Sunday, June 24, 2018
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USF wins men's, women's conference tennis tourneys

USF's men's and women's tennis teams captured American Athletic Conference tournament crowns within roughly two hours of each other Sunday, becoming the second and third Bulls teams to win titles in the fledgling league.

The No. 3-seeded women (18-3) dropped the doubles point to top-seeded Houston but rallied with four singles triumphs for a 4-2 victory at the USF Varsity Courts.

"We've been very close so many times when we were in the Big East," USF coach Agustin Moreno said. "So this is very special.

"The thing that is most impressive is we have a bunch of fighters on our team."

The second-seeded USF men (18-6) also won four singles matches for a 4-3 triumph against top-seeded and host Memphis. It lost 4-3 at Memphis on April 13.

"I think it was a great benefit coming here last weekend … even though we didn't get the result we wanted," Bulls coach Matt Hill said. "We watched the film and were able to put together a great game plan, which the guys executed."

USF earned the conference's automatic bids to the NCAA tournaments. Both start May 15.

More tennis: Florida's men fell 4-2 to Texas A&M in the SEC final in Nashville.

Men's basketball

FAMU: Coach Clemon Johnson has been fired. He went 32-64 over three seasons. The move comes shortly after Kellen Winslow Sr. was hired as athletic director.

Tennessee: The school has targeted Louisiana Tech coach Michael White to replace Cuonzo Martin, espn.com and cbssports.com reported. White, 37, is 74-31 the past three seasons with NIT berths the past two.

USF: Point guard Kareem Canty, a graduate of Brandon's Faith Baptist Christian who has been released from his scholarship by Marshall, will visit. Canty averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists this season. On Saturday, espn.com reported he had decided to transfer to Auburn.

Gymnastics: Florida's Bridget Sloan won her school-record third individual national title, taking the uneven bars in Birmingham, Ala. The sophomore, who at age 16 was part of the silver medal U.S. Olympic team, helped Florida share the national title on Saturday. She won the all-around and beam in 2013. Arkansas' Katherine Grable won the floor exercise and tied LSU's Rheagan Courville for first on the vault. Oklahoma's Taylor Spears won the beam.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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