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January 3, 2019

NBA-SPURS-KAWHI RETURNS

Kawhi Leonard returns to San Antonio as a Raptor

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — For the first time in nearly a year, Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard is about to play basketball in San Antonio.

When Leonard and the Toronto Raptors visit the Spurs tonight, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP will face his former team for the first time since being traded to Toronto along with Danny Green for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl.

Leonard sat out all but nine games last season with a right quadriceps injury that first flared up prior to training camp. The diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the injury created unrepairable tension between Leonard and the Spurs. Leonard stunned the team by asking to be traded.

Neither side has offered any details on the saga.

CFP-CHEAP TICKETS

Tickets for CFP title game available for cheap

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Qualifying for the college football championship game never has been harder for teams other than Alabama and Clemson.

Getting into the stadium to watch the Crimson Tide and Tigers play for the title for the third time in four years has perhaps never been cheaper.

With the College Football Playoff final located thousands of miles away from the two campuses, possible fatigue for fan bases of teams that have become annual participants in the playoff and a game site in an expensive market lacking college football die-hards, prices for tickets for Monday night’s championship in Santa Clara have been plummeting the past few days.

Tickets for Monday night’s championship game are now available for just $135 on the secondary market, according to TicketIQ. That’s less than half of what the price was before the semifinals and well below the face value price of $475. StubHub had even cheaper tickets available Wednesday night, with seats priced at $115 — less than double the cost of a parking pass on the ticket resale site.

OBIT-JOHNS HOPKINS COACH

Johns Hopkins football coach Jim Margraff dies at 58

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jim Margraff, the winningest football coach in Johns Hopkins University’s history, has died at 58.

Citing a release from the Baltimore university, news outlets report the former Hopkins quarterback who led his alma mater’s football program for 29 years died Wednesday at home.

Less than a month ago, Margraff guided the Blue Jays to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time. With Margraff at the helm, Johns Hopkins posted a 221-89-3 record, won a Centennial Conference-record 14 league championships and made the NCAA playoffs 10 times. With that record, Margraff is also the winningest coach in Maryland state history.

University officials didn’t release a cause of death.

OBIT-MAGEE

Longtime Chargers, NFL writer Jerry Magee dies at age 90

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jerry Magee, who was honored at the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Dick McCann Memorial Award by the Professional Football Writers of America in 1987, has died. He was 90.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Magee died Wednesday following a long illness. Magee worked for the Union and then the Union-Tribune for 52 years.

He joined the staff of the Union in 1956 and covered many major events in the city, including the Chargers’ first 25 seasons in San Diego. He covered 42 straight Super Bowls.

Magee later served as the newspaper’s NFL writer and covered other sports, including tennis and boxing. He retired in 2008.

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