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Sports Digest: Soccer writer Grant Wahl had aortic aneurysm

FOOTBALL

Grant Wahl died of a ruptured blood vessel after being injured while covering a World Cup match last weekend, according to an autopsy performed by the well-known American football author.

Wahl’s wife, Dr. Celine Gounder said Wednesday that an autopsy was being performed by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Grant died from the rupture of a slow-growing, undetected ascending aortic aneurysm with hemopericardium,” she wrote on her husband’s website, referring to the wall surrounding the heart. “The chest pressure he felt just before his death may have been the first symptoms. No resuscitation or shocks would have saved him. His death was unrelated to COVID. His death was unrelated to vaccination status. There was nothing shameful about his death.”

Wahl, 49, was struck early on Saturday in the media stand at Qatar’s Lusail Iconic Stadium during extra time in Argentina’s quarter-final game against the Netherlands. Rescue workers attended to him immediately and treated him for 20 to 30 minutes before taking him away on a stretcher, reporters near him said.

UNIVERSITIES

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Luna Love scored 15 points and led Central Maine Community College (14-0, 6-0 YSCC) to a 73-40 win over Southern Maine Community College (10-3, 6-1) in South Portland.

Kali Thompson added 10 points and 11 rebounds for CMCC, who led 29-20 at halftime before opening the game by a 23-9 lead in the third quarter.

Maddie York advanced SMCC by 15 points. Jaylyn Bartolome scored 14.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Former Arizona coach Sean Miller escaped sanctions when a report by the Independent Accountability Resolution Process largely accepted the program’s self-imposed penalties stemming from a 2017 case of NCAA rule violations.

Arizona’s track and field program has been placed on a three-year probationary period until 2025. The school announced a one-year postseason ban in December 2020, effective for the 2020-21 season.

BASKETBALL

NBA: The NBA and its players now have until Feb. 8 if either side wishes to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement after the league’s board of governors approved a plan to postpone the deadline.

The original opt-out deadline was Thursday. The sides agreed last week to push the date back and allow more time for talks in hopes of moving closer to a new CBA deal.

There are “ongoing efforts to reach a new agreement,” said the league and the National Basketball Players Association. The deadline could be pushed back again if the sides deem it necessary. If either side chooses not to, the current CBA expires on June 30.

GOLF

LIV GOLF: LIV Golf has added three tournaments to its 2023 schedule, two on courses and markets no longer played by the PGA Tour and a third on an Oklahoma course that previously hosted an LPGA Tour event.

The Saudi Arabian-funded rival league has now announced seven venues for their 14-tournament schedule next year.

LIV said it would go to The Gallery in Dove Mountain in the high desert north of Tucson, Arizona, where the Accenture Match Play Championship was held in 2007 and 2008, before moving to another site in Dove Mountain.

Also on the itinerary is the Old White Course at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, which hosted a PGA Tour event from 2010-2019.

Cedar Ridge in the suburbs of Tulsa, Oklahoma will host a LIV Golf event May 12-14, the same week that the PGA Tour in the Dallas area is approximately five hours away for AT&T Byron Nelson.


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