SPORTSBRIEFING STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Thomas More vacates title
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. — Thomas More College will vacate its 2015 women’s basketball NCAA national championship due to major penalties and sanctions linked to a finding that the college failed to monitor its women’s basketball program.
The NCAA Div. III Committee found that three-time player of the year Sydney Moss received free housing by an assistant coach for eight months while she was recovering from knee surgery that ended her 2013-14 season.
It was announced on Tuesday that the team will vacate all 33 wins from the 2014-15 season among other penalites and sanctions.
Moss, daughter of former NFL star Randy Moss, led Thomas More to two straight 33-0 seasons and Division III titles in 2015 and 2016. Moss used up her eligibility and no longer attends Thomas More.
Corrections to all-star teams released recently:
United’s Colton Bowen was named to the Inter-Tri County League football first team and teammate Colton Graham to the second team.
East Liverpool’s Terran Stacey received honorable mention on the District 1 coaches volleyball team.
The names of West Branch’s Marshall Ney and Connor Hedrick were misspelled on the All-Mahoning/Columbiana/Portage County soccer large-school boys first team.
Steeler death investigated
BALDWIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in western Pennsylvania are investigating the death of a Pittsburgh-area man after some kind of incident following the Pittsburgh Steelers game.
Pittsburgh police said detectives started investigating after Allegheny County police informed them of the Baldwin Borough resident’s death.
Police said preliminary information indicates that the man was leaving Heinz Field on Sunday after the game when “there was an incident in which he sustained a head injury.”
The county medical examiner’s office said 44-year-old William Laughlin was pronounced dead shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday at his home.
The cause and manner of death are still under investigation. Police haven’t released any other information about the incident that led to the injury.
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