Former Longhorns, NFL running back Cedric Benson dies in motorcycle accident

Former running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36.

Benson’s attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin police told him that Benson was killed in the wreck Saturday night.

One of the top high school recruits in the country out of Midland, Texas, Benson played at Texas from 2001-2004 and his 5,540 yards ranks second at the university and ninth in NCAA history. He scored 64 career touchdowns with the Longhorns and won the Doak Walker award, for the nation’s top running back, in 2004.

Benson was drafted No. 4 overall by the Chicago Bears in 2005 and also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers. In eight NFL seasons, he ran for 6,017 yards and scored 33 touchdowns.

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Ex-broadcaster Whitaker, 95, dies

Jack Whitaker, whose Hall of Fame broadcasting career ranged from the first Super Bowl to Secretariat’s Triple Crown to short essays from major sporting events, died of natural causes in Devon, Pa. He was 95.

Whitaker, a Philadelphia native who was wounded on Omaha Beach three days after the D-Day invasion, began his broadcast career at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia and spent 22 years working for CBS Sports.

He worked for ABC from 1982 in news and sports, and was part of its Olympics coverage in 1984 and 1988.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said Whitaker’s writing, presence on air and humanity were unmatched.

“His unique perspective on sports ranging from horse racing to golf to NFL football was extraordinary,” he said.

Tennis: Madison Keys rallied late in both sets and beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6 (5) for her first Western & Southern Open championship in Mason, Ohio. By winning her first hardcourt final since the 2017 U.S. Open, Keys will be ranked No. 10 when she returns this week to the Open in New York.

On the men’s side, 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 the 23-year-old Russian had won. He’s the youngest Cincinnati champion since Andy Murray at age 21 in 2008.

WNBA: Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points and hit three of Washington’s WNBA-record 18 3-pointers in the Mystics’ 107-68 victory over the visiting Indiana Fever. The Mystics broke the 3-point record of 17 set by Seattle last year against Las Vegas. … Courtney Williams scored 18 points and the host Connecticut Sun beat the Dallas Wings 78-68 to clinch a playoff berth. … DeWanna Bonner scored 17 of her 30 points in the fourth quarter to help the host Phoenix Mercury beat New York 78-72, extending the Liberty’s losing streak to eight. … Jordin Canada scored 14 points and the host Seattle Storm never trailed in an 82-74 victory over the Minnesota Lynx. … A’ja Wilson returned from a nine-game absence to score 25 points off the bench, Liz Cambage had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Las Vegas beat host Chicago 100-85.

Soccer: In MLS, Leandro Gonzalez and Josef Martinez scored and Brad Guzan had five saves in the clean sheet as visiting Atlanta United defeated the Portland Timbers 2-0.

• A fight between fans of rival soccer teams Motagua and Olimpia at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras’ capital, left four people dead and led to the suspension of the game. A fight broke out between fans, with fists flying and gunfire heard. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

• Frank Lampard’s winless run to start his tenure as Chelsea manager extended to three games after Leicester rallied to earn a 1-1 draw in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.

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