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Morning Roundup: Hall of Famer Willie Wood dies

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Willie Wood, the Hall of Fame defensive back who won five NFL championships with the Green Bay Packers under coach Vince Lombardi and made the first interception in Super Bowl history, died Monday. He was 83.

Wood died of natural causes in Washington. He had suffered from advanced dementia for several years.

Undrafted out of Southern California, Wood signed as a free agent with the Packers and played safety for them from 1960-71.

Wood had a key interception in the first Super Bowl, returning it 50 yards to set up a third quarter touchdown that sealed the Packers' 35-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967.

Wood played in eight Pro Bowls and won five of the six NFL championship games he played in. In his career, he had 48 interceptions and had 1,391 yards on 187 punt returns..

AUTO RACING

John Andretti dies from colon cancer

Funeral services are Thursday in Indianapolis for John Andretti, who carved out his own niche in one of the world's most successful racing families.

Andretti died Thursday at the age of 56 after a three-year battle with cancer. The Pennsylvania native embraced the family business.

John's father, Aldo, grew up racing and his uncle, Mario, became an international celebrity after winning the 1969 Indianapolis 500 and 1978 world championship.

Jarett Andretti, John's son, made his Indy debut just last May in Indy Lights. Jarett finished sixth in the race as he became the seventh member of the Andretti family to race at Indy.

SOCCER

U.S. downs Costa Rica to extend unbeaten streak

Christen Press and Samantha Mewis each scored a pair of goals and the United States beat Costa Rica 6-0 on Monday night to finish atop its group in the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament in Houston.

The World Cup-winning U.S. team extended its unbeaten streak to 26 games. The Americans wrapped up the group stage with three shutouts and 18 goals.

Both teams had already earned a spot in the semifinals of the tournament later this week in Carson, California. Eight teams are playing in the tournament, which will determine the region's two berths to the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

MLB

Astros hire Tampa Bay executive as GM

The Houston Astros hired James Click as their new general manager Monday, taking the Tampa Bay Rays executive and putting him in charge of the scandal-ridden team a week before the start of spring training.

Click succeeds Jeff Luhnow, who along with manager AJ Hinch was suspended by Major League Baseball last month in the wake of a sign-stealing scam and then fired by the Astros.

Houston, coming off a Game 7 loss to Washington in the World Series, hired Dusty Baker last week as manager.

Mariners: The Seattle Mariners signed left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales to a $30 million, four-year contract Monday that includes a club option for the 2025 season. Gonzales is about to begin his third full season with the Mariners after arriving in 2017 via trade from St. Louis.

Wire reports

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<strong>In this May 19, 2010, photo, John Andretti watches practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Andretti, a member of one of racing's most families, died Thursday following a battle with colon cancer. He was 56. [AP Photo/AJ Mast]</strong>

In this May 19, 2010, photo, John Andretti watches practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Andretti, a member of one of racing's most families, died Thursday following a battle with colon cancer. He was 56. [AP Photo/AJ Mast]

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