KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) -- Rory McIlroy is claiming his first win of the new year - his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
One of the top power couples in sports announced their engagement on Twitter. A spokesman for McIlroy confirmed that he popped the question in Sydney, where Wozniacki is starting to prepare for the Australian Open in Melbourne.
McIlroy tweeted, ''Happy New Year everyone! I have a feeling it's going to be a great year!! My first victory of 2014.'' He added a hash tag, ''She said yes!!'' Wozniacki also tweeted the news. Their tweets included a photo collage of her engagement ring, a photo of them together and fireworks over the Sydney Harbor.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Chuck DeVoe, part of a group of businessmen who founded the Indiana Pacers, has died. He was 83.
Leppert Mortuary and Crematory Services funeral director Angela Johnson says DeVoe died Saturday. She did not know the cause of death. The Indianapolis Star reported family members said he died of melanoma. A moment of silence was held before the Pacers played the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.
DeVoe was team president from 1969-74 and board chairman from 1974-75. Bill York, the longtime head of statistics, says the Pacers wouldn't be in Indianapolis if DeVoe and his partners hadn't been so dedicated to keeping the team in the city.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Woodstock Club in Indianapolis on Jan. 12.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Johnny Orr, the fist-pumping basketball coach who led Michigan to the national title game and Iowa State into national prominence, has died. He was 86.
His death was confirmed Tuesday by Iowa State, where Orr led the Cyclones to a school-record 218 wins from 1980 until 1994.
Orr spent 29 seasons as a Division I coach. Twelve were at Michigan, where he guided the Wolverines to four NCAA tournament berths, the national title game in 1976 and 209 wins, the most in the school history.
Orr also spent three seasons at Massachusetts. The energetic and charismatic Orr finished with a career record of 466-346 and 10 NCAA tournament appearances.
''He was my hero,'' said Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, who grew up in Ames and played for three years under Orr.
Orr left UMass for Michigan and spent one season as an assistant before taking over as head coach in 1968.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The mother of former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the team Tuesday after exhuming his body so that his brain could be examined for evidence of a degenerative condition linked to repeated concussions.
The lawsuit, filed by Cheryl Shepherd in Jackson County (Mo.) circuit court, alleges Belcher was subjected to ''repetitive head trauma,'' and that the Chiefs failed to provide adequate medical care before Belcher killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide last December.
Shepherd is seeking a jury trial and judgment ''in excess of $15,000 for actual damages, punitive damages, and/or aggravating circumstances, for the cost of this action, and for such relief as the court deems fair and reasonable.''
Belcher's body was exhumed at a cemetery in Bay Shore, N.Y., at his family's request earlier this month so that his brain could be studied for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative neurological condition. CTE has been linked to multiple concussions and includes symptoms such as memory problems, behavioral changes and eventually dementia.
CTE has made headlines in recent years with the deaths of some former professional athletes, including former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau and former Bears safety Dave Duerson.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki withdrew from the Brisbane International due to a stomach illness before her scheduled second-round match Wednesday against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland.
Lisicki, seeded seventh, beat Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets in her first-round match and another win would have put her into a quarterfinal, potentially against No. 2 Victoria Azarenka.
She's the latest withdrawal from the tournament, a key warm-up for the Australian Open, following Ashleigh Barty's withdrawal from a second-round match against four-time major winner Maria Sharapova and former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki's absence due to a sore right shoulder.
Sydney International organizers announced Wednesday that Nicolas Almagro of Spain had withdrawn from next week's tournament due to a shoulder injury.
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