Ex-Sooner QB 1 of 2 dead in plane crash
SOUTH BEND, Ind., March 18 (UPI) -- Former Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis and another man were killed in the Indiana crash of a Beechcraft jet that hit three houses, authorities said.
Three other people were injured, two who had been on the plane and one on the ground, WSBT-TV in South Bend reported Monday.
The jet was cleared for landing at South Bend Regional Airport about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, touched down, climbed and crashed into a nearby neighborhood, hitting the houses, the report said.
Davis, 60, who led the University of Oklahoma to its fifth national championship in the 1970s, and Wesley Caves, 58, of Tulsa, Okla., were killed, investigators said.
The plane was registered to a Helena, Mont., company owned by Caves.
Two other people who had been on the plane were identified as Jim Rodgers, reported in serious condition and Christopher Evans, who was in fair condition. Diana McKeown, who apparently was in one of the buildings hit by the plane, also was listed in fair condition. All were at Memorial Hospital.
Tinker Owens, one of Davis' receivers on two national championship teams, said, "We've lost a great Sooner," The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman reported.
Gonzaga near unanimous No. 1 in poll
MCLEAN, Va., March 18 (UPI) -- Gonzaga came within one vote of being a unanimous No. 1 in the final USA Today coaches' poll before the NCAA Tournament.
Gonzaga (31-2) played once last week, winning the West Coast Conference Tournament with a win March 11 over Saint Mary's (Calif.). While that apparently didn't completely impress the committee that seeds teams for the NCAA Tournament, the coaches on the poll's voting board took notice.
Gonzaga pulls in 31 first-place votes and is second on the other ballot this week. In the tournament, the Bulldogs did receive a No. 1 seed but the overall No. 1 honor went to Louisville.
Louisville (29-5) is the No. 2 team in the poll, taking the other first-place mention, followed by Kansas (29-6). Indiana (27-6) and Miami (Fla.) (27-6) are tied for fourth. Kansas and Indiana are also No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Miami improves its ranking six places this week.
Ohio State (26-7) is up three spots to No. 6 with Duke (27-5) down five to seventh and Georgetown (25-6) slipping three to eighth. Miami, Ohio State, Duke and Georgetown are the No. 2 seeds for the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan State (25-8) comes in ninth and New Mexico (29-5) is 10th after a week at 13th.
Michigan (26-7) comes in 11th with Florida (26-7) in the No. 12 spot and St. Louis (27-6) up three to 13th. Kansas State (27-7) is down to 14th and Memphis (30-4) is voted No. 15.
Marquette (23-8) takes the 16th position and Wisconsin (23-11) jumps six places to No. 17. Syracuse (26-9) improves to 18th with Oklahoma State (24-8) down four to 19th and Arizona (25-7) is 20th.
Creighton (27-7) is voted in 21st with Pittsburgh (24-8) coming at 22nd and Virginia Commonwealth (26-8) 23rd. Oregon (26-8) re-enters the poll at 24th and Saint Mary's is No. 25.
Seton Hill mourns death of lacrosse coach
GREENSBURG, Pa., March 18 (UPI) -- More than 650 people mourned the loss of Seton Hill University lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley, killed in a bus crash, at the Greensburg, Pa., school.
Quigley, 30, died when the bus, carrying the women's lacrosse team to a match in Millersville ran off the road early Saturday. She was taken by helicopter to Penn State Hershey Medical Center where she died, Carlisle police said.
Three of the 23 players aboard the bus were hospitalized, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said.
Bus driver Anthony Guaetta, 61, was also killed in the crash. Quigley was pregnant, and her fetus did not survive, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday.
The campus mass Sunday evening filled St. Joseph Chapel, its lobby and staircase. Greensburg Catholic Bishop Lawrence Brandt extended his sympathy to the Seton Hill community, as did school chaplain the Rev. Jeremiah O'Shea, who asked that "the souls of Kristina Quigley, her unborn child ... rest in the arms of the Lord."
Members of the lacrosse team, dressed in uniform, sat in the front row of the church, the Post-Gazette said.
Rey Maualuga signs new deal with Bengals
CINCINNATI, March 18 (UPI) -- Linebacker Rey Maualuga, coming off a career-best season of 122 tackles, has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL team said Monday.
Maualuga, 26, had 122 tackles, including a sack, last season. Only Vontaze Burfict, with 127 tackles, had more stops for the Bengals in 2012.
The Cincinnati Enquirer said the deal will pay Maualuga $6.5 million over the next two seasons.
"Rey has been a fine young player for us, and he continues to grow on and off the field," said Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis. "He is passionate about becoming a great player and we're excited to have him back as we work with these signings to keep our defense together."
The Bengals were sixth in the NFL in yards allowed last season and eighth in points allowed.
Maualuga was the 38th overall selection in the 2009 NFL draft. In 60 NFL games over four seasons, he has 348 tackles with three sacks and three interceptions.