June 12, 2012 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Settled The University of Montana will pay former football coach Robin Pflugrad an additional $78,000 to resolve all issues relating to his dismissal, the university and Pflugrad announced. University President Royce Engstrom relieved Pflugrad of his duties on March 29, but declined to give a reason.

Died Beach volleyball legend Gene Selznick has died after a lifetime in the sport, his son Dane Selznick said. He was 82. Gene Selznick died Sunday at Kindred Hospital in Los Angeles after a series of health issues culminating in pneumonia. He began his pioneering career on the sand as the beach game began to organize on the Southern California coast in the years after World War II.

• A Cuban sports official told the AP three-time Olympic boxing gold medalist Teofilo Stevenson has died. The official said the 60-year-old fighter died Monday of a heart attack.

Sidelined A rib injury will keep Brandt Snedeker out of the U.S. Open. Snedeker withdrew from the Memorial after making the cut and missed last week’s St. Jude Classic. He was replaced by Jordan Spieth, who just finished his freshman year at Texas.

Retiring Five-time Olympian and Tour de France veteran George Hincapie plans to retire from competitive cycling after the 2012 racing season. Hincapie, an American rider who turns 39 on June 29, was a longtime aide for Lance Armstrong, helping him to win each of his seven Tour de France titles.

Hired The Edmonton Oilers have hired former coach Craig MacTavish as senior vice president of hockey operations. The 53-year-old MacTavish coached the Oilers for eight seasons from 2000-09, including Edmonton’s run to the Stanley Cup final in 2006. He was fired after the Oilers missed the playoffs for a third straight season.

Postponed The first day of the Queen’s Club grass court tournament in London has been wiped out by rain. The Wimbledon warmup could be facing a Monday final for a second straight year. Britain’s Andy Murray beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the 2011 final.

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