Calhoun to Coach Div. 3 College
Jim Calhoun has officially been named the head coach at Division 3 University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut.
The Hall of Famer had already announced he would be taking the job and has been working for a year to establish a men’s basketball program at the small Catholic university, which was an all-women’s school until this school year.
Calhoun also has continued to serve in an advisory role at UConn, where he served as coach for 26 seasons and led the Huskies to three of their four national titles before retiring in 2012.
The 76-year-old will return to the sidelines with a career record of 873-380 when the Blue Jays open the season on Nov. 9 against William Paterson University.
That game will be played at Trinity College in Hartford, which has a gym that seats about 2,200 people, about 1,000 more than the gymnasium at Saint Joseph.
Hall of Famers battling NFL
A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers led by Eric Dickerson is demanding health insurance coverage and a share of NFL revenues or else those former players will boycott the induction ceremonies.
In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Hall of Fame President David Baker -- and obtained by The Associated Press -- 21 Hall of Fame members cited themselves as “integral to the creation of the modern NFL, which in 2017 generated $14 billion in revenue.”
Among the signees were Dickerson, who is listed as chairman of the newly created Hall of Fame Board the group has formed; Jim Brown; Joe Namath; Lawrence Taylor; and Sarah White, the widow of Reggie White. There were questions, though, about how well-organized the group was. Two players whose names are on the letter said they were not part of the boycott effort. Another name on the list of 22 signees including Sarah White was Carl Ellard, but no one by that name has played professional football. Former Vikings defensive end Carl Eller, however, is a Hall of Famer.
The Atlanta Falcons have lost offensive guard Andy Levitre to a season-ending triceps injury, the third player to go down with a major injury in the first two weeks of the season.
Levitre left Sunday’s victory over the Carolina Panthers with what was initially described as an elbow injury. After further examination, it was determined that he’s done for the year because of a triceps problem.
Brand new GM of 76ers
Elton Brand is in charge of the Philadelphia 76ers as their new general manager, replacing Bryan Colangelo. Colangelo resigned in June as the 76ers’ president of basketball operations after what an investigation concluded was “careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team information on Twitter.
Brand had worked for the Sixers as vice president of operations and also served as the general manager of the Delaware Blue Coats, the 76ers’ G League affiliate. Brand was the No. 1 pick of the 1999 draft by the Chicago Bulls and played two stints with the Sixers.
Abreu still hospitalized
White Sox All-Star slugger Jose Abreu remains hospitalized with an infection in his right thigh.
Abreu was admitted to a hospital in Cleveland and had the infection “cleaned up,” manager Rick Renteria said before the White Sox opened a three-game series with the Indians. Abreu will miss this series and the team will provide an update on him Friday in Chicago, the manager said.
Maria Sharapova says she will end her 2018 season early, withdrawing from the China Open in Beijing, the Tianjin Open, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow due to her recovery from a right shoulder injury. ... In NHL preseason action in Washington, Zach Senyshyn scored twice to spark the Boston Bruins past the Capitals, 5-2. Cameron Hughes, Jakub Lauko and Sean Kuraly also scored for the Bruins. Dan Vladar stopped 31 of 33 shots. ... In Buffalo, North Chelmsford native Jack Eichel scored a short-handed goal to lift the Sabres over the Penguins, 3-2. Ex-UMass Lowell standout Carter Hutton started for the Sabres and made 14 saves in two periods.