Update on the latest in sports:
NBA opening investigation of Simmons-Johnson meeting request
UNDATED (AP) – The NBA will investigate whether league rules were broken when Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons inquired about meeting with Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson for playing tips.
League spokesman Mike Bass said Monday that the NBA will look at the matter.
Johnson revealed over the weekend that Simmons expressed a desire to meet, through an intermediary, and indicated that he would be willing to partake in such a session with the 76ers’ starting point guard if all parties involved granted permission.
76ers general manager Elton Brand, however, told Philadelphia radio station WPEN that when the request was made about a month ago, he declined. Brand said it was presented by members of Simmons’ inner circle as a way last season’s rookie of the year could raise his game by learning from various greats, and Johnson’s name was on their list.
TOP 25 BASKETBALL
Duke faces Louisville
UNDATED (AP) – In Top 25 basketball tonight, No. 2 Duke takes on No. 16 Louisville. Fifth-ranked Kentucky visits No. 19 LSU and No. 6 Michigan plays Penn State. Tenth-ranked Marquette visits DePaul, No. 11 Michigan State plays No. 20 Wisconsin and No. 12 Purdue is at No. 24 Maryland. It’s 18th-ranked Kansas State at Texas and 25th-ranked Buffalo at Akron.
World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81
LONDON (AP) – Gordon Banks, the World Cup-winning England goalkeeper who was also known for blocking a header from Pele that many consider to be the greatest save in soccer history, has died. He was 81.
English soccer club Stoke, one of Banks’ former teams, posted a statement from his family on Twitter on today, saying “It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight.”
No cause of death was given.
Known for his reflexes, Banks was one of English soccer’s most revered players after helping the team win the 1966 World Cup on home soil. He conceded only one goal in five games before England beat West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley Stadium.