Wichita State Shockers

Deaths

Nathan Johnson, who pitched at Butler Community College in 2006 and 2007, died Tuesday from injuries suffered during a Toughman fight Saturday in Oklahoma City. Johnson, 23, suffered a fractured skull and a cerebral hemorrhage. The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission is investigating the death.

Basketball

Former Kansas State coach Tex Winter, who led the Wildcats to 261 wins and eight conference championships from 1954-68, is headed to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Winter led K-State to a 261-118 record, six appearances in the NCAA Tournament and two trips to the Final Four. He is second on K-State's career wins list behind Jack Hartman.

Following his departure from K-State in 1968, Winter coached at Washington, Northwestern and Long Beach State as well as the NBA's Houston Rockets.

He spent many years with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers assisting and advising coach Phil Jackson, and is credited with creating the triangle offense.

He will be inducted into the Collegiate Hall with Christian Laettner, David Thompson, Jerry West, Sidney Wicks, Davey Whitney, Wayne Duke and Tom Jernstedt. The induction ceremony will take place on Nov. 21 at the College Basketball Experience in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

* Kansas State's Jacob Pullen and Kansas' Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich were among 30 midseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy announced Wednesday. The Naismith Trophy recognizes the national player of the year, and is presented during the Final Four.

* The Butler men clinched at least a share of the Jayhawk West title with a 65-50 victory over Cloud County. Brandon Hilyard hit five three-pointers and scored a team-high 17 points for the Grizzlies. Butler (25-4, 13-2) is a game ahead of Hutchinson with one game left in the regular season. Hutch beat Pratt 85-63.

* Alysia Hart scored 22 points and Abby Fawcett added 20 as Butler beat Cloud 74-63 for its fourth consecutive win.

* Manu Ginobili scored 26 points and made a spectacular block on Kevin Durant's would-be dunk late in the fourth quarter, leading San Antonio to a 95-87 win over Oklahoma City. Durant scored 21 points — the first time in 30 games he was held below 25 points.

* Celtics coach Doc Rivers says leading scorer Paul Pierce will not play when Boston takes on the NBA-leading Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. Rivers held Pierce was out of practice on Wednesday to protect the star forward's injured right thumb.

Baseball

Former Wichita State radio analyst Terry Elliot is suing the company that broadcast games for bonus money to which Elliot says he's entitled. The suit, filed Feb. 17 in Sedgwick County District Court, alleges that Elliot was not paid the full amount of bonuses he said he earned as BGM Sports Marketing's director of sales. Elliot was fired July 29 after 13 seasons as the full-time analyst. He said he was fired as sales director earlier in 2009.

Tennis

Emily Gerber of Newman was chosen Heartland Conference women's player of the week after winning a pair of matches last week.

* Andy Murray's first tournament since reaching the Australian Open final ended in the second round of the Dubai Championships, losing to Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4.

Football

The NFL says it will not discipline Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable after looking into allegations of domestic violence and his altercation with an assistant coach. Cable was accused of breaking assistant coach Randy Hanson's jaw and teeth in a training camp fight. The Napa County district attorney did not file charges. Cable admitted slapping his first wife more than 20 years ago but that did not warrant punishment because it happened before he joined the NFL, the league said.

* The Indianapolis Colts still want middle linebacker Gary Brackett on their roster. Just not as their franchise player. President Bill Polian said it was unlikely the Colts would use the franchise tag to keep Brackett around next season, though Polian remains hopeful something can be worked out before Brackett becomes an unrestricted free agent March 5. Today is the deadline to place a franchise or transition tag on a player. Brackett finished second on the team in 2009 with 99 tackles.

* Mosi Tatupu, a fullback and special teams player who became one of the most popular players in New England Patriots history, died Tuesday in Boston. A cause of death was not announced. Tatupu was chosen by the Patriots in the eighth round of the 1978 draft out of Southern California and played 13 of his 14 NFL seasons with the team.

* South Florida prosecutors say they won't file criminal charges against former Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin after investigating a woman's allegations that she was sexually assaulted by him. The woman filed a lawsuit earlier this month in Broward County Circuit Court claiming Irvin assaulted her in July 2007 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.

Soccer

Lauren Cheney scored in the 61st minute and Hope Solo saved two penalties as the United States beat Iceland 2-0 on in the opening round of the Algarve Cup in Vila Real Santo Antonio, Portugal. The first U.S. goal came courtesy of an own goal. The Americans will play Norway on Friday.

Horse racing

The Cherokee Nation has no plans to reopen Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, Okla., as a racetrack, although the facility could be used as a training track, tribal Chief Chad Smith said. When the Cherokee Nation bought the track in December, horsemen held a glimmer of hope that the Tahlequah-based tribe might revive racing at Blue Ribbon Downs, which shut down last year.

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