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Former NBA star Connie Hawkins dies...Rain threat alters NASCAR schedule...Halep secures top ranking

October 7, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) — Basketball great Connie Hawkins has died at age 75. The Hall of Famer’s death was announced today in a statement by the Phoenix Suns. The 6-foot-8 Hawkins didn’t play in the NBA until he was 27. He signed with the Suns in 1969 and was an NBA All-Star for four straight seasons. He also played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have waived guards John Jenkins and Jordan Mathews. Both players were signed in late September to compete for a spot, but DeAndre Bembry has improved faster than expected from a triceps injury. Jenkins spent three seasons with the Hawks as a first-round pick in 2012. He also played for Phoenix and Dallas. Mathews is an undrafted rookie out of Gonzaga. He played five minutes in one exhibition game for the Hawks.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Starting linebacker Natrez Patrick didn’t travel with the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs after his second arrest on marijuana charges in three years. Patrick could face a four-game suspension after being arrested Thursday night on a misdemeanor charge of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, according to the Athens-Clarke County jail report. He was suspended one game in 2015 after his first arrest.

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has moved up the start of tomorrow’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway to 1:10 p.m. Eastern time, an hour ahead of schedule, because of a strong threat of rain. Rain washed out today’s first practice session. Denny Hamlin will lead the field to the green flag in the opening race of NASCAR’s second round of the playoffs.

BEIJING (AP) — Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) will take over the top ranking in tennis after reaching the China Open final today. Halep beat French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4, ensuring that when the WTA rankings are updated on Monday she will be the first women’s No. 1 from Romania.

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