Anderson, 48, Suffers Stroke
Former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson has suffered a stroke.
The 48-year-old Anderson recently completed his first season coaching NAIA program Fisk University in Nashville. Fisk said in a statement Tuesday that the university community extends its “thoughts and prayers” to Anderson and his family.
Anderson’s wife, Natasha Anderson, said in a statement that the family is “extremely grateful for all the prayers and love that we have received over the last few days.” She added that “we appreciate you continuing to respect our privacy as Kenny heals.”
Anderson played for several NBA teams from 1991-2005. He was named an All-Star in 1994 while playing for the New Jersey Nets, who selected him out of Georgia Tech with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1991 draft.
Anderson played for the Boston Celtics from 1998-2002.
Police are investigating sexual abuse and harassment accusations made by a teacher against former University of Arizona and NBA player Mike Bibby, according to officials in the suburban Phoenix school district where he had been a high school coach.
Paradise Valley Unified School District officials said that Bibby was terminated from his coaching position at Shadow Mountain High School after they received a copy of a restraining order a teacher brought against him.
“Upon receipt of the Injunction Against Harassment, PVSchools notified Mr. Bibby that his volunteer status had changed from eligible to ineligible, pending the outcomes of the Phoenix PD and internal investigations,” district spokeswoman Becky Kelbaugh said in an emailed statement.
Gregory suspended again
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory was suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, the fourth time the troubled player has been banned by the league.
The suspension comes about seven months after Gregory was reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell following a lengthy process aimed at reviving his career. Gregory missed 30 of the 32 games over two seasons as a result of his first three suspensions. Gregory had his best year in 2018, posting career highs with six sacks and 14 games. He was reinstated just before the start of training camp last year and was active for the season opener.
The San Francisco 49ers placed the franchise tag on kicker Robbie Gould, keeping him locked up for the 2019 season for a price tag of about $5 million. Gould has been the NFL’s most accurate kicker during his two seasons with San Francisco and could have been a target to return to the Chicago Bears if he hit the open market. ... Wide receiver Michael Crabtree has been released by the Baltimore Ravens after being signed as a free agent one year ago. Crabtree caught 54 passes for 607 yards and three touchdowns in 2018.
Mikolas to start for Cardinals
Three days after being announced as the Cardinals opening-day starter, Miles Mikolas agreed to stay in St. Louis much longer.
St. Louis and the All-Star right-hander agreed to a $68 million, four-year contract covering 2020-23, a deal announced that raises his pay to $75.5 million over the next five seasons.
The WBC heavyweight title rematch between champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is off for now. The two fought to a draw in December and were negotiating a rematch.
But WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said he received confirmation from Fury that the challenger would look elsewhere for his next bout.