Sports Briefs: News From Around the Leagues

Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders dies
Flip Saunders, an NBA coach with 35 years of experience, died on Oct. 25 after a battle with cancer. He announced in August that he was being treated for Hodgkin lymphoma.

According to an article on, “Doctors considered it very treatable and curable and Saunders said he planned to remain the Timberwolves’ head coach and president of basketball operations at the time. However, he was hospitalized following a setback in September, and it was announced Oct. 23 that Saunders would miss the entire 2015-16 season.”

Saunders’ career led him to coach teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons,and Washington Wizards. He has over 1,000 victories on his coaching record.

Patriots improve to 6-0 with win over Jets
The New England Patriots beat their rival the New York Jets on Oct. 25 scoring 30-23. The Jets were leading 20-16 early in the fourth quarter but Tom Brady led the Patriots to victory.

According to, “Brady completed 13 of 16 passes for 135 yards in the final quarter to overcome a 20-16 lead and give New England a two-game lead over the Jets in the AFC East. He was 34 of 54 for 355 yards overall.”

The first three quarters of the game were neck and neck. According to the article on, “The Jets kicked a field goal on first down and then recovered the onside kick with 15 seconds left. But a false-start penalty on Brandon Marshall ended the game after a short pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick left the Jets 37 yards from the tying score.”

The Patriots remain undefeated after this victory.

NASCAR Chase heats up at Talladega
Four drivers were eliminated from the Sprint Cup title contention at Talladega on Oct. 25. These drivers include Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin.

Eight drivers will now advance to the Eliminator Round of the Chase Nov. 1 at Martinsville Speedway.

According to, “Joey Logano won, giving him a clean sweep of all three races in the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup … Logano’s team Penske Ford edge[d] out Earnhardt by inches.”

The other seven drivers that will join Logano next weekend include Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.

Shaleena Bautista
Staff Writer
Published October 28th, 2015