Thursday, November 23, 2017
Sports

Tubby to coach at Texas Tech

RECOMMENDED READING


LUBBOCK, Texas — Tubby Smith is headed to Texas Tech to try to turn around another wayward program.

Smith agreed to terms Monday with Texas Tech to be its next coach, the Associated Press reported. Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal said there was no agreement in place.

Interim coach Chris Walker went 11-20 this season and 3-15 in Big 12 play as the program tried to recover from Billy Gillispie's volatile one-year tenure. He resigned in September.

Smith was fired last week after six seasons with the Golden Gophers.

ALL-AMERICANS: Creighton forward Doug McDermott is an AP All-American for the second straight year, and Michigan point guard Trey Burke of Michigan and Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr. tied as the leading vote-getters with 62 each. Indiana guard Victor Oladipo and Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk are also on the team.

REF INVESTIGATED: Pac-12 coordinator of officials and former NBA referee Ed Rush was investigated by the conference for comments made about Arizona coach Sean Miller in meetings that included several league refs, cbssports.com reported. Rush told refs during the Pac-12 tournament he would give them $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they either "rang him up" or "ran him." Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told the website Rush's comments clearly were in jest.

COLLEGE HALL OF FAME: Longtime coaches Gene Keady and Rollie Massimino and former U.S. congressman Tom McMillen headline the 2013 class. Others: George Ravling of Nike, Bob Hopkins of Grambling, George Killian of FIBA and the 1963 Loyola University of Chicago team that broke through racial boundaries.

OBITUARY: Former Toledo coach Bob Nichols, who holds the Mid-American Conference record with 376 wins and led the Rockets to three NCAA Tournament berths, died Saturday. He was 82.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN: Former Virginia Tech assistant Mark Byington was named head coach. Byington spent the 2012-13 season at Virginia Tech after working as an assistant at the College of Charleston for nine years.

KENTUCKY: Freshman guard Archie Goodwin is leaving for the NBA. Freshman forward Willie Cauley-Stein and sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer will return.

N.C. STATE: Forward C.J. Leslie is joining teammate Lorenzo Brown by skipping his senior season and entering the NBA draft. Also, freshman guard Rodney Purvis plans to transfer.

WOMEN: Pittsburgh fired coach Agnus Berenato after going 0-16 in the Big East.

Comments
Nikita Kucherov really does admire Patrick Kane

Nikita Kucherov really does admire Patrick Kane

TAMPA — Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov has watched plenty of film on Blackhawks star Patrick Kane.Kucherov marveled how the 2015-16 league MVP uses deception to "hide" from defenders. He noticed how patient Kane was with the puck, how well he passed ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lightning beats Blackhawks in OT

Lightning beats Blackhawks in OT

TAMPA — The Lightning entered Wednesday’s game against the Blackhawks determined to avoid its first losing streak of the season. And it did in dramatic fashion, with Brayden Point’s power-play goal in overtime lifting it to a 3-2 victory. "A big boun...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Lightning-Blackhawks game

Every Lightning-Blackhawks game at Amalie Arena has a good representation of red in the stands. And Wednesday’s matchup was no exception, with a large contingent of transplants and travelers. "It feels like half the city of Chicago is traveling down ...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Thursday’s sports on TV/radio

TodayCollege footballMississippi at Mississippi State7:30 p.m.ESPNCollege basketballMissouri vs. Long Beach State11:30 a.m.ESPN2Tennessee vs. Villanova12:30 p.m.ESPNSt. John’s vs. Oregon State2 p.m.ESPNUPortland vs. North Carolina2:30 p.m.ESPNNorth C...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Niederreiter stays hot for Wild in win

Niederreiter stays hot for Wild in win

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund each scored two goals to lead the Wild to a 5-4 victory over the Sabres on Wednesday night. Tyler Ennis also scored, and Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter each had two assists as the Wild snapped a two-g...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Stitches don’t cool off LeBron

Stitches don’t cool off LeBron

CLEVELAND — LeBron James shook off a blow to the face and scored 23 in the fourth quarter — including 18 straight for Cleveland — as the Cavaliers won their sixth straight, 119-109 over the Nets on Wednesday. James needed stitches in the third quarte...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Basketball: USF Bulls bounce back with rout of Howard; FSU, Miami win

TAMPA — Three nights after running out of steam in a loss at Indiana, USF had enough to steamroll Howard of the MEAC.A 17-1 run late in the first half helped the Bulls to a 75-52 win Wednesday before an announced Sun Dome crowd of 2,080. USF (3-2) he...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Thanksgiving Day NFL previews: Vikings-Lions, Chargers-Cowboys, Giants-Redskins

Updated: 6 hours ago

Sports in Brief

GYMNASTICSEx-Olympic team doctor pleads guilty to abuseLANSING, Mich. — Former doctor Larry Nassar, who was accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sex...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Updated: 7 hours ago