Purdue coaching legend Joe Tiller dies in Wyoming
• Joe Tiller, who guided quarterback Drew Brees at Purdue and was the university’s winningest football coach, died of natural causes Saturday in Buffalo, Wyo., at age 74.
Tiller and Brees led Tiller’s “basketball on grass” spread offense to the 2000 Big Ten title and 2001 Rose Bowl, where Purdue lost to Washington 34-24.
“Coach Tiller was an important person in my life and to so many other guys who played for him,” said Brees, the New Orleans Saints star who played for Tiller from 1997 to 2000. “He did so much more than teach us how to win. He taught us life lessons and how to be great leaders and men.”
Tiller, a Toledo native, had an 87-62 record at Purdue from 1997 to 2008. Besides Brees, he coached NFL quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Curtis Painter.
Tiller was a star lineman at Montana State and played one season for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League.
He was an assistant at Purdue from 1983 to 1986, and an assistant at Wyoming and Washington State before becoming coach at Wyoming for six years. In 1996, he led Wyoming to the Western Athletic Conference title game.
Tiller was inducted into the Montana and Purdue halls of fame.
• Michigan suspended defensive back Nate Johnson indefinitely from all team activities for an undisclosed reason. Johnson played wide receiver last year as a freshman, catching one pass.
• Suspended Florida defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis is hospitalized in Gainesville, Fla., after a scooter crash near campus. Davis has “a long road ahead,” coach Jim McElwain said.
Blue Jackets top Penguins in NHL preseason game
• Matt Calvert and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored 68 seconds apart in the first period, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the host Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 in a preseason game Saturday.
• The Detroit Red Wings assigned defensemen Filip Hronek and Robbie Russo to Grand Rapids of the AHL.
Unseeded player captures Chinese tournament title
• Unseeded Caroline Garcia of France beat Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the Wuhan Open final in China.
• Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko beat Timea Babos of Hungary 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Tashkent Open in Uzbekistan.
Nine nations suspended from weightlifting for year
• Russia and China are among nine countries suspended from weightlifting for a year in an attempt to combat doping. Also suspended were Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Turkey, and Ukraine.
• Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari said freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt could miss the next three months after injuring his left foot in practice.
— From wire reports
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