Bobby Joe Hill, the leading scorer for the Texas Western team that won the 1966 national championship and changed the landscape of college basketball, has died. He was 59.
Hill died of a heart attack Sunday night, his daughter, Michelle Shetfield, told the online edition of the El Paso Times.
Coach Don Haskins started Hill and four other black players in that NCAA championship game in College Park against top-ranked Kentucky. Texas Western, now known as Texas-El Paso, beat Kentucky, which started five white players, 72-65. The victory was credited with opening the doors of universities across the nation to black athletes.
Champions Tour Adds Fifth Major
The Champions Tour, formerly called the Senior PGA Tour, became the first golf circuit with five major championships yesterday when it designated the Senior British Open as a major and added it to next year's schedule. . . .
Casey Martin, who has a circulatory disorder in his right leg that requires him to ride a cart, finished tied for 57th in the PGA Tour qualifying tournament in La Quinta, Calif., costing him a chance to play on the PGA Tour next year.
No Surgery for Gerg
Germany's Hilde Gerg does not need surgery on her left knee and hopes to return before the world championships in February.
The reigning World Cup Super-G champion ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament on Saturday when she missed a gate and slipped during a downhill race in Lake Louise, Canada.
An illegal entrant in the Escape from Alcatraz race and the man who sold him his entry have been suspended for a year and ordered to pay court costs in the settlement of USA Triathlon's lawsuit against them.
Dakin Ferris of San Francisco had legally entered the sold-out race but was injured in training and unable to compete. He sold his entry to Charles Martin, also of San Francisco, who was hit by a car while competing in the bicycle portion of the race. Martin sued USA Triathlon, the race insurer, for payment of his medical costs; USA Triathlon countersued claiming that because he was not legally entered in the race, he was not covered.
GMU Suspends Young
George Mason senior forward Jesse Young, the team's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, was suspended for two games for violating undisclosed team and athletic department policies.
The Washington Post's Michael Wilbon and Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes will be the guest bartenders at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday for the "Cheers for Children" fundraiser at The Sports Club/LA in Washington. Tips benefit adoptive children through the Child and Family Services Agency of Washington.