Tech's Molesworth, Hopcroft earn Frontier honors
The Montana Tech volleyball team keeps rolling along and it took standout efforts from Angela Molesworth and Sabrina Hopcroft to keep it things moving in the right direction.
Molesworth was selected as t the Frontier Conference’s Attacker of the Week, and Hopcroft was recognized as the Defender of the Week after the Orediggers posted wins over Montana Western and Rocky Mountain College.
Molesworth had 24 kills last week, with 14 of them coming in Tech’s four-set win over Rocky. The other 10 came in a five-set triumph over Western.
Molesworth averaged 2.67 kills per set to become the Attacker of the Week for the third time this season.
Hopcroft, also a three-time honoree this season recorded 58 digs in the Orediggers’ two wins. The native of Florence averaged 6.56 digs per set.
The Orediggers will return home on Saturday for their final match of the regular season. They will host MSU-Northern before moving on to the Frontier Conference Tournament in Helena.
Bears tight end underwent "urgent" surgery on knee
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears say tight end Zach Miller had "urgent" surgery to repair an artery in his left leg after suffering a gruesome injury in Sunday's loss at New Orleans.
The team says the operation Sunday to repair a torn popliteal artery was successful. Miller remains at University Medical Center New Orleans.
Miller dislocated his knee when he landed in the end zone attempting to catch a 25-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell Trubisky. The injury, which was replayed several times on the scoreboard, forced the 33-year-old tight end to be carted off and taken to the hospital.
After a replay review, officials ruled the ball hit the ground when Miller bobbled it on his way down.
Gun Runner is 9-5 favorite for Breeders' Cup Classic
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Gun Runner, the top older horse on the East Coast, is the slight 9/5 favorite for the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Del Mar.
He will break from the No. 5 post while defending champion Arrogate starts from the rail as the 2-1 second choice.
Del Mar is hosting the $28 million, 13-race Breeders' Cup for the first time. The season-ending championships open with four races on Friday followed by nine, including the Classic, on Saturday.
Gun Runner arrives on a three-race winning streak, all Grade 1 stakes, for trainer Steve Asmussen. The 4-year-old posted dominant victories in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs and the Whitney and Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. His last defeat was to Arrogate in Dubai.
Arrogate, the world's all-time leading money earner with $17.3 million, is one of four Classic runners trained by Bob Baffert. He also sends out Collected (6-1), Mubtaahij (12-1) and Travers winner West Coast (6-1) in the richest race of the weekend.
NCAA: Major changes needed to regain public's trust
WASHINGTON (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert says major changes are needed in college basketball before the 2018-19 season to show the public that the governing body is capable of running the sport in the wake of a bribery scandal.
Emmert spoke Monday at a meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. His comments were his most extensive since federal investigators in New York accused coaches at several schools, financial managers and an Adidas executive of using bribes to influence players' choices of schools, shoe sponsors and agents. The revelations led to the firing of Louisville coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich.
The NCAA this month created a commission chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to recommend changes for college basketball. Emmert says reform is necessary because "the public doesn't have sufficient confidence in any of us in terms of our ability to resolve these issues."