’s RBI sin­gle in the first. Paul Gold­schmidt and Steven Souza Jr. each had

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

COLORADO ROCK­IES CATCHER Chris Ian­netta (right) tags out Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs’ Steven Souza Jr. at home plate as he tries to score on a ground ball hit by John Ryan Mur­phy in the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game Thurs­day in Denver.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

SER­ENA WIL­LIAMS of the United States re­turns the ball to Ger­many’s Ju­lia Gorges dur­ing their women’s sin­gles semi­fi­nals match at the Wimbledon Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships, in Lon­don, Thurs­day.

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