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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, June 15, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Raptors exec accused of pushing deputy

news services

OAKLAND, Calif. – Authorities will push for a battery charge against Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri after the executive was accused of pushing and hitting a sheriff's deputy in the face as he tried to get onto the court after his team won the NBA title in Oakland, an official said Friday.

After the game Thursday against the Golden State Warriors, Ujiri was denied access to the court by the deputy because he didn't have a proper credential, Alameda County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Several bystanders intervened and Ujiri got onto the court without displaying any credentials, Kelly said.

Deputies later took witness statements and obtained video of the incident, he said.

A video of the altercation obtained by NBC Bay Area shows Ujiri and a deputy being held back courtside by several bystanders. It doesn't show a scuffle.

The Raptors said in a statement to The Associated Press that the team is cooperating with authorities.

FOOTBALL

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies

Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar TV deals, has died. He was 75. In a statement on the team's website, Bowlen's family says he died late Thursday at home surrounded by loved ones. The statement did not specify a cause of death. Bowlen had battled Alzheimer's for several years. Bowlen, elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, was the first owner in NFL history to have his team win 300 games – including playoffs – in three decades. He had as many Super Bowl appearances (seven) as losing seasons, and the Broncos had a 354-240-1 record since he bought the team in 1984. Under Bowlen's stewardship, the Broncos won Super Bowls in 1998, '99 and 2016. 

Bears sign their top draft choice

The Chicago Bears signed third-round draft pick David Montgomery. The running back from Iowa State was the first player taken by the Bears after they traded up with New England to grab him at No. 73 overall. Chicago had previously traded away its first and second-rounders.

Coate earns spot on CFL roster

Saint Francis graduate Seth Coate has been named to the active roster for the Ottawa Redblacks and is expected to start in the team's Canadian Football League opener today at Calgary. Coate, a 2012 Homestead graduate and wide receiver, was named Offensive MVP of the Cougar's 2016 NAIA championship. The CFL is the highest level of professional football reached by a former Saint Francis player.

High schools

Signing

Recent Wawasee graduate Sara Pritchard has committed to continue her track and field career at Marian University this fall.

HOCKEY

NHL news

Nashville acquired goalie Connor Ingram from Tampa Bay for the Lightning's seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft. ... Philadelphia acquired Matt Niskanen from Washington for Radko Gudas in a swap of defensemen that upgrades the Flyers' blue line offense and gives the Capitals salary-cap space. ... Boston captain Zdeno Chara confirmed he broke his jaw and played the last three games of the Stanley Cup Final with “two plates, some wires and screws” holding it together.