Sports shorts: UA voice Sitton died of blood clot, examiner says

Longtime Arizona Wildcats broadcaster and rugby coach Dave Sitton died of a blood clot in the lungs, Pima County’s chief medical examiner told the Star on Tuesday.

Called a pulmonary embolism, the clot can cause sudden death, Gregory Hess said. Former UA basketball player Shawntinice Polk, 22, died in 2005 of what was later diagnosed as a pulmonary embolism.

Sitton, 58, died Aug. 12 in Tucson. The suddenness of his death led friends to believe he suffered a heart attack. But symptoms of pulmonary embolisms include chest pain and shortness of breath, similar to a heart attacks.

The UA on Sunday held a public memorial service for Sitton, a UA grad who spent the last 40 years in Tucson.


Vick beats out Foles; Cards sign Mike Thomas

PHILADELPHIA – New Eagles coach Chip Kelly named Michael Vick his starting quarterback on Tuesday, giving the veteran the nod over ex-UA Wildcat Nick Foles after Vic k’s sterling effort in the preseason.

Vick has thrown for 199 yards this preseason and has a 113.2 quarterback rating. Foles, in his second year, was sacked six times in two games, and has a QB rating of 65.5.

• The Arizona Cardinals signed Mike Thomas as their potential No. 4 receiver, a day after the former UA standout was released by the Detroit Lions. Thomas is behind Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts. “It’s awesome to be back (in the state),” Thomas said. “When I got here, I just felt so much better, with the sunny skies.”

• Broncos linebacker Von Miller received a six-game suspension under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy Tuesday, taking away the best defensive player from a team many expect to make a run at the Super Bowl.

• Browns coach Rob Chudzinski named quarterback Brandon Weeden his starter over Jason Campbell.

• Cleveland voided its trade with Seattle for guard John Moffitt on Tuesday because of health conce rns.

• Buffalo linebacker Nigel Bradham said police ticketed him for marijuana possession after a weekend traffic stop.

• President Obama welcomed the 1972 Miami Dolphins to the East Room as they finally received their White House moment Tuesday, 40 years after making history by going 17-0. Watergate prevented a ceremony in 1973.


Federer drops to seventh seed at US Open

NEW YORK – Struggling Roger Federer fell two slots in the rankings Monday and is seeded No. 7 for the U.S. Open, his first slot outside the top three at any Grand Slam tennis tournament in a decade.

Novak Djokovic is the top seed, followed by Rafael Nadal and 2012 champ Andy Murray. In the women’s field, 2012 champ Serena Williams is seeded No. 1, followed by Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova.

• Soccer fans applied Tuesday for more than 1 million tickets in just seven hours for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. App licants won’t hear back until October, after FIFA holds a random selection draw on the requests.

• Austin Oh drove in the final two runs in a six-run third inning as Sammamish, Wash., eliminated Nashville, Tenn., 6-5 in the Little League World Series.

• In the WNBA, Diana Taurasi had 28 points as the visiting Phoenix Mercury beat the Tulsa Shock 89-86.

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