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
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.
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.