Gregg Popovich to miss Spurs-Warriors Game 3 after wife's death

Gregg Popovich to miss Spurs-Warriors Game 3 after wife's death

Gregg Popovich will not be on the Spurs sideline for Game 3 against the Warriors Thursday night following the death of his wife, the team announced.

Erin Popovich died Wednesday at the age of 67 after having been ill “over an extended period,” according to ESPN.

Gregg Popovich, who coached a team practice on Wednesday, will be replaced by assistant coach Ettore Messina in San Antonio with the Spurs down 2-0 in the first-round playoff series.

Erin and Gregg were married for more than four decades and had two children together and two grandchildren. The couple met in the 1970s at the Air Force Academy when Greg was an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team. Jim Conboy, Erin’s father, was Air Force’s head athletic trainer at the time.

Gregg Popovich is mourning the loss of his wife Erin, who died Wednesday at the age of 67.

Gregg Popovich is mourning the loss of his wife Erin, who died Wednesday at the age of 67.

(Darren Abate/AP)

“We’re all suffering a profound loss to a really important member of our family and our team,” Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said Thursday, per ESPN. “Erin and Gregg were best friends who were together for 40 years, and Erin’s impact and influence on our organization, on our families, on our players and their families will be felt for years to come.

“I spoke to Pop this morning. He’s overwhelmed by the support. He’s very appreciative of the love that’s been shared with our group and with him and his family and Erin’s family. As you’d expect from Pop, he wants our focus to be about the game today, about this series, and that’s what today will be about. We’ll miss Erin a lot, and the focus of our team will be on supporting Pop. But we’ve got basketball to get back to.”

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Reds fire manager Bryan Price after 3-15 start to season

Reds fire manager Bryan Price after 3-15 start to season

The Reds have given Bryan Price the quick hook.

The team announced on Thursday that it has fired its manager along with pitching coach Mack Jenkins after a 3-15 start to the season.

Bench coach Jim Riggleman has been named the interim manager, while Triple-A Louisville manager Pat Kelly takes over as bench coach and Double-A Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin joins the major-league staff. The team said it will conduct a search for a permanent manager “later in the year.”

Price, who was in his fifth season with the Reds since replacing Dusty Baker in 2014, leaves Cincinnati with a 279-387 record. He was hired as pitching coach before the 2010 season.

Bryan Price is the first MLB manager to be fired this season.

Bryan Price is the first MLB manager to be fired this season.

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The last-place club has lost 10 of its last 11 games and trails the division-leading Pirates by nine games in the NL Central. The Reds are the first team to fire its manager this season.

Cincinatti has finished at the bottom of its division for three straight seasons and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2013.

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WWE legend Bruno Sammartino dead at 82

WWE legend Bruno Sammartino dead at 82

Bruno Sammartino, whose Hall of Fame WWE career earned him the nickname “The Living Legend,” has died at the age of 82, the WWE announced Wednesday morning.

Sammartino passed away with his wife and two children by his side, according to Pittsburgh’s CBS-KDKA. He reportedly died peacefully after suffering from health issues for the past several months.

Over a wrestling career that spanned nearly three decades, Sammartino was the longest-reigning WWE heavyweight champion in history. He defeated Buddy Rogers in 1963 to become the second-ever WWE champ and held the belt for eight years, which remains a record.

Sammartino, who was born in Italy but spent his adult life in Pittsburgh, headlined over 180 Madison Square Garden shows before retiring from the ring in 1981. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2013.

Fellow WWE stars and other celebrities paid tribute to Sammartino as news of his death emerged Wednesday.

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Police investigating Twitter threat against Jim Harbaugh

Police investigating Twitter threat against Jim Harbaugh

Police at the University of Michigan are investigating after a string of menacing Twitter posts from an account apparently belonging to a former football player referenced guns, violence and a potential threat against coach Jim Harbaugh.

Melissa Overton, the university’s deputy chief of police, confirmed to The Detroit News on Tuesday that the department is looking into the posts from the account linked to ex-Wolverines linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse after being made aware of them Monday night.

Overton did not identify the person behind the @ElyseeBoss account because the user has yet to be independently verified. She did not immediately return a request for comment from the Daily News Wednesday morning.

The account, which has since been locked and viewable only to verified followers, launched into a cryptic, unsettling rant Saturday night that continued over the next two days. The tweets have since been deleted, but screengrabs of them have appeared on Reddit.

The posts include:

“Michigan is open carry. Let’s not forget. Not your friend.”

“They sent someone to my crib before. I was nice enough to call the cops next time I’m calling the morgue. I’m talking with facts.”

“Let’s not have a murder case On your hands.”

Jim Harbaugh was referenced in an unsettling Twitter rant from an account linked to one of his former players at Michigan.

Jim Harbaugh was referenced in an unsettling Twitter rant from an account linked to one of his former players at Michigan.

(Chris O’Meara/AP)

Tweets published Sunday night expressed anger at Harbaugh regarding an apparent suspension the coach had given Mbem-Bosse.

“Within hours of my familiy crisis. “F–K YOU. GN [Good night]. It’s on tomorrow,” read one post.

“And was suspended for going take care of my family. You f–king [clown emojis],” read another that included a tag to Harbaugh’s official Twitter account.

Mbem-Bosse played in one game for Harbaugh in 2016 and was on the 2017 roster as a sophomore, but did not play.

In another post, the account shares a text message that appears to show the school informing him of a suspension on Nov. 16.

The university said in a statement Tuesday evening that Mbem-Bosse left the football program in November and is no longer with the team.

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John Amirante, longtime Rangers anthem singer, dead at 83

John Amirante, longtime Rangers anthem singer, dead at 83

John Amirante, the national anthem singer whose familiar voice filled Madison Square Garden before puck drop for 35 years, died Tuesday morning, the Rangers announced. He was 83.

“It is with great sadness our Rangers family shares the loss of legendary anthem singer John Amirante, who passed away this morning at 83,” the team wrote on Twitter.

“Our thoughts are with his wife Ann, his children and the entire Amirante family. We will forever remember and miss John @TheGarden.”

Amirante, a Rangers fan favorite and fixture of the franchise, ended his run as the team’s go-to anthem performer in 2015, though he later returned for occasional renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Last year, he received a huge ovation when he came out to sing the anthem before the Rangers’ Game 4 against the Senators in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

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