Ex-NBA star guard Robinson dies at 72
• Flynn Robinson, who was on the 1971-72 Lakers team that won Los Angeles its first NBA title, died Thursday at a Los Angeles hospital from cancer at age 72. The reserve guard was dubbed “Mr. Instant Point” by Lakers announcer Chick Hearn. He averaged nearly 10 points in 16 minutes off the bench during the season. He averaged 14 points per game in his NBA career. Robinson was an All-Star with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1969-70 season and during his eight years in the NBA also played for the Cincinnati Royals, Chicago Bulls and Baltimore Bullets.
Seahawks tight end is out after surgery
• The Seattle Seahawks lost backup tight end Anthony McCoy for possibly the entire season after he sustained a torn Achilles during an organized team activity earlier this week. The Seahawks confirmed McCoy’s injury on Friday, which was first reported by USA Today. McCoy has already undergone surgery to repair the injury and recovery time is typically six to nine months. McCoy went limping off the field late in Monday’s OTA that was open to the media. Trainers examined his ankle on the field before using a cart to take him into the team’s practice facility. McCoy was entering his fourth season with the Seahawks.
• A source tells the Associated Press that New York Jets running back Mike Goodson is expected to return to practice Tuesday despite his legal troubles. The source spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the team hasn’t announced anything regarding Goodson’s status. He missed the Jets’ first three organized team activity practices this week after being arrested last Friday on multiple charges of drug and weapons possession. He offered a plea of not guilty to all charges Wednesday in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, N.J.
• The Washington Redskins signed third-round pick Jordan Reed, putting all of their draft selections under contract for the 2013 season. The Redskins announced the deal Friday for the tight end from Florida. Reed led the Gators in receiving last year with 45 catches for 559 yards.
• Hall of famer Mike Ditka will have his No. 89 retired by the Chicago Bears this season. The Bears said the number will be retired at halftime of their Monday night game against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on Dec. 9, a fitting tribute for a player who revolutionized the tight end position with his pass-catching ability and later coached the 1985 team to the Super Bowl championship.
• Dick Evey, a two-way tackle who played most of his eight seasons in the NFL with the Bears, died Thursday at the Ben Atchley State Veterans Home in Knoxville after a long illness at age 72. Evey played from 1964-69 with the Bears, who selected him out of Tennessee in the first round of the 1964 NFL Draft. Evey played with the Los Angeles Rams in 1970 and the Detroit Lions in 1971.
Blue Jackets sign McElhinney, Melart
• The Columbus Blue Jackets signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney and defenseman Ilari Melart to one-year contracts. McElhinney has appeared in 69 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators. Melart, signed to an entry-level contract, spent the past several seasons playing in Europe.
• The 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia was canceled because of snow along the route and today’s penultimate stage was altered for the same reasons, leaving Vincenzo Nibali with a much milder finish to defend his lead.
• Portuguese soccer champion Porto agreed to sell midfielder Joao Moutinho and forward James Rodriguez to Monaco for 70 million euros ($91 million).
— From wire reports