Here’s a look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Monday, Dec. 15.
GREEN BAY GREAT DIES
A big part of the Green Bay Packers’ great teams in the 60’s has passed away. The team has confirmed that Fuzzy Thurston has died at the age of 80. He played on five Green Bay teams that won the NFL championship in the 60’s and was best known for his blocking on the Packers’ famed power sweep. He was also on the 1958 Baltimore Colts’ squad that beat the Giants in the NFL title game.
SWEET 16 FOR WARRIORS
The Golden State Warriors needed five extra minutes to extend their team-record winning streak to 16 games.
Stephen Curry scored eight of his 34 points in overtime to lead the Warriors past the Pelicans 128-122 in New Orleans. Klay Thompson contributed 29 points for the Warriors, whose franchise-long winning streak includes a club-record, 10 straight road victories. Andre Iguodala added a season-high 20 points to help Golden State improve to a league-best 21-2.
Checking out the rest of the NBA schedule:
KINGS FIRE MALONE
The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Michael Malone just 24 games into his second season with the team.
A person with knowledge of the move confirmed the firing Sunday night on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced it yet. The firing was first reported by Yahoo Sports.
Malone went 39-67 after being hired in June 2013 by new owner Vivek Ranadive. Sacramento is 11-13 this season and has lost seven of nine games since star center DeMarcus Cousins was sidelined with viral meningitis.
Assistant coach Tyrone Corbin will take over as interim coach. Corbin went 112-146 in three-plus seasons as coach of the Utah Jazz and was not offered a contract after last season.
CARDINALS STILL UNBEATEN
Fourth-ranked Louisville is 9-0 after surviving a tougher-than-expected game against UNC Wilmington.
The Cardinals blew most of an 18-point lead in the second half before holding off the Seahawks 68-57. UNCW trailed just 52-50 until Terry Rozier scored six of Louisville’s 10 points. Rozier and Montrezl Harrell each finished with 19 points, with Harrell also grabbing 17 rebounds.
In other top-25 men’s basketball action:
POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN SHOOTING OF AUBURN PLAYER
Police say they’ve arrested a 22-year-old man in the fatal shooting of Auburn football player Jakell Lenard Mitchell at an off-campus apartment early Sunday morning. Auburn Police Capt. Will Matthews issued an agency statement saying that Markale Deandra Hart of Camp Hill, Alabama, has been arrested on a felony warrant charging him with murder.
Police also disclosed in the statement that Mitchell received multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.