Al Arbour dies...Illinois fires football coach...Mariners dump general manager...Wacha goes for No. 16

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Hockey Hall of Famer Al Arbour has died. The longtime coach of the New York Islanders passed away at the age of 82. He led the Islanders to the playoffs 15 times and in one stretch won four straight Stanley Cup championships.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — With the start of the season right around the corner the University of Illinois has fired football coach Tim Beckman. The school gives as a reason the preliminary results of an investigation into allegations of player mistreatment and inappropriate behavior. Beckman was 12-25 at Illinois with a record of 6-7 last season.

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have dumped general manager Jack Zduriencik (zur-EHN'-sihk). A lot was expected of the Mariners this season and they are mired 10 games under. He held the job for seven seasons and in that time the M's never reached the postseason.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Wacha (WAH'-kuh) of the Cardinals is toeing the rubber tonight against the Giants, attempting to get his 16th win of the season. There are two pitchers this season with 16 wins, Jake Arrieta (ehr-ee-ET'-uh) of the Cubs and San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner.

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time perhaps ever, the women's final at the upcoming U.S. Open has sold out before the men's final. Officials of the tournament, which starts Monday in New York, made the announcement today and credited Serena Williams and her attempt to complete a Grand Slam this year.

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