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Former DePaul star Watkins dead at 51

Curtis Watkins, a member of DePaul’s 1979 Final Four basketball team, has died. He was 51.

Watkins died of a blocked artery at his home in the Chicago suburb of Harvey.

Former coach Joey Meyer, then an assistant on father Ray Meyer’s staff, called Watkins the secret weapon on a Final Four team that featured Mark Aguirre and Clyde Bradshaw.

Also: Guard Jordan Crawford has quit the Indiana team, leaving the Hoosiers facing possible NCAA sanctions with just two players returning from last season.

The 6-foot-4-inch Crawford started eight games as a freshman and averaged 9.7 points and 3.4 rebounds.


Ex-Mountaineers coach has bypass surgery

Former West Virginia coach Don Nehlen was recuperating, a day after having triple heart bypass surgery.

Nehlen’s son-in-law, former NFL quarterback Jeff Hostetler, said Nehlen underwent surgery Tuesday in Morgantown, W.Va., following routine testing and that his recovery was going well.

The 72-year-old Nehlen is West Virginia’s winningest football coach with a 149-93-4 record in 21 seasons.

Also: Almost 50 years after he began his college playing career at Georgia Tech, Bill Curry will become the first coach of Georgia State’s new football program today.

The 65-year-old Curry will join former Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves as patriarchs of the program. Reeves has served as a consultant and helped raise $1.2 million in pledged funds for the program.

Freddie Fairchild, the Arkansas linebacker arrested in March on misdemeanor charges of battery and false imprisonment, has been dismissed from the football team.

Coach Bobby Petrino suspended Fairchild the day after his March 24 arrest by Fayetteville, Ark., police following a report by a woman that he had attacked her.

Thieves broke into a jewelry company in Attleboro, Mass., over the weekend and stole up to $2 million in gold, gems and other valuables, including Super Bowl rings made for New York Giants staff members, authorities said. SOCCER

Turkey eliminates host Swiss from Euro 2008

Arda Turan scored in injury time in Basel, Switzerland, giving Turkey a 2-1 win over the Swiss that eliminated the co-hosts from the European Championship.

Turan scored in the second minute of injury time, sending a right-footed shot from outside the area that deflected in off a Switzerland defender.

In the day’s other first-round pool-play game, Portugal beat the Czech Republic 3-1 and secured a quarterfinal berth.

Also: Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will become Chelsea’s manager after the European Championship.

The English Premier League club announced Scolari as Avram Grant’s replacement on its Web site.

The Portuguese football federation confirmed the deal on its Web site, saying Scolari would not extend its contract with Portugal after the European tournament because of the Chelsea offer.

American teenage striker Jozy Altidore signed a six-year contract with Villarreal and said he was excited about joining the Spanish club.

Villarreal agreed to pay a transfer fee reportedly close to $10 million for the former New York Red Bulls player, nearly twice as much as the previous record for an American and more than the previous high for anyone from Major League Soccer.

Mexico goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez said his arrest this week in Chicago won’t keep him from playing against Belize in a World Cup qualifier in Houston.

Sanchez, also the team captain, was taken into custody early Monday for resisting arrest at a downtown hotel after Mexico beat Peru 4-0 in a friendly at Soldier Field.


Cyclist Boonen banned from Tour de France

Former world cycling champion Tom Boonen has been barred from this year’s Tour de France after testing positive for cocaine.

Tour organizers say the rest of Boonen’s Quick Step team can still compete in the race.

The Belgian rider apologized to his fans in Brussels. He did not directly confirm or deny allegations that he had taken cocaine. Belgian prosecutors opened a probe Tuesday into possible cocaine possession by Boonen.

Also: Alejandro Valverde of Spain took the overall lead in the Dauphine Libere from Thor Hushovd after winning the time trial that ended in Saint-Paul-En-Jarez, France.

Valverde finished the 19.3-mile third stage in 44 minutes, 59 seconds, edging Levi Leipheimer of the United States by 19 seconds in the Tour de France tuneup.

Top-seeded Marion Bartoli lost her opening match of the DFS Classic in Birmingham, England, and might miss Wimbledon because of a wrist injury.

Bartoli, the Wimbledon runner-up last year, was upset 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 by 52-ranked Petra Cetkovska. Bartoli, ranked 10th, said her wrist injury has hampered her play.

Roger Federer shook off his lopsided French Open final loss, extending his grass-court streak to 55 matches with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Michael Berrer at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

The top-ranked Federer dropped just one point on serve in the first set against the 89th-ranked German player. It was Federer’s first match since his loss to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.

UNLV’s 400-meter relay team was disqualified from the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, when Brittney Bullocks and Lekeisha Lawson had trouble on the second exchange and dropped the baton in a preliminary heat.

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