Around the Nation (June 10): Bob Welch, former Cy Young Award winner, dies at 57

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BASEBALL

Former Cy Young winner Bob Welch dies at age 57

OAKLAND, Calif. — Bob Welch, the 1990 AL Cy Young Award winner of the Oakland Athletics and the last major leaguer to win at least 25 games in a season, has died. He was 57.

Welch died Monday night at his home in Seal Beach, California, the team said Tuesday. Police said officers responded to a call for medical aid and found Welch dead in the bathroom area.

No cause of death was released. The coroner was awaiting toxicology test results, which can take eight to 12 weeks, said Lt. Jeffrey Hallock, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Welch was an admitted alcoholic early in his career and spent time in rehabilitation. He later co-authored a book with George Vecsey about his addiction titled “Five O’Clock Comes Early: A Ballplayer’s Battle With Alcoholism.”

“The fact is, I’m crazy when I’m drunk,” Welch said in the book. “There’s every chance I would have been dead by now if I was drinking.”

The right-hander played on five teams that reached the World Series (1978, 1981, 1988, 1989 and 1990) and won two titles, one in 1981 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and another in 1989 with the A’s.

FOOTBALL

Michigan lands transfer RB from Southern Cal

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Running back Ty Isaac is transferring from Southern California to Michigan.

Wolverines coach Brady Hoke says it was important for Isaac to move back to the Midwest to be closer to his mother and his family. Isaac is from Shorewood, Illinois.

Isaac appeared in all 14 games for the Trojans in the 2013 season, rushing for 236 yards on 40 carries with two touchdowns. He finished his high school career at Joliet Catholic Academy in Illinois with a school-record 5,305 yards rushing.

BASKETBALL

Knicks hire Derek Fisher as head coach

The New York Knicks hired Derek Fisher as their new coach on Tuesday, with Phil Jackson turning to one of his trustiest former players.

Just days after finishing his 18th season, Fisher was hired Tuesday to replace Mike Woodson, who Jackson fired after the season in his first major move as team president.

Fisher won five championships playing for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and was known for his knack for hitting clutch postseason shots. Jackson says that “it has come clear to me” that he and Fisher can form a great partnership again.

The 39-year-old Fisher is respected among players around the league as was the president of the Players Association during the 2011 lockout.

The Knicks went 37-45 and missed the playoffs, just a year after winning the Atlantic Division and advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals. Jackson, who declined an original offer to coach the team, was instead hired to run the front office in March and fired Woodson the week after the season ended.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR car owner Junie Donlavey dies at age 90

RICHMOND, Va. — Former NASCAR car owner Junie Donlavey has died at the age of 90.

Richmond International Raceway spokeswoman Aimee Turner said Donlavey died Monday night.

According to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame website, the Richmond native fielded his No. 90 cars for drivers including Joe Weatherly, Tiny Lund and Dick Brooks.

Bill Dennis, Jody Ridley and Ken Schrader won NASCAR Cup series rookie of the year honors for Donlavey. Ridley recorded Donlavey’s only Cup win in a 1981 race in Dover, Delaware.

Sixty different drivers drove for Donlavey before he closed his shop in 2005. He had more than 860 starts as a car owner during his 50-plus years in the sport.

In a statement Tuesday, NASCAR said it lost a treasure and a man who personified its proud past.

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