SPORTS DIGEST || Phantoms lose fifth straight in 5-3 loss

Phantoms lose fifth straight in 5-3 loss


The Youngstown Phantoms were tied with Cedar Rapids after the first period. But a combination of penalties and shooting from the RoughRiders led to a 5-3 road loss on Friday, the Phantoms’ fifth straight defeat.

Cedar Rapids forward Marc McLaughlin scored twice for the RoughRiders.

His second goal was scored during a power play 2:29 into the third and pushed the lead to 4-1.

Michael Regush, Chase Gresock and Matthew Barry scored for the Phantoms.

Gresock and Barry’s goals came in the closing minutes.

Julius ‘Dr. J’ Irving falls ill at 76ers game


Hall of Famer Julius Erving fell ill at the Philadelphia 76ers’ game Friday night and was taken to a hospital.

There was no immediate update on his condition.

“Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving fell ill at tonight’s game and was taken to a local hospital, where he is currently being evaluated. He is expected to be released after the evaluation,” said a statement on behalf of Erving’s management team and the Sixers.

Erving, 67, attended the game and rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff. The dunker more commonly known as “Dr. J” was honored by the team to mark 35 years since he threw down his famous cradle dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Erving led the Sixers to their last NBA championship in 1983 and was 1981 NBA MVP.

Raiders to announce Gruden hiring Tuesday


The Oakland Raiders are set to bring Jon Gruden back for a second stint as coach.

A person with knowledge of the team’s plans said the Raiders are planning a news conference Tuesday to announce that Gruden is leaving the broadcast booth to come back to coaching. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has made no formal announcement.

Gruden spent four years as coach for the Raiders before being dealt to Tampa Bay, where he beat Oakland in the Super Bowl following his first season in 2002. Gruden has been out of coaching for nine years.

College coach accused of punching official


Authorities say a college men’s basketball coach in Wisconsin has been arrested for allegedly punching an official after a game.

The State Journal reports that UW-Rock County coach Jamal Mosley is accused of punching Madison official Pat Henderson after Rock County’s 80-76 loss at UW-Waukesha on Wednesday night.

Mosley was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and battery. He has not been formally charged.

A UW Colleges spokeswoman says Mosley has been placed on paid leave and an internal investigation is being conducted.

Mosley was hired to coach UW-Rock County’s men’s basketball team in 2016. Previously, he was the coach of men’s and women’s basketball at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton.

Henderson declined to comment about the incident but says he has officiated basketball games for 33 years.

Leishman opens with a 67 to lead at Kapalua


Coming off his best year, Marc Leishman got off to an ideal start in 2018 with eight birdies and a 6-under 67 for a one-shot lead in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Leishman ran off four straight birdies around the turn and holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. He was one shot ahead of Brian Harman and Jhonattan Vegas in strong wind.

Rickie Fowler overcame a double bogey on the 13th hole with two straight birdies and an eagle on the final hole. He shot 69, along with Dustin Johnson and Si Woo Kim.

Defending champion Justin Thomas opened with a 71. Jordan Spieth, who had never shot over par in 12 previous rounds at Kapalua, shot 75.

Staff/wire report

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