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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2013, file photo, former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt smiles as a banner is raised in her honor before the team's NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame in Knoxville, Tenn. Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who boosted women's game, has died at 64. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

Pat Summitt put women's basketball on her back, breaking down barriers with her indomitable spirit and demanding respect for female athletes on her way to becoming the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history. ''Pat started playing college hoops before Title IX and started coaching before the NCAA recognized women's basketball as a sport,'' President Obama said.


Posted: June 28, 2016, 10:11 pm

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama, right, smiles at former defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, speaking left, as he stands with the 1985 Super Bowl XX Champions Chicago Bears football team during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Buddy Ryan, who coached two defenses that won Super Bowl titles and whose twin sons Rex and Rob have been successful NFL coaches, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016. He was 82. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Buddy Ryan took a back seat to no one. The pugnacious coach and defensive mastermind whose twin sons have been successful NFL coaches, died Tuesday. James Solano, Buddy Ryan's agent, said he died in Kentucky but did not give a cause.


Posted: June 28, 2016, 9:10 pm

Serena Williams of the US celebrates after beating Amara Safikovic of Switzerland in their women's singles match on day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Leave all the chatter about Serena Williams' pursuit of her 22nd major singles trophy to others. Williams and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, do not discuss that number. Zero,'' Mouratoglou said Tuesday at Wimbledon after watching Williams win her first-round match.


Posted: June 28, 2016, 8:36 pm

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015, file photo, Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning speaks during an NHL hockey news conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The NHL is reviewing whether to penalize the Canucks for tampering after Benning expressed interest in acquiring players under contract, including Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

The NHL has fined the Vancouver Canucks $50,000 for tampering after general manager Jim Benning mentioned specific players the team might be interested in. Benning noted the Canucks' interest in Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos last week during a radio interview before the NHL draft in Buffalo, New York.


Posted: June 28, 2016, 8:34 pm

Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi, left, Nawal El Moutawakel, second left, head of the International Olympic Committee's evaluation commission, Brazil Olympic Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman, second right, and Rio 2016 Committee Chief Executive Officer Sidney Levy lpose for a photo after a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic games. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

The chief organizer of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics says security is his top concern, well ahead of the Zika virus. Sidney Levy, CEO of the Rio Organizing Committee, said Tuesday that keeping athletes and visitors safe from terrorism and other crime is his No. 1 top priority. Levy said the 2013 visit of Pope Francis and the 2014 World Cup were tests for Brazil.


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Woman injured, gunman dead in downtown Denver shooting

Police vehicles sit at 15th and Wynkoop, after an active shooter was reported and police secured the scene, in Denver, Colorado(Reuters) - A woman was critically injured in a shooting inside a downtown Denver office building on Tuesday and police said the suspected gunman was pronounced dead at the scene with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Denver Police spokesman Doug Schepman told reporters at a news conference that the woman was shot multiple times around 2:45 p.m. local time and was taken to a hospital in critical condition.


Golf's gender divide over Rio, and Zika

Golf - Rio 2016 Olympic Games Test EventBy Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - When it comes to golfers and their interest in competing at this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a curious gender divide is emerging which, at first glance, is counter-intuitive. While world number one Jason Day and fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy are among several big names in the men's game who have already opted out of Rio, not a single women's player has yet withdrawn from global sport's showpiece. Both Day and McIlroy have cited Zika fears as their prime reason for pulling out, saying they were unwilling to put either themselves or their families at risk from a mosquito-borne virus that can cause crippling birth defects.


Olympics-Golf's gender divide over Rio, and Zika

By Mark Lamport-Stokes June 28 (Reuters) - When it comes to golfers and their interest in competing at this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a curious gender divide is emerging which, at first glance, is counter-intuitive. While world number one Jason Day and fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy are among several big names in the men's game who have already opted out of Rio, not a single women's player has yet withdrawn from global sport's showpiece. Both Day and McIlroy have cited Zika fears as their prime reason for pulling out, saying they were unwilling to put either themselves or their families at risk from a mosquito-borne virus that can cause crippling birth defects. Olympics: World No.1 golfer Day withdraws over Zika fears

PGA: U.S. Open - Final Round(Reuters) - World number one Jason Day and Ireland's Shane Lowry on Tuesday withdrew from August's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, citing fears over the Zika virus. Golf is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904, but a number of big names, including four-times major champion Rory McIlroy, Fiji's Vijay Singh and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, have also pulled out due to Zika concerns.


Legendary college basketball coach Pat Summitt dies

Pat Summitt, the former coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team, pictured in 2008Pat Summitt, the iconic former coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team, died Tuesday at the age of 64. Summitt was diagnosed in August 2011 with early onset Alzheimer's disease. "It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt.


NFL defensive guru Buddy Ryan dies

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan talks to his father Buddy Ryan before the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts in 2015James "Buddy" Ryan, the father of twin brothers Rex and Rob and mastermind of the Chicago Bears' famed "46 defense", died Tuesday at the age of 82. Ryan's health had deteriorated in recent years as he battled cancer. Buddy Ryan got a taste of being a champion as defensive coordinator with the title-winning New York Jets in Super Bowl III and was credited with being the difference-maker when the Bears crushed the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.


Golfers Day, Lowry withdraw from Olympics over Zika fears

Australian golfer Jason Day said he had withdrawn from the Rio Olympics "due to concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus"Australia's world number one Jason Day and Ireland's Shane Lowry on Tuesday became the latest golfers to withdraw from the Rio Olympics because of fears over the Zika virus. "It is with deep regret I announce that I will not be competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games this coming August in Rio de Janeiro," Day said in a statement. The 28-year-old was later joined by US Open runner-up Lowry, ranked 25th in the world.


Former NFL coach Buddy Ryan dies at 82

Chicago Bears Defensive coach Buddy Ryan at the White House in Washington(Reuters) - Buddy Ryan, the cantankerous coach who constructed one of the greatest defenses in NFL history with the Chicago Bears and served as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals, died on Tuesday of cancer at age 82, the league announced. Ryan, whose twin sons Rex and Rob have carved out lengthy NFL coaching careers of their own, had a blustery, cocky personality and was sometimes at odds with coaches on his own teams - one of whom he punched during a game. Ryan's record as a head coach was not overwhelming but his defensive acumen was never questioned.


Legendary U.S. women's basketball coach Pat Summitt dies at 64

U.S. President Obama awards a 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom to former University of Tennessee basketball coach Summitt during ceremony in the East Room of the White House in WashingtonPat Summitt, the winningest coach in U.S. Division I college basketball history, died on Tuesday at the age of 64, the University of Tennessee said. Summitt, who coached the University of Tennessee's Lady Vols women's team and helped build women's college basketball into a national sport, announced in August 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. "Pat was the greatest coach of all time," university Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said in a statement.


Adidas strikes deal with Wanda to promote sport in China

* China was fastest growing market for Adidas in 2015 * China government seeks to boost sports * Adidas to sponsor Wanda Ironman events in China * Adidas to open more stores in Wanda malls (Adds details, background) By Emma Thomasson BERLIN, June 28 (Reuters) - German sportswear firm Adidas has signed a deal with the Wanda business empire of China's richest man Wang Jianlin to sponsor two of Wanda's endurance events, promote soccer and basketball in the country and open stores in Wanda's malls. The agreement announced on Tuesday is the latest move by Adidas to try to strengthen its position as it goes head-to-head with bigger rival Nike in basketball-obsessed China.

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