UConn fires basketball coach…Ex-Bear Chris Gedney dead at 47…Gastineau asks NFL to help ailing players

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn has fired basketball coach Kevin Ollie, with the team under NCAA investigation and the Huskies having completed their second straight losing season. The university said in a statement today that it has “initiated disciplinary procedures” to dismiss him for “just cause.” The school says it would have no further comment until its “disciplinary process” and the ongoing NCAA inquiry are complete. Ollie spent six seasons at UConn and won the national championship in 2014.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Chicago Bears tight end Chris Gedney has died. His death yesterday at age 47 was announced by Syracuse University, where he was an All-American. He did commentary for the school’s football games and was a senior associate athletic director. No cause of death was disclosed. Gedney played seven years in the NFL. During his four years in Chicago he was plagued by injuries, including a broken collarbone and leg.

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Jets star Mark Gastineau (GAS’-tih-noh) has made an emotional plea to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to help former players like him who are dealing with football-related health issues. Gastineau said during a New York radio interview (on WOR) Thursday night that he wants ailing players to be “treated right” by the NFL. The 61-year-old announced last year that he was diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. He blames brain trauma resulting from his 10 seasons in the NFL.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is looking to shore up its law that requires certain people to report suspected child sexual abuse to authorities. That’s after gaps were exposed by the case of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar. More than 250 women and girls have said the now-imprisoned doctor molested them under the guise of medical treatment. Nassar’s victims say he could have been stopped decades ago if coaches, athletic trainers or others at Michigan State University had listened to them.

OFTERSCHWANG, Germany (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin has won her fifth World Cup slalom globe in the last six seasons. The American wrapped up the title today when she won a slalom in Germany that stretched her lead over the only remaining challenger. Shiffrin secured her second straight overall title yesterday.

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