Ryan Leaf has been hired by ESPN to be a college football analyst, another step in the remarkable comeback of the former Washington State quarterback who has dealt withdrug addiction and served time in prison.
Leaf will call games mostly on ESPN2 and ESPNU. The No. 2 overall draft pick by the San Diego Chargers in 1998 worked for the Pac-12 Network last year.
Leaf finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1997 and led the Cougars to the Rose Bowl. After a tumultuous four-year NFL career, Leaf spent two years in prison after being arrested in 2012 for breaking into a home in Montana to steal prescription drugs, and violating his Texas probation.
Kuzmic hospitalized after car crash
Former Warriors center Ognjen Kuzmic was hospitalized with serious injuries incurred in a car crash, Serbian media outlets reported.
Kuzmic was driving near Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina when his Porsche reportedly was involved in a collision with a BMW on Sunday. According to his current club Crvena Zvezda, Kuzmic suffered “severe” injuries to the head and chest and was transported to a hospital in Belgrade for treatment.
Kuzmic, who was born in Bosnia, was drafted 52nd overall by Golden State in 2012. Over two seasons (2013-15), he appeared in 37 games for the Warriors. He has played in Europe since leaving the Warriors in 2015.
Motor sports: Simon Pagenaud earned his third title of the season as IndyCar’s championship fight tightened in Toronto. The win came on the streets around Exhibition Place. Alexander Rossi finished third, one spot ahead of points leader Josef Newgarden. Rossi trails Newgarden by four points.
• Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton won a record sixth British Grand Prix in Silverstone after jumping ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by taking advantage of the safety car being deployed.
WNBA: Natasha Howard scored 14 points a day after abuse allegations were raised against her to help the host Seattle Storm beat the New York Liberty 78-69. The team is looking into allegations on social media that Howard threatened and abused her wife. No charges have been filed. … Riquna Williams scored 23 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 17 points and 15 rebounds to help the visiting Los Angeles Sparks beat the Atlanta Dream 76-71 in overtime. … Jonquel Jones had 16 points to help the Connecticut Sun beat the host Indiana Fever 76-63. … Diamond DeShields had 26 points to help the visiting Chicago Sky beat the Dallas Wings 89-79. … Sylvia Fowles set a WNBA record with her 157th career double-double and the host Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 75-62.
Soccer: Riyad Mahrez scored from a free kick in the fifth minute of injury time as Algeria beat Nigeria 2-1 in Cairo to reach the African Cup of Nations final against Sadio Mane’s Senegal.
• In MLS, Raul Ruidiaz and Harry Shipp scored to help the Seattle Sounders beat visiting Atlanta United 2-1. … Daniel Royer scored twice in the New York Red Bulls’ 2-1 win over New York City FC in Harrison, N.J.
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