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Sports news briefs — May 6

Compiled from wire reports


Former Flyers star Lonsberry dies at 67

 Ross Lonsberry, who played for the Los Angeles Kings from 1969 until early 1972 and went on to be part of the Philadelphia Flyers’ Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1974 and 1975, died of cancer Sunday in Santa Clarita, Calif. He was 67 and had lived in Southern California since he retired from the NHL in the early 1980s. He was a key member of the Flyers’ “Broad Street Bullies” teams, contributing 32 goals in the 1973-74 season — plus four in the playoffs — and 24 goals in the 1974-75 season.

• The Nashville Predators hired Peter Laviolette, who becomes only the second coach in the franchise’s history. The team also announced Kevin McCarthy was hired as an assistant. Laviolette, who signed a multi-year contract, will take over in Nashville once he finishes coaching the United States at the 2014 World Championship. He coached Carolina to a Stanley Cup in 2006 and took Philadelphia to the Stanley Cup finals in 2010.


Seattle’s Chancellor undergoes surgery

• Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor underwent hip surgery. No details were released by the team regarding what the surgery fixed in Chancellor’s hip, only that the surgery took place a month ago. Chancellor was a second-team All-Pro selection this past season after having 93 total tackles and three interceptions during the regular season.

• A month after being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Derrick Brooks will become the newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor. The team announced that the nine-time All-Pro linebacker who led the Bucs to their only Super Bowl title 11 seasons ago will also have his No. 55 jersey retired during a ceremony at halftime of a home game against the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 14.

• Kentucky extended the contract of coach Mark Stoops through the 2018 season. The team struggled in Stoops’ first season, going 2-9 and 0-7 in the Southeastern Conference.


Warriors fire Jackson after three seasons

• The Golden State Warriors fired Mark Jackson, ending the franchise’s most successful coaching tenure in the past two decades but also one filled with drama and distractions. Jackson’s three seasons with the Warriors will be remembered for the way he helped turn a perennially losing franchise into a consistent winner and the bold and bombastic way in which he did it. The Warriors were 51-31 this season before losing to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round.

• Philadelphia 76ers guard and NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams underwent successful surgery to repair the labrum of his right shoulder. Carter had the surgery Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

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Former WBA champ Ellis is dead at 74

Jimmy Ellis, who beat Jerry Quarry to become World Boxing Association heavyweight champion in 1968 and fought the era’s best fighters including his friend, Muhammad Ali, died Tuesday in Louisville, Ky. He was 74. He had suffered from dementia for more than a decade. Ellis won the WBA belt that Ali held until he was stripped of his titles for refusing induction into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was WBA champion until Joe Frazier defeated him in February 1970 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

• Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem, 20, scored the biggest victory of his young career when he rallied for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over third-ranked Stanislas Wawrinka at the Madrid Open.

• Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal was scheduled for knee surgery today, just five weeks before his country’s World Cup opener.

• Crew chief Kenny Francis was fined $25,000 for rules violations during qualifying for the Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 car failed the minimum weight requirement and was forced to start in the back of the field for Sunday’s race.

— From wire reports


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