Johnie Kirton, a fullback with the San Jose SaberCats in the Arena Football League, has died at 26, the team announced Tuesday.
The team said Kirton died Monday in Santa Clara, Calif. A cause of death wasn't given.
SaberCats players will honor Kirton's memory by wearing stickers on their helmets with his No. 37 during Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Mustangs.
---Alcorn State has hired Jay Hopson as its football coach.
Hopson, the former defensive coordinator at Memphis, was announced Monday. The school said on its website that it is the first Southwestern Athletic Conference program to hire a "non-black" as its head coach.
Hopson replaces Melvin Spears, who was fired in February after a 2-8 season.
Hopson played defensive back at Mississippi from 1988 to '91.
---Although this summer might seem like the appropriate time for New Jersey Devils' 40-year-old goalie Marty Brodeur to retire, he does not seem ready to hang it up yet.
Even if the Devils defeat the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday, Brodeur seems likely to return next season.
Asked Monday whether he expects to retire after this season, he told reporters, "I can't say no, but I doubt it. I'm really enjoying this. Regardless of what happens in this series, I think we made a great step last year at the end of the year and through this year to have a really good team and a good coaching staff together and it's fun. To me, it's all about having fun coming to the rink"
---Serena Williams was bounced from the French Open in a surprising upset.
Williams, one of the favorites to win the title this year, was knocked out by Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano, who is ranked 111th in the world, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, in a match that lasted more than four hours. The American blew a 5-1 lead in the second set.
The loss is Williams' first opening-round defeat in a major tournament.
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--- Loyola of Maryland earned the NCAA men's lacrosse national championship after beating the University of Maryland, 9-3, on Monday.
The victory comes three months after the Greyhounds began the season upset at being unranked in preseason polls.
This was the first NCAA title for Loyola, who finished the season 18-1.