Men's College Basketball

UConn fires coach

with school under inquiry

The combination was too much for UConn: an NCAA investigation and a second straight losing season.

All of which left coach Kevin Ollie out of a job. He was fired Saturday four years after leading the Huskies to the NCAA basketball title.

The university said in a statement it has "initiated disciplinary procedures" and is dismissing him for "just cause." The school says it would have no further comment until its disciplinary process and the NCAA inquiry are complete. The scope of the investigation is not clear.

Ollie was in the second year of a five-year deal valued at $17.9 million. He is not owed the remainder of his contract if fired for just cause, which includes serious NCAA violations.

Missouri forward Jordan Barnett has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The Missouri University Police Department says Barnett was arrested early Saturday. The report indicated he failed to drive within a single lane.

School spokesman Patrick Crawford says the athletic department is aware of the arrest but has made no comment.



Browns continue

to rebuild team

New Cleveland general manager John Dorsey continued to wheel and deal Saturday by agreeing to send Danny Shelton, a former first-round draft pick, to the New England Patriots for a third-round pick in 2019, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

Dorsey, who struck three major deals Friday, also sent a 2018 fifth-round pick to the Patriots, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because teams can't finalize trades until the new league year begins Wednesday.

Cleveland went 0-16 last season and is an embarrassing 4-44 in the past three seasons.

Star cornerback Richard Sherman has agreed to a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. A person in the league familiar with the deal says Sherman agreed to the contract Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the signing had not been announced. ESPN reported that Sherman's deal is worth up to $39.15 million.



Spectacular Bid's

jockey, Franklin, dies

Ronnie Franklin, who rode Spectacular Bid to victory in the 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness before their Triple Crown try was derailed in the Belmont, has died. He was 58.

Franklin's nephew, Walter Cullum, said the former Maryland-based jockey died of lung cancer in Baltimore on Thursday.

Franklin was 19 when he guided Spectacular Bid to victory as a 3-5 favorite in the Kentucky Derby. After winning the Preakness by 5½ lengths, Franklin's bid to capture the Triple Crown ended in the Belmont when Spectacular Bid finished third.

Franklin rode 1,403 winners in 9,242 starts from 1978-92 and had purse earnings of more than $14 million. He won the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding apprentice jockey.

Chris Gedney, an All-American tight end at Syracuse who played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals, has died. He was 47.

 His death Friday was announced by Syracuse, where he did commentary for the school's football games and was a senior associate athletic director. No cause of death was disclosed.

Associated Press