Davis, first black woman to win Olympic gold medal, dies at 90
The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died Monday in Albany, Ga. She was 90.
Davis, who suffered a stroke three months ago, won the high jump at the 1948 London Olympics with an American and Olympic record of 5 feet, 6 inches.
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Davis was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1975, and into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.
“Going into the USOC Hall of Fame is as good as it gets,” she said in a 2004 interview where she referenced some of the most prominent halls in sports. “It’s like Cooperstown, Springfield and Canton.”
Davis was the only American woman to win a gold medal in track and field at the 1948 Games. She speculated that she could have won more Olympic medals, but the Games weren’t held in 1940 or 1944 because of World War II.
“I know I would have won in 1944, at least,” Davis said. “I was starting to peak then.”
Growing up in the deep South during the era of legal segregation, Davis had to overcome multiple challenges.
The New Georgia Encyclopedia says she was prohibited from using many sports facilities because of her race.
Klotz made a career of losing
Louis “Red” Klotz, a basketball barnstormer who owned the Washington Generals and other teams that lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters, died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Margate, N.J. He was 93.
Klotz formed a working relationship with the Globetrotters in 1952, putting together opposing teams that almost always lost.
In 1971, as a 50-year-old player-coach, the 5-foot-7 Klotz made the winning basket in a rare Globetrotters loss.
In a statement posted on the Globetrotters’ website, team chief executive officer Kurt Schneider said Klotz was “a legend and a global treasure.”
Haslam-owned company agrees to pay penalty of $92 million
The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has agreed to pay a $92 million penalty for cheating customers out of promised rebates and discounts, authorities announced.
In an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has accepted responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees, 10 of whom have pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme.
For its part, the government has agreed not to prosecute the nation’s largest diesel retailer as long as Pilot Flying J abides by the agreement.
Browns literally add Swagger
A dog named Swagger will lead the Cleveland Browns onto the field this season.
The mascot, a bull mastiff, is an attempt to reconnect with Cleveland’s Dawg Pound, a notoriously rowdy bleacher section at old Municipal Stadium.
Fox makes personnel changes
Fox Sports officials said longtime reporter Pam Oliver is being “elevated” to senior correspondent and Erin Andrews will take her place as the sideline reporter for the network’s top NFL announcing team.
Oliver will continue to be a sideline reporter this season; she will work with the announcing team of Kevin Burkhardt and analyst John Lynch. Her role will expand to include interviews and commentary on other Fox and Fox Sports 1 shows, and on sports beyond the NFL.
Andrews will take over as sideline reporter for Fox’s top NFL announcing duo of Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman.
Top recruit Mudiay to turn pro
Prized Southern Methodist recruit Emmanuel Mudiay will pursue pro opportunities overseas instead of playing for the Mustangs.
SMU coach Larry Brown said the decision by the 6-foot-5 McDonald’s All-American point guard was based on a “hardship issue” and not any academic reasons for the incoming freshman.
In a statement, Brown said Mudiay “really wants to alleviate some of the challenges his family faces and recognizes he has an opportunity to help them now.”
Meanwhile, junior forward Brandon Morris has been dismissed from the Georgia program after being charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He averaged 8.6 points last season.
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• Manchester United landed the richest uniform deal in soccer, a $1.3 billion, 10-year agreement with Adidas that begins in 2015 and replaces the team’s Nike sponsorship.
• Vince Carter, 37, was introduced by the NBA Memphis Grizzlies after they signed him to a reported three-year, $12 million contract.
Carter, who spent the past three seasons with Dallas, doesn’t consider age a big issue as he heads into his 17th pro season. He noted a “very old team” in San Antonio won the championship last month.
Carter averaged 11.9 points last season.
• In the NBA Summer League Las Vegas, the Golden State Warriors’ winning streak — dating to 2010 — was snapped at 16 games when they lost 89-88 in overtime to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Former Washington Husky Justin Holiday scored 26 points for the Warriors, giving him 55 in the last two games.
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