Sunday, May 20, 2018
Sports

Burke, 'Cane honored

ATLANTA — Michigan guard Trey Burke and Miami's Jim Larranaga were named the Associated Press player and coach of the year Thursday.

Burke joins Cazzie Russell (1966) as the only Michigan players to win the award. The Big Ten player of the year averaged 19.2 points and 6.7 assists.

"He has been with three to five freshmen all year long," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "Here he is, this cagey sophomore. The whole year, he has been just as calm and cool as if he was a fifth-year redshirt senior guard."

Burke received 31 votes from the media panel that selected the weekly Top 25. Georgetown sophomore forward Otto Porter was second with 16.

Larranaga led Miami to the ACC regular-season and tournament titles — firsts in school history — and a school-best No. 2 ranking. Miami then reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Marquette. He is the first Miami coach to win the award.

"I want to thank the players, especially our senior class for the leadership they provided," Larranaga said; "and our underclassmen for their tremendous energy and intensity and enthusiasm they brought to our program this year."

No comment: Michigan's starters include three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior. Inevitably, talk turns to the NBA draft. The top candidates are Burke, junior guard Tim Hardaway and freshman forward Glenn Robinson. But don't ask their coach. "Please do not even bring any of those things up," Beilein said. "Those are not important issues right now."

Elsewhere: President defends himself

ATLANTA — NCAA president Mark Emmert spent 15 minutes documenting the progress the organization has made under his leadership, from making sure students go to class to fighting corruption.

Then he spent 30 minutes defending his record during an often-contentious state of the NCAA news conference.

Before taking questions, Emmert addressed Dennis Dodd, a reporter for cbssports.com who in February called for his firing: "Thanks for the career advice. Kept my job anyway."

Emmert shrugged off other critics, insisting anyone pushing for significant reform is going to rub some people the wrong way.

"Change is what we're about in the NCAA right now," he said. "And we're trying to work our way through some very, very difficult changes to make the whole notion of intercollegiate athletics strong and viable."

The NCAA has come under fire for paying the lawyer for a Miami booster for information.

"The Miami issue had some enormous foul-ups in it," he said. "We've addressed those issues."

The NCAA faces lawsuits for the way it has dealt with the use of players' images in video games and the way it handled the Penn State scandal involving Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse. "If you're not getting sued today, you're not doing anything," Emmert said. "I don't know anybody that doesn't have litigation pending."

Emmert also was asked about a USA Today report accusing him of shirking responsibility for problems in previous jobs at Connecticut, LSU and Montana State. The newspaper reported Emmert had a pattern of moving on to more lucrative posts before the full extent of problems at his previous posts were known. "The fact of the matter is that everywhere I've been, I've been asked … to help drive change," said Emmert, the NCAA president since November 2010. "I'm very proud of the changes that have been made at every place I've been along the way."

Pac-12 official out: Ed Rush resigned as the Pac-12 coordinator of officials. Before the conference tournament, he offered officials $5,000 for a trip to Cancun if they called a technical foul on Arizona coach Sean Miller or ejected him. Commissioner Larry Scott previously called it an "inappropriate joke."

NIT final: Pierre Jackson's fourth straight double double, 17 points and 10 assists, led Baylor past Iowa 74-54 in New York.

Draft: Memphis swingman Adonis Thomas will skip his final two seasons.

Hall: Guy Lewis, coach of Houston's Phi Slama Jama teams in the 1980s, was informed he'll be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, his wife said. The official announcement will come Monday. Lewis, 91, got the news on the 30-year anniversary of his most famous loss, 54-52 to N.C. State in the 1983 national title game.

Women: Cal coach decides to go all out

BERKELEY, Calif. — In her second season as coach, Lindsay Gottlieb has Cal in the Final Four. And as much as she encourages her players to enjoy their time in the spotlight, assistant Kai Felton had to talk her into having a little fun with her attire for Sunday's semifinal against Louisville.

So Gottlieb, 35, bought a fitted navy blue dress and a necklace. And the saleswoman talked her into strappy, high-heeled sandals. It was a big splurge for a coach who normally wears pantsuits or skirts for games.

"It's like my Sex in the City moment," Gottlieb said with a grin. "I've worn a Vera Wang dress as a bridesmaid, and this is still more. It is a once-in-a-lifetime. Well, hopefully not once-in-a-lifetime."

Comments
For Bolts radio duo, being fans at heart is key to their success

For Bolts radio duo, being fans at heart is key to their success

As the last tension-filled seconds of a tight playoff game wind down, high above the Amalie Arena ice, the play-by-play man becomes increasingly animated.Dave Mishkin, eyes bulging, face purple, jumps from his seat, holding the headset with his left ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

TAMPA – After spending four years at USF, Willie Taggart was used to the reception he'd get as a head football coach in the Tampa Bay area.But coming back as the new coach at Florida State, Taggart said, was different."Pretty cool," Taggart sai...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning-Capitals: In playoffs, Lightning and its town become one

Lightning-Capitals: In playoffs, Lightning and its town become one

TAMPA — The Lightning is a win away from a trip to the Stanley Cup final. Its Game 5 win Saturday, to take a 3-2 lead over the Washington Capitals, was another chapter of a story being written on the fly."Think about Game 1 in New Jersey,"...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning-Capitals: Familiar ground for Capitals as they face elimination

Lightning-Capitals: Familiar ground for Capitals as they face elimination

TAMPA – Capitals G Braden Holtby basically summed up playoff life for the Capitals after Saturday's Game 5 loss in the Eastern Conference final when he said the team never makes it easy for itself."No, we don't," coach Barry Trotz agreed Sunday...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning-Capitals: Lightning keeps Alex Ovechkin under control

Lightning-Capitals: Lightning keeps Alex Ovechkin under control

TAMPA — Alex Ovechkin headed toward the Capitals' locker room two hours before the start of Saturday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final with the swagger of an elite athlete that suggested he was about take over a game and make life misera...
Updated: 1 hour ago
For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo again as “the opener”

For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo again as “the opener”

UPDATE, 2:27: If the Rays win today, it would be their first four-game sweep since Sept. 20-23, 2013, vs. Baltimore and first on the road since Aug. 16-19 here at Anaheim. … It also would be the first time they swept back to back series on the ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Softball: Scouting the Academy at the Lakes vs. Lake Worth Christian semifinal

Softball: Scouting the Academy at the Lakes vs. Lake Worth Christian semifinal

Academy at the Lakes (24-4) vs. Lake Worth Christian (10-3)Where: 11:50 a.m. Monday at Historic Dodgertown, Vero BeachHow they got thereAcademy at the Lakes defeated Seacrest Country Day 11-1, defeated Canterbury 5-1Lake Worth Christian defeated...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Rays hang on to beat Angels 5-3 behind Robertson slam, get back to .500

Rays hang on to beat Angels 5-3 behind Robertson slam, get back to .500

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Playing .500 ball is obviously no goal, and the Rays certainly know that.But given where they came from, that terrible 1-8 start that oozed into 3-12 and 4-13, climbing back to the respectability of .500 would be an accomplish...
Published: 05/20/18

Captain’s Corner: Red grouper fishing continues to be good

Red grouper fishing continues to be steady in depths of 100-120 feet. Large bait stacks are holding a fish or two, but larger concentrations are on very small rolls and potholes in those depths. Zooming in on the bottom 10-15 feet of the water column...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning defeats Capitals, can clinch Stanley Cup berth in Game 6

Lightning defeats Capitals, can clinch Stanley Cup berth in Game 6

Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) celebrates his first period goal after beating Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) 29 seconds after the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday...
Updated: 5 hours ago