Former Grambling standout Hopkins dies

SEATTLE – Bob Hopkins, a 1978 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee whose basketball career at Grambling produced a state scoring record, died Friday in his adopted hometown at the age of 80.

A celebration of life service Friday will follow an 11 a.m. mass in suburban Seattle at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Bellevue.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Beverly, and children Lynnetta, Marilyn, Debbie and Bob Jr., along with four grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Hopkins was inducted in the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. He scored 3,759 points, the second-most in college basketball history.

He averaged 29.8 points and 17 rebounds at Grambling, leading the Tigers to two Southwestern Athletic Conference championships and twice earning NAIA All-America honors. He snagged 2,191 rebounds in college.

He played four seasons (1956-60) with the NBA’s Syracuse Nationals, averaging 8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds, before a knee injury ended his career. He became a successful college coach at Prairie View, Alcorn State and Xavier of New Orleans.

He had a stint as an assistant and head coach with the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics.

Hopkins returned to college basketball at Grambling, Southern and Maryland-Eastern Shore.

La. Tech to announce basketball coach

RUSTON — Louisiana Tech will introduce its new men’s basketball coach at a 10:30 a.m. Monday news conference.

Tech officials did not comment further Sunday on the announcement.

Djokovic, Sharapova win Italian Open titles

ROME — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic bolstered his clay-court credentials a week ahead of Roland Garros with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over Roger Federer on Sunday to capture his fourth Italian Open title.

Extending his winning streak to 22 matches, Djokovic proved too consistent and too quick for Federer, who has never won the title at the Foro Italico in 15 appearances.

“It was a great week and today was my best match,” Djokovic told the crowd in Italian. “It’s always a pleasure to play against Roger and obviously I’m very pleased by today. ... Along with 2011, this is the best year of my career. I don’t know how (to) continue at Roland Garros but obviously I have a lot of confidence. I hope I can continue like this.”

Djokovic produced a spectacular return to set up the decisive break at the end of the first set then got an early break in the second.

Vinci, Knapp advance at Nuremberg Cup

NUREMBERG, Germany — Seeded Italians Roberta Vinci and Karin Knapp had little difficulty in advancing to the second round of the Nuremberg Cup on the clay-court tournament’s opening day Sunday.

The fourth-seeded Vinci defeated Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia 6-1, 6-1 and the sixth-seeded Knapp beat German wild-card entry Antonia Lottner 6-2, 7-5.

Also Sunday, the seventh-seeded Kurumi Nara defeated Polona Hercog 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press

, Evgeniya Rodina of Russia rallied to defeat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 and Zhang Shuai of China defeated Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-1, 7-5.

Top-seeded Germans Andrea Petkovic, Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki were to play their opening-round matches on Monday.