Winningest coach in US dies at 93
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — John McKissick, whose 621 victories at South Carolina’s Summerville High made him the nation’s winningest football coach at any level, has died at age 93.
Dorchester County Coroner Paul Brouthers says McKissick had been in hospice care and died Thursday surrounded by family. The longtime coach retired in 2014 after 62 seasons.
McKissick had a career record of 621-155-13 at Summerville from 1952 through 2014. He won 10 South Carolina state championships, the last one coming in 1998.
Top-ranked Oregon women prevail
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Ruthy Hebard had 30 points and 18 rebounds and No. 1 Oregon survived a second-half challenge from Oklahoma State in an 89-72 victory Thursday in the Paradise Jam.
Sabrina Ionescu added 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Minyon Moore had 14 points and six assists, and Erin Boley finished with 12 points. The Ducks (5-0) led by as many as 29 points in the second half.
Ahead 47-27 at the half, the Ducks increased their lead to 60-31 on Ionescu’s 3-pointer with 6:28 left in the third quarter. But the Cowgirls (5-1) closed the quarter with a 19-8 run to pull to 69-50.
Jury clears man in soccer disaster
PRESTON, England — The man in control of police operations at the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium tragedy was cleared by a jury on Thursday of gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans in Britain’s worst sports disaster.
Gasps were heard from the public gallery after jurors at Preston Crown Court in northern England found David Duckenfield not guilty following a trial which lasted more than six weeks.
The prosecution in the case alleged Duckenfield, who is now 75, had a “personal responsibility” for what happened at the FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989, where 96 people — all Liverpool fans — were fatally injured in a crush inside the stadium.
Raiders stadium to be open in July
LAS VEGAS — The $2 billion stadium being built near the Las Vegas Strip for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders is not expected to have a roof in place until April but should be finished in summer.
Don Webb, the chief operating officer of a Raiders subsidiary that’s building the stadium, said the facility is still expected to be finished July 31.
Webb told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that about 1,000 workers are constructing the stadium six days a week. The laborers have 43,000 tasks and are ahead of their projected completion dates, he said.
Janka leads Cup downhill training
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Nearly a decade after his last World Cup downhill win, Carlo Janka was fastest in a training run Thursday for the season-opening speed race.
The 33-year-old Swiss skier was 0.14 seconds faster down the Lake Louise course than Matthias Mayer, the 2014 Olympic champion.
Another Austrian, Vincent Kriechmayr, was third fastest. He trailed 0.34 behind Janka, who clocked the fastest speed of 77 mph.
Besseling in lead after first round
MALELANE, South Africa — Wil Besseling shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship — the European Tour’s 2020 season-opening event.
Besseling made six birdies, an eagle and just one bogey at Leopard Creek Country Club on Thursday to sit one stroke ahead of Garrick Porteous, Pablo Larrazabal and Keith Horne.
Besseling was one of the players to wear shorts in sweltering temperatures in northern South Africa, taking advantage of a decision by organizers to allow shorts in tournament play for the first time on the European Tour.
FIFA bans an African soccer official
ZURICH — FIFA has banned a leading African soccer official who faces trial for war crimes in The Hague.
Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona was banned for six years and eight months by FIFA ethics judges on Thursday, for charges including “discrimination and of failing to protect, respect or safeguard integrity and human dignity.” He was fined 500,000 Swiss francs ($500,000).
Ngaïssona was president of the Central African Republic soccer body for more than a decade since 2008. He was elected last year to the Confederation of African Football executive committee.