Died Veteran trainer Emanuel Steward, the owner of the legendary Kronk Gym who mentored boxers including Thomas Hearns, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya, died Thursday in Chicago. He was 68. Cause of death was not disclosed. Steward trained, helped train or managed some of the greatest fighters of the past 40 years out of Detroit’s Kronk, a dingy, overheated basement gym that produced world champions like Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Lennox Lewis.
• Margaret Osbourne duPont, who won more than 30 Grand Slam tennis singles and doubles titles spanning three decades, has died in El Paso, Texas. She was 94. DuPont died late Wednesday while in hospice care in El Paso. DuPont won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1947, the U.S. National Championship (now the U.S. Open) singles title from 1948 to 1950 and the French singles title in 1946 and 1948, according to the website of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.
Hired Former Detroit Pistons star Bill Laimbeer returned to the WNBA as the New York Liberty’s general manager and coach. He led the Detroit Shock to three WNBA titles and was 137-93 as the team’s general manager and coach from 2002-09. Laimbeer replaces John Whisenant.
Sidelined Maryland quarterback Devin Burns is out for the season with a foot injury. Burns becomes the third Terrapins quarterback to experience a season-ending injury. C.J. Brown tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in August and was replaced by Perry Hills, who tore the ACL in his left knee Saturday in a loss to North Carolina State. That leaves true freshman Caleb Rowe to start this Saturday against Boston College.
Suspended Mavericks guard Delonte West was suspended for the second time in as many weeks for conduct detrimental to the team, putting his future with the team in doubt. West has bipolar disorder and addressed that topic in another tweet, saying “no I’m not off my meds.” After practice Thursday, coach Rick Carlisle declined to elaborate on West, referring to the release from the team announcing the suspension but disclosing no specifics about his conduct.
Revealed Former American cyclist Bobby Julich says he used banned drugs during the late 1990s when he finished third in the Tour de France, forcing him to leave his Team Sky coaching job. The British team asked staff and riders last week to confirm they had no past links to doping as cycling tries to clean up following the Lance Armstrong scandal.