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Mount Union to honor Alliance player at game

ALLIANCE

Mount Union’s men’s basketball team is hosting No. 25 in the nation Marietta in an Ohio Athletic Conference basketball game Wednesday at 7 p.m. at The MAAC.

During the pre-game Alliance High School alum and senior guard JJ Kukura will be recognized for going over 1,000 career points earlier this season. To celebrate this honor, anyone wearing Alliance Aviator gear will get in the game for free.

Also during halftime, the Mount Union football team will be recognized for winning its record 13th national title this past season.

The game will be broadcast live on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM.

NC State’s Johnson’s assault case resumes

CLEVELAND

The felony assault case involving suspended North Carolina State guard Markell Johnson will resume next week in his home state of Ohio.

According to the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, a pretrial hearing was held Monday and another is set for Jan. 16.

A court document says Johnson was among four people indicted Dec. 5 for causing “serious physical harm” to a male victim on or about Oct. 8. A police report states the victim reported having a broken orbital bone and a concussion while needing stitches after an argument escalated.

Court records show Johnson has pleaded not guilty and posted $5,000 bond on Dec. 20.

The sophomore was averaging 8.7 points and 6.6 assists before being indefinitely suspended last month.

Curry wants ownership stake in Panthers

OAKLAND, Calif.

As a longtime fan of the Carolina Panthers, Stephen Curry is absolutely interested in having an ownership stake in the team.

He reminds everyone his day job is as a star of the Golden State Warriors, so he wouldn’t be the kind of hands-on owner flying cross-country each week to attend major meetings. But the two-time MVP has people helping him explore options to buy into the franchise, which Jerry Richardson announced he would sell while he is under investigation for sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.

Bears hire Chiefs’ Nagy as head coach

LAKE FOREST, ILL.

The Chicago Bears have hired Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their new head coach, hoping he can help lift a foundering NFL franchise emerge from one of its worst runs in history.

The Bears announced the move Monday, a week after firing coach John Fox. The Bears are just 14-34 record in the past three years for a .292 winning percentage that ranks as the second-lowest in their history. They Bears were 5-11 this past season.

The 39-year-old Nagy spent the past 10 seasons working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. He did not call plays until late this season, but drew praise for his work with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

Jaguar says Incognito used racist slurs

JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue says Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito used “weak racist slurs” during their playoff game Sunday.

Ngakoue voiced his complaint on Twitter, calling out Incognito by his No. 64 jersey.

Ngakoue wrote: “Great win today! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I’m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. (hash)Iaintjonathanmartin!”

An NFL investigation found that Incognito and two Miami Dolphins teammates engaged in persistent harassment directed at fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the team in the middle of the 2013 season. Incognito was suspended for the final eight games and sat out the 2014 season before joining the Bills.

No other Jacksonville players mentioned racial slurs or Incognito in the locker room after the game.

Staff/wire report

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