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Former NBA player, broadcaster Hundley, 80

Former NBA player Hot Rod Hundley, who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans and Utah for 35 years and also was a broadcaster for the Suns and Lakers, died yesterday at his home in the Phoenix area. He was 80.

Hundley, who broadcast 3,051 Jazz games from 1974- 2009, averaged 24.5 points in three varsity seasons at West Virginia. He was drafted first overall by the Cincinnati Royals in 1957 and was traded to the Lakers, for whom he played six seasons in Minneapolis and Los Angeles.BASEBALL AND PEDS

A-Rod's cousin pleads guilty

Yuri Sucart, 52, a cousin of Alex Rodriguez who was his longtime personal assistant and the last remaining defendant in the Biogenesis probe, pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge. Sucart admitted in Miami federal court that he conspired with others to distribute human growth hormone to athletes, some of high school age. Under a plea agreement, Sucart faces between 8 and 14 months in prison at sentencing June 4.

Ortiz fights allegations through Jeter's website

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: "I never knowingly took any steroids." And this, too: "I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame." The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in a column Thursday for The Players' Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives professional athletes a platform.

In 2009, Ortiz was on a list of 104 players who allegedly tested positive in MLB's 2003 survey of steroid use -- results that were supposed to be anonymous.


Brawl after players are hit by objects

The European championship qualifying match between Montenegro and Russia in Podgorica was abandoned after two Russian players were struck by objects thrown from the crowd. The Group G game was called with the score at 0-0.


Walker leads Texas Open

Jimmy Walker shot 5-under-par 67 in the Texas Open in San Antonio to take a one-stroke lead . . . Colin Montgomerie and Joe Durant shared the lead at 5-under 67 after the first round of the Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier. -- AP


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