Quick hits — First black woman to win Olympic gold dies

July 15, 2014 

Olympics

First black woman to win Olympic gold dies

— The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died early Monday in south Georgia. She was 90. Davis’ death was confirmed by her daughter, Evelyn Jones. Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London with an American and Olympic record of 1.68 meters (5.51 feet), according to USA Track and Field. Davis was inducted to the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1975 and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004. Davis was the only American woman to win a gold medal at the 1948 games. According to Olympic historian David Wallechinsky, Coachman was honored with a 175-mile motorcade in Georgia when she returned from London. However, the black and white audiences were segregated at her official ceremony in Albany. Recollecting her career in the 2004 interview, Davis speculated that she could have won more Olympic medals, but the Olympics weren’t held in 1940 or 1944 because of World War II. She retired at age 25 after winning gold.

Auto Racing

Darlington president to drive stock car

— Darlington Raceway president Chip Wile will drive a 3,300-pound stock car Saturday in a celebrity competition at Dillon Motor Speedway. Wile is among several area leaders racing at the track, a paved oval of about four-tenths of a mile. The event will have two cars on the track competing in multiple elimination rounds. The two drivers who make it through to the finals will race for a $3,000 first prize that will be donated to the winner’s charity of choice.

TV and Sports

Fox replaces Oliver with Andrews

— Fox Sports says longtime reporter Pam Oliver is being “elevated” to senior correspondent, and Erin Andrews will take her place as the sideline reporter for the network’s top NFL announcing team. Fox Sports president Eric Shanks says Oliver will continue to work as sideline reporter this season with the announcing team of Kevin Burkhardt and analyst John Lynch. Oliver’s role will expand to include interviews and commentary on other Fox and Fox Sports 1 shows. Andrews will take over as the sideline reporter for Fox’s top NFL team of Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman.

Basketball

U.S. chooses 19 players for national team

Derrick Rose and four returnees from the 2012 Olympic men’s basketball champions are among the 19 players selected for this summer’s U.S. national team roster. Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis were the four holdovers, along with new additions DeMar DeRozan of Toronto and Chandler Parsons, who is leaving Houston for Dallas. The rest of the roster: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (Golden State), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Paul George (Indiana), Damian Lillard (Portland), Gordon Hayward (Utah), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Bradley Beal (Washington), Andre Drummond (Detroit), Kenneth Faried (Denver) and Kyle Korver (Atlanta).

Basketball entrepreneur Louis ‘Red’ Klotz dies

— The basketball barnstormer who owned the Washington Generals and other teams that lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters has died. Louis “Red” Klotz was 93. The Press of Atlantic City reported Klotz died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Margate, N.J. Klotz formed a working relationship with the Globetrotters in 1952, putting together the opposing teams that almost always lost.

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