Nolan Richardson III, son of ex-Arkansas coach, dies
Police in Tulsa, Okla., said Nolan Richardson III — the son of former Arkansas and Tulsa basketball coach Nolan Richardson — was found dead in his home. Officer Jason Willingham said Monday that the younger Richardson's wife found him in a chair in their south Tulsa home about 3 p.m. Sunday. A cause of death wasn't immediately released but Willingham said the 47-year-old's death appeared to be from natural causes.
Nolan Richardson III served as an assistant to his father at Arkansas and later as head coach at Tennessee State. He was head coach there from 2000 to 2003 and compiled a 23-41 record.
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Sports in the courts
Roommate convicted of murder in Middle Tennessee player's stabbing
A jury on Monday convicted the roommate of Middle Tennessee basketball player Tina Stewart of second-degree murder in the athlete's 2011 stabbing death. Jurors spent about two hours deliberating before reaching a verdict against 19-year-old Shanterrica Madden in the March 2, 2011, stabbing of Stewart at an off-campus apartment they shared in Murfreesboro. Madden also was convicted of tampering with evidence for trying to hide the knife used in the stabbing of the 21-year-old Lady Raiders player. The defendant could face 15 to 60 years in prison for the murder conviction at sentencing, scheduled for July 16.
Amlung, Fyffe earn conference honors
Louisville junior Justin Amlung, a St. Xavier graduate, was named the Big East Conference's pitcher of the week. Amlung, the pre-season Big East Pitcher of the Year, pitched seven shutout innings in a 5-0 win against St. John's on Friday. He is 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 901⁄3 innings this season.
■ Eastern Kentucky senior Matt Fyffe, a Johnson Central graduate, was named the Ohio Valley Conference's co-pitcher of the week. Fyffe pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout Saturday against Tennessee Tech. He is 8-0 with a 1.51 ERA this season. It was Fyffe's first-career complete game, and it was EKU's first nine-inning complete game shutout since, Christian Friedrich, now with the Colorado Rockies, tossed a no-hitter at Morehead State in 2006.
Women's College basketball
Reid, Gibbs get extra year of eligibility
Louisville forward Monique Reid and guard Tia Gibbs regained a year of eligibility after being granted medical hardship waivers by the Big East. Reid, a senior who starred at Fern Creek, sustained a left knee injury on Dec. 14 and had surgery in January after leading the Cardinals in scoring and rebounding the previous two seasons. Gibbs, a junior who played in high school at Butler, hurt her right shoulder in the opening minutes of the team's first game of the season against Missouri State and needed season-ending surgery.
Coach K unlikely to return for '16 Games
Mike Krzyzewski said he thinks the London Olympics will be his last coaching the United States. The Duke coach was brought in before the 2008 Games to revive a struggling Olympic team, which had finished a disappointing third in Athens. The Americans won the gold medal in Beijing behind Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Two years later, they won the world title with a completely different roster.
Rangers' Lundqvist shuts out Devils
Rangers rookie Chris Kreider and defenseman Dan Girardi both had a goal and an assist in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots for his fifth career playoff shutout, as New York opened the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.
Governor signs Vikings stadium bill
Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday signed off on a hard-fought agreement to build the Minnesota Vikings a $975 million stadium at the downtown Minneapolis site of the team's current home, the Metrodome. Dayton, who championed the deal, signed the bill to mostly cheers, whistles and chants of 'Skol Vikings," the team's fight song, during a Capitol ceremony attended by team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, business and labor leaders, construction workers and fans.
The last word
The New York Jets' Darrelle Revis said Coach Rex Ryan was unaware of how deep the team's locker room fissures went until it was too late to fix them — which sealed the team's fate en route to an 8-8 finish in 2011. Revis said Monday:
"He was like, 'I didn't even know.' It's like, 'Well, it's been going on for a number of weeks now. I don't know how you can't see it.' It's not him being ignorant to the situation ... Sometimes you might need somebody to come shake you up."