Hawkeyes sign power forward

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa has signed junior-college power forward Dale Jones, competing its six-player men’s basketball recruiting class for 2015.

Jones played at Waterloo West High before spending two seasons at Tyler Junior College in Texas. He’ll be a junior next season.

Jones, who is 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds, averaged 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds a game last season. He also shot 45 percent from 3-point range.

 

Former Bears star Buffone dies

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone, whose reputation for being a passionate football player carried over into his career as a sports broadcaster, was found dead of natural causes in his home Monday, according to police.

Buffone, 70, retired after the 1979 season with 24 career interceptions, the most for any Bears linebacker. He also held the team’s record for most games played with 186. He also had 10 fumble recoveries, nine forced fumbles and 37 sacks. He had 1,257 tackles, going over the 100 tackle mark in seven seasons.

A native of Yatesboro, Pennsylvania, Buffone was a fourth-round draft pick by the Bears in 1966 out of Louisville.

Bears chairman George McCaskey noted that Buffone’s relationship with the team’s fans continued beyond his playing days and continued in recent years on a Bears postgame show on WSCR radio station. 

“It drove him nuts when we didn’t play well and we always appreciated that he wore his heart on his sleeve because we knew how much he cares,” McCaskey said in a statement. 

 

Desisa, Rotich win Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — Lelisa Desisa won his first Boston Marathon in 2013 but had little time to celebrate because of the bombing of the event.

Desisa earned his second Boston Marathon title Monday, finishing in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 17 seconds to claim a golden olive wreath, the $150,000 first prize and a winner’s medal to replace the one he donated to the city in memory of the victims.

Kenya’s Caroline Rotich won the women’s race, beating Mare Dibaba in a shoulder-to-shoulder sprint down Boylston Street to win by 4 seconds.

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