College

Four VU athletes earn Summit League honors: Four Valparaiso student-athletes were recognized Thursday for the Summit League's Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence.

Men's swimmers Robert Bretl and Grant Girten plus men’s tennis members Brandon Ancona and Franklin Brozovich received the honor.

To qualify for the list, student-athletes must have at least a 3.5 cumulative career grade point average on a 4.0 scale, must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters at the institution and must have used at least a season of competition.

Pro basketball

Bulls waive guard Sean Kilpatrick: The Bulls have waived guard Sean Kilpatrick.

Signed in late March, Kilpatrick averaged 15.4 points in nine games for Chicago after spending time last season with the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. He has averaged 10.3 points in four seasons after going undrafted out of Cincinnati.

The Bulls announced the move on Thursday.

Ex-Bulls star Oakley arrested at Las Vegas casino: Former Bulls and Knicks star Charles Oakley is being accused of gambling fraud after a wager at a Las Vegas casino last weekend, casino regulators said Thursday.

Oakley was arrested Sunday at the Cosmopolitan casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip on suspicion of committing or attempting to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said in a statement. The agency said Oakley is suspected of "adding to or reducing his wager" on a game after the outcome was known.

Oakley was booked and later released from jail. The regulatory agency would not release details of the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

The Cosmopolitan said in a statement that it had "no details with regards to any alleged activity and will not comment on our guests' experience."

Oakley's attorney, David Chesnoff, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he is "presently investigating the facts." Court records show Oakley is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 7.

The felony count carries between one and six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Las Vegas-based attorney Adam Solinger, who is not involved in Oakley's case, said very few people end up with a felony conviction when they commit a gambling violation.

Pro football

NFL announces latest winners of research competition: The NFL has three new winners of a research competition aimed at improving equipment and player safety.

The league announced the results Thursday along with Football Research Inc. and Duke University's Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which operates the TECH Challenges.

FieldTurf, Corsair Innovations and Yobel Technologies captured HeadHealthTECH Challenge IV. The goal is to stimulate research and innovation in protective equipment, including helmets, turf systems and shoulder pads.

The TECH Challenge has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to help advance the development of 11 new technologies.

NFL, American Cancer Society award $3.2 million in grants: The NFL has partnered with the American Cancer Society and awarded $3.2 million in grant funding to address disparities in breast cancer mortality that exist among women of color.

The grants were made to 32 health systems, with each clinic receiving $100,000 over two years. They'll target underserved populations, with a focus on African-American communities, and will fund care such as breast cancer screening, follow-up of abnormal mammograms and access to specialty care.

Since 2009, the NFL's Crucial Catch campaign has raised more than $18 million in support of the American Cancer Society. Health system grants to date have reached more than 632,000 individuals and contributed to 138,000 breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings.

Pro golf

Suwannapura leads after first round at LPGA Marathon Classic: Thidapa Suwannapura shot a 6-under-par 65 to take the first-round lead at the Marathon Classic on Thursday.

Suwannapura, who has three top-10 finishes in 120 career LPGA Tour events, birdied five of the final six holes, including the par-5 18th at Highland Meadows. The Thai player had her last top-10 finish in 2014 at the Kingsmill Invitational. Her best performance this season was a tie for 18th three weeks ago in Arkansas.

Seven players, including defending champion I.K. Kim and former No. 1 Yani Tseng, were a stroke behind at 66.

Sei Young Kim, who shot an LPGA Tour-record 31-under 257 to win last week's event in Wisconsin, was four shots back.

 

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