Digest for 11-09-13


COMMUNITY

Basketball registration

Sigmas Mustangs Youth Association will be conducting basketball registration for ages six thru 18 on November 19 starting at 6 p.m. at Greenville Elementary School Gymnasium.

NATIONAL

Broncos’ Fox released from hospital

Englewood, Colo.— Denver Broncos coach John Fox was released from a North Carolina hospital on Friday after undergoing a heart procedure earlier this week.

Fox was taken by ambulance to the hospital on Saturday after complaining of lightheadedness during a golf outing and underwent successful aortic heart valve replacement on Monday.

“I am truly thankful for every single thought and prayer that was directed my way,” said Fox in a statement released by the Broncos on Friday.

“My recovery is progressing well — I am feeling better and getting stronger each day. I will begin the next phase of my recovery in Charlotte and continue outpatient appointments with doctors, who will clear me to return to Denver when the time is right.”

Fox, who was aware of his condition but waiting for the procedure, added that while he is eager to return to coaching, he will focus on his recovery.

“I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff,” Fox added.

Del Rio is serving as interim head coach in Fox’s absence. The 7-1 Broncos travel to take on the San Diego Chargers in Week 10.

Panthers fire Dineen, assistants

Sunrise, Fla. — The Florida Panthers, mired in a seven-game losing streak, have fired head coach Kevin Dineen.

Dineen’s assistant coaches, Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay, have been relieved of their duties as well.

Executive vice president and general manager Dale Tallon has named Peter Horachek interim head coach and Brian Skrudland and John Madden assistant coaches.

Dineen’s tenure began with a 38-26-18 record and a Southeast Division title in 2011-12. The Panthers’ first playoff appearance since 2000 ended with a double-overtime loss to New Jersey in Game 7 of the opening round.

Florida, ravaged by injuries, plummeted to the bottom of the standings last season, finishing with a league-low 36 points and a 15-27-6 record

English let go at E. Michigan

Ypsilanti, Mich. — Eastern Michigan fired football coach Ron English on Friday in the midst of a 1-8 season.

English was 11-46 in four-plus seasons since being hired in December 2008.

Assistant coach Stan Parrish will lead the Eagles on an interim basis while the school looks for a new head coach.

Eagles athletic director Heather Lyke said she decided a change in leadership was necessary.