Sports Briefs

Published 11:26 pm Sunday, August 5, 2012

Cause of Crew player’s

death still undetermined

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso died Sunday morning at a central Ohio hospital, and no cause of death has been determined, a county coroner said.

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Urso, 22, was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Franklin County Coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak said. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Police were called to a bar in the city at about 12:50 a.m. and Urso was taken from there to the hospital, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Police officials did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press seeking details on the circumstances.



Bengals release former

free agent DE Harvey

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have released defensive end Derrick Harvey, who signed as a free agent last March.

Harvey played his first three seasons with Jacksonville, then two with Denver before leaving as an unrestricted free agent. The Bengals hoped he would give them more depth on the line.

He was released one week into training camp.

The Bengals (No. 14 in the AP Pro32) open their preseason on Friday against the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium.



Robert Morris soccer player

collapses, dies at practice

CHICAGO (AP) — A 19-year-old Robert Morris University soccer player has died after collapsing during practice.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office says Jesus Lupian of Des Plaines, Ill., collapsed on the field at the University of Illinois in Chicago on Wednesday evening. Officials say the Robert Morris team was using the UIC field as they worked to get ready for the upcoming season.

Robert Morris Provost Mablene Kruger says Lupian had just passed his sports physical. Kruger remembers the sophomore accounting student as “a wonderful young man.”

An autopsy was planned.



Niogerian soccer player

dies during team’s match

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Nigerian soccer player has collapsed and died during a second-division league game in Romania after doctors were unable to resuscitate him.

Bogdan Oprita, head of the local ambulance service, told national news agency Agerpres that FC Tulcea player Chinonso Ihelwere Henry collapsed during a game against FC Balotesti Sunday.

The game was played in the town of Baltoesti, north of Bucharest. Oprita said doctors were unable to save him after his heart stopped beating and he stopped breathing.

Oprita said an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death.

The 21-year-old Henry had been playing for Tulcea since 2010. He arrived in Romania in 2007.

No further details were immediately available.




Son of Eagles’ coach found

dead in training camp dorm

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his room at the club’s training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.

The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m., and that Garrett Reid was dead when a policeman arrived at the campus dormitory. A cause of death has not been determined.

“There were no suspicious activities,” Shupp said.

The 29-year-old Reid struggled with drug abuse for years and was imprisoned for a 2007 high-speed car crash in which another driver was injured. Police found heroin, which Reid admitted to using, and more than 200 pills in his car. When he surrendered to begin serving his sentence in that case, prison guards found Reid had tried to smuggle prescription pills into jail.

Reid seemed to have rebounded from his problems in recent times and was assisting the Eagles’ strength coaches at camp in an unofficial capacity, a not-uncommon sort of role for NFL coaches’ sons. Many of the coaches and staff stay in the Lehigh dorms.




Paul McCartney paid $1.57

for Olympic performance

LONDON (AP) — Don’t spend it all in one place, Paul.

London Olympic organizers say former Beatle Paul McCartney and other star performers who took part in the opening ceremony essentially donated their time — receiving a mere pound ($1.57) — for their performances.

The nominal fee was offered to make the Olympics contracts binding — but pales in comparison to the millions big names like McCartney can command for a stadium gig.

Other performers such as Mike Oldfield, Dizzee Rascal and Emeli Sande are also thought to have received the nominal fee.

Director Danny Boyle’s “Isles of Wonder” extravaganza featured British music that spanned generations, right up to live performances from two of the hottest homegrown acts of the moment: grime star Rascal and the band Arctic Monkeys.