Died A 17-year-old national champion boxer is dead after being found severely beaten in his family’s south Phoenix home, and police are investigating the case as a homicide. Authorities say Alexis Urbina died of his injuries Thursday at a hospital. Phoenix police say the teen was found unconscious and covered in blood in the family’s living room about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. They say there was no obvious sign of forced entry into the house, but Urbina’s family says some of his boxing memorabilia is missing. Urbina won the 141-pound Youth Men’s Division at the USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane last April.
Violated Investigators in North Carolina say a Georgia- based sports agent violated sports agent laws by providing more than $20,000 in cash and benefits to former Tar Heels receiver Greg Little in 2010. In a search warrant unsealed this week, an agent with the Secretary of State’s office said Little told investigators that Terry Watson of the Watson Sports Agency provided Little, now with the Cleveland Browns, with a monthly cash allowance of $2,200 in addition to travel expenses and other payments. While the NCAA investigation is closed, authorities are still reviewing whether laws regulating sports agents were broken.
Extended Miami men’s basketball coach Jim Larranaga has received a three-year extension from the Hurricanes, who now have him under contract for the next nine seasons. Larranaga led the Hurricanes to 29 wins last season along with the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament championships and a trip to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. He also was The Associated Press’ coach of the year. Larranaga is 49-20 at Miami and 519-354 for his career.
Hired The Sacramento Kings hired Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as an adviser to owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Pete D’Alessandro. Mullin had been advising Ranadive in an unofficial capacity since the Silicon Valley software magnate bought the team in May, including scouting ahead of the NBA draft. Mullin was the general manager of the Warriors from 2004-09, including a memorable playoff run in 2007 when the team upset the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round.
Signed The Clippers signed rookie Brandon Davies after the forward impressed the club in summer league play. The 6-foot-9 Davies spent the past four seasons at BYU, averaging 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior last year. He went undrafted, but averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in five games for Los Angeles’ summer league team in Las Vegas.