Friday, January 30, 2015
Professional Sports
Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita has brain disorder

The family of Stan Mikita says the Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Famer has been diagnosed with a suspected brain disorder.

Mikita's family issued a statement Friday saying the 74-year-old is "facing some serious health issues" and has suspected Lewy body dementia. Family members say he is "under the care of compassionate and understanding care givers." They offered no other information on Mikita's condition.

Algerian club awaits CAS verdict on Champions League ban

Algerian club JS Kabylie should know within two weeks whether its ban from the African Champions League has been overturned, following the death of a player during fan violence last year.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it aims to give an urgent verdict on the club's appeal before the 2015 competition starts.

Fiorentina's Cuadrado set to complete Chelsea move

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has confirmed Juan Cuadrado is set to complete a move to Chelsea, with Mohamed Salah moving on loan in the opposite direction.

Cuadrado is expected to undergo a medical in London on Saturday ahead of signing a permanent deal with the Premier League club.

Carroll: Decision to play is Sherman's if baby arrives early

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says it will be Richard Sherman's decision whether to play in Sunday's Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labor with the couple's first child sooner than expected.

Carroll said during a joint press conference with New England coach Bill Belichick on Friday that family comes first and "if (Sherman) is faced with that decision, we'll support him."

Underdogs have their day in African Cup quarterfinals

It's a list of pretty unlikely contenders.

Equatorial Guinea has just one previous appearance at the African Cup of Nations. Republic of Congo hadn't won a game at the championship in over 40 years before last week. Congo missed out completely in three of the last four tournaments. Even Tunisia, the champion in 2004, has been humble about its chances in 2015.

Stoke defender Robert Huth banned after social media posts

Stoke defender Robert Huth has been banned for two matches after admitting to making inappropriate posts on social media.

The German center back responded on his Twitter account to tweets of sexual images which asked users to guess their gender.

Reliever Neal Cotts and Brewers agree to $3 million contract

Reliever Neal Cotts and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 2-9 with a 4.32 ERA and two saves in a career-high 73 relief appearances for Texas last season, a year after going 8-3 with a 1.11 ERA in 58 games with the Rangers. Cotts has held opponents to a .223 average during the past two seasons with 128 strikeouts in 123 2-3 innings.

Pot charge dropped against Patriots' Blount near Pittsburgh

Prosecutors have dropped a marijuana charge against New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount that stemmed from an August arrest with former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Le'Veon Bell.

A district judge near Pittsburgh last month told Blount the charge would go away if the player completed 50 hours of community service by Feb. 4.

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