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SPORTSBRIEFING

Kent St. survives

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Anthony Roberts had a career-high 21 points, including a driving layup late in overtime as Kent State narrowly defeated Towson 84-80 on Monday night.

Danny Pippen had 17 points and five blocks for Kent State (2-0). Troy Simons added 16 points. Philip Whittington had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Flashes.

Kent State opened overtime with two steals — the first by Whittington, led to a Pippen dunk. Pippen drained a 3-pointer from the left side, boosting the lead to 77-72.

Brian Fobbs had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (2-1). Jason Gibson added 18 points. Dennis Tunstall had 12 points.

Allen Bertand pulled the Tigers to 77-75 with free throws at 1:06, but Roberts responded right away for Kent State with a layup.

The game was intense as regulation ended at 72-72 with 15 lead changes and seven ties.

Former Spartan star dies

DETROIT (AP) — Former Michigan State star and Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers has died at the age of 38.

A woman who identified herself as Cathy Rogers, his mother, confirmed the death Monday in a phone call from The Associated Press. Other details were not immediately known. Marshall Thomas, Rogers’ former basketball coach at Saginaw High School in Michigan, told MLive.com that Rogers died Monday of liver failure and also had cancer.

At Michigan State, Rogers was an All-American wide receiver who had 135 receptions for 2,821 yards in two seasons. He was college football’s top receiver in 2002 and the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft. He scored twice in his NFL debut, but suffered a broken collarbone that ended his rookie season and suffered the same injury a year later. Rogers failed a drug test in 2005 and was cut entering the next season. He had 36 career receptions for 440 yards receiving and four touchdowns in 15 NFL games.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Charles Rogers,” the Lions said in a statement. “From Saginaw to East Lansing to Detroit, Charles’ connection to the state of Michigan and its football community was felt by many during the course of his life. We extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his friends and family during this difficult time.”

Rogers is Michigan State’s all-time leader in touchdown catches with 27 and ranks third in school history in receiving yards and eighth in catches, all in just two seasons. He had a school-record 12 career 100-yard receiving games and is the only Spartans receiver with multiple 200-yard receiving games (school-record 270 vs. Fresno State in 2001 and 206 vs. Wisconsin in 2001).

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio called Rogers “an incredible talent.”

Memorial service set for Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An annual memorial service is set this week to honor the 75 lives lost in a 1970 plane crash involving Marshall University’s football team.

The service is set for noon Thursday in Huntington, West Virginia. Each year, the water at the Marshall Memorial Student Center’s fountain is turned off to remain silent until spring.

On Nov. 14, 1970, 36 football players and 39 coaches, administrators, community leaders, fans and crew died when the team’s chartered jet returning from a game at East Carolina crashed into a hill just short of the airport.

It remains the deadliest crash involving a sports team in U.S. history.

Next year will mark the crash’s 50th anniversary.

Pulisic to miss games

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — Christian Pulisic will miss the United States’ CONCACAF Nations League games against Canada and Cuba after leaving Chelsea’s match against Crystal Palace with a hip injury.

The 21-year-old attacker from Hershey, Pennsylvania, appeared to get hurt when he scored his fifth goal in three Premier League matches, colliding with goalkeeper Vicente Guaita during a header in the 79th minute Saturday. Pulisic became just the fourth American to score in three straight EPL games, after Roy Wegerle, Joe Max-Moore and Clint Dempsey.

“This was a collaborative decision with the club, looking after the best interests of the player,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said at training Monday. “It was a risk that we just weren’t willing to take at this time.”

Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley was to have been on the roster but was dropped after he hurt his right ankle during Sunday’s Major League Soccer title game.

“You see him laying everything on the line to win the game, and things like that happen,” Berhalter said. “It’s unfortunate.”

Seattle midfielder Christian Roldan and forward Jordan Morris were added to the 23-man roster after the Sounders’ 3-1 win over Toronto.

Minnesota defender Chase Gasper was dropped along with Salt Lake forward Corey Baird.

The U.S. plays Canada on Friday in Orlando and meets Cuba four days later at George Town, Cayman Islands. To advance to the Nations League semifinals, the Americans (1-1) must win both games and make up a goal difference of four against Canada (3-0).

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