BOB & RYAN SUTER

Suter

DAVID SANDELL

Bob Suter, a celebrated member of one of the best-known families in American hockey history, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 57.

The Madison native was a rugged, standout defenseman for the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team and helped author one of the greatest moments in sports history as a member of the Miracle on Ice.

Suter was stricken at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, the facility he co-owns where he’s coordinated nationally recognized youth hockey programs for years.

“He had such a passion for hockey,’’ said Mark Johnson, who played alongside Bob Suter at UW and again with Team USA in the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York.

In what is regarded by many as the greatest upset in sports history, the Americans knocked off the heavily favored Soviet Union en route to the gold medal.

Bob Suter is the first player from the Miracle on Ice roster to pass away. Herb Brooks, the iconic Team USA coach, died in a car accident in 2003.

College

Ball State athletic director Bill Scholl is joining Marquette University as its new athletic director, Marquette president Michael Lovell announced.

Scholl, 57, will start at Marquette in mid-October. The university has been without a permanent athletic director since Larry Williams left in December after holding the job for less than two years. Men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams left for Virginia Tech four months later.

Scholl said he had both an “incredible excitement and an enormous sense of responsibility ... as I am given this opportunity to lead one of the great programs in intercollegiate athletics.”

Larry Williams was replaced on an interim basis by Bill Cords, who was the athletic director at Marquette for 20 years before retiring in 2006.

Motorsports

Stewart-Haas Racing is swapping pit crews in hopes of boosting Kevin Harvick’s chances in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Harvick, who has been critical of his team’s slow pit stops in recent weeks, will race his No. 4 Chevrolet with the crew of teammate and team co-owner Tony Stewart beginning this week at Chicagoland Speedway. Stewart will get Harvick’s pit crew for the final 10 races of the season.

SHR is taking a chance that the move will pay dividends for Harvick in the 16-car Chase field. It also could cost Stewart, who is trying to avoid his first winless Cup season.

Basketball

The Atlanta Hawks are sticking with general manager Danny Ferry even though the team’s new majority owner wants him fired for racially charged comments about Luol Deng.

CEO Steve Koonin told the Hawks’ flagship radio station that he made the decision to discipline Ferry but allowed him to keep his job managing the team. He did not say what the punishment was.

  • Klay Thompson scored 20 points and James Harden had 12 of his 14 in the third quarter, helping the U.S. turn a close game into a 119-76 rout of Slovenia in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Kenneth Faried added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Americans, who will play Lithuania on Thursday in Barcelona for a spot in Sunday’s gold-medal game in Madrid. Lithuania beat Turkey 73-61.

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