Ex-Texas, NFL RB Benson killed in accident
Former NFL running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36.
Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in the wreck Saturday night. He had no details about the accident.
Benson was a key player in the Longhorns' resurgence under coach Mack Brown, who said Sunday that Benson's death has left him grief-stricken.
"He was as good as you'll ever see as a football player and as tough as they come," said Brown, who recently returned to coach North Carolina following a long run at Texas. "But what I'll remember most is what a special, special person he was. We always enjoyed talking with him because he was such a bright and unique guy. There will never be another one like him, and he will be dearly missed by so many. It's just heartbreaking, but we feel very fortunate to have had him in our lives."
Benson played at Texas from 2001-2004 and his 5,540 yards ranks second at the university and ninth in NCAA history. He won the Doak Walker award, given to the nation's top running back, in 2004.
Benson was drafted No. 4 overall by the Bears in 2005. He had his finest years with Cincinnati from 2008-11. (AP)
Whitaker, who called the first Super Bowl, dies at 95: Sportscasting icon Jack Whitaker, who announced the very first Super Bowl for CBS Sports among other milestone events during a decades-long career, has died at 95.
The longtime broadcaster died in his sleep Sunday in Devon, Pa., according to CBS News.
Whitaker spent more than two decades working for CBS Sports, where his coverage included football, golf, boxing, soccer, baseball and horse racing. He worked on each of the first 21 Super Bowls, as well as the four PGA majors and Triple Crown races. (New York Daily News)
STLFC falls in Indy: Reserves Tyler Pasher and Dane Kelly came off the Indy Eleven bench to score second-half goals in a 2-1 victory over St. Louis FC Sunday evening in United Soccer League Championship action at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
STLFC midfielder Lewis Hilton scored on a late free kick for the visitors, who saw their record slip to 6-8-8. Indy Eleven is 13-4-4 and stretched its home unbeaten streak dating back to last season to 19 games.
STLFC returns to action Saturday, playing in Canada against the Ottawa Fury FC (9-4-9). (Joe Lyons)
Keys, Medvedev take titles in Cincy: Madison Keys rallied late in both sets and beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6 (5) Sunday in Mason, Ohio, for her second title of the season and easily the biggest of her career. After flameouts in her last three tournaments and a tough draw for the week, she couldn't imagine the outcome.
Back on the court to receive the trophy, she told the crowd: "If you told me this is where I would be a week ago, I would have laughed in your face!"
She'll move up to the No. 10 ranking after a gritty showing that was typical of her week. She broke Kuznetsova to pull even in both sets at 5-5 and then pulled them out with a steady serve.
On the men's side, Russian Daniil Medvedev beat David Goffin 7-6 (3), 6-4 for his first Masters 1000 title. It was his third straight final, but the first time he'd won. (AP)
Pritchett ends NHRA drought: Leah Pritchett ended a 26-event winless streak Sunday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway. Pritchett beat Mike Salinas in the final with a 4.066-second run at 235.72 mph for her eighth-career Top Fuel title. Ron Capps gave Don Schumacher Racing the Funny Car victory, topping Tommy Johnson. Minnesota driver Jason Line won in Pro Stock. (AP)