The Dayton men’s basketball team will name the team’s defensive player of the year award after the late Steve McElvene, a Flyer and New Haven player. The announcement was made Sunday at halftime of Dayton’s 72-48 win over Richmond.
McElvene died of a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at home in New Haven in May 2016. He had just completed his redshirt freshman season with the Flyers, setting a single-season record of 56 blocked shots.
McElvene’s family was on hand for the halftime program, which recognized McElvene and the more than 75 people who benefited from his tissue donation after his death.
Brewers, Mets make trade
The New York Mets acquired outfielder Keon Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever Bobby Wahl and minor leaguers Adam Hill and Felix Valerio. The teams announced the trade Saturday. Broxton had four home runs, 11 RBI and a .179 batting average in 51 games for Milwaukee last season.
Timberwolves fire coach
The Minnesota Timberwolves fired coach Tom Thibodeau on Sunday, halfway into his third season with the team that began with the turmoil surrounding the eventual trade of All-Star Jimmy Butler. Thibodeau was dismissed about an hour after the 108-86 victory over the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers. Scott Layden will remain the general manager overseeing the basketball operations, and assistant coach Ryan Saunders will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The Athletic first reported that Thibodeau, who was also the president of basketball operations with full authority over the roster, had been let go.
Cavs sign guard to 10-day deal
Cleveland signed guard Cameron Payne to a 10-day contract. To make roster space, the Cavaliers waived swingman Patrick McCaw, who signed with the club as a free agent on Dec. 28. He played in three games with Cleveland. Payne averaged 5.7 points and 2.7 assists in 31 games – 12 starts – for Chicago before he was waived by the Bulls.
Kansas center out for season
Fifth-ranked Kansas will be without center Udoka Azubuike for the remainder of the season after an MRI exam revealed the 7-footer tore ligaments in his right hand during practice. Jayhawks coach Bill Self said in a statement that X-rays taken after Friday’s practice did not show the severity of the injury. The MRI exam revealed the tendon tear, which is similar to a torn tendon Azubuike had in his opposite hand in December 2016 that sidelined him the remainder of his freshman season.
Georgia safety to stay in school
Georgia safety J.R. Reed says he is returning for his senior season, giving the Bulldogs good news two days after the offense lost four juniors to the NFL draft. Reed announced on his Twitter account Sunday he made the decision after consulting with his family and Georgia coach Kirby Smart.
Browns interview Colts assistant
Cleveland interviewed Indianapolis defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, who met with Cleveland general manager John Dorsey and other members of the Browns front office Sunday, one day after his defense bottled up Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson in the Colts’ 21-7 wild-card win. Before joining Indianapolis this season, Eberflus was the linebackers coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
British star Rooney arrested
Soccer star Wayne Rooney was arrested last month at a Washington-area airport on a charge of public intoxication, authorities said Sunday. The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia said Rooney, who plays for DC United, was jailed Dec. 16 after his arrest on the misdemeanor charge by police at the Dulles International Airport in Virginia and then released on his own recognizance. The sheriff’s office released a mugshot from his booking that showed Rooney in what appeared to be an orange jail jumpsuit. Court documents say Rooney was charged with public swearing and intoxication. He paid a $25 fine Friday. Rooney, 33, previously starred with Manchester United of the British Premier League, scoring 208 goals.
Peak Performer misidentified
The Peak Performers published on Page 2B Sunday gave the wrong first name of a girls nominee for Player of the Week. Reace Peppler scored 21 points in Angola’s win over Fremont.