Richt up and at 'em in first practice as Miami coach
CORAL GABLES — Mark Richt was not bleary-eyed Tuesday, which was the first surprise of his Miami coaching career.
The night before Hurricanes spring practice began, Richt could not sleep. The former Miami backup quarterback lay in bed with his eyes closed to no avail for a while as the excitement of what loomed overpowered his need for a good night's rest.
"A lot of anticipation, a lot of things running through my mind," Richt said.
Miami brought Richt, fired in November after 15 seasons as Georgia's coach, back to his alma mater to fix the program. So with players wearing names on their helmets since all the new coaches are still learning who everyone is, and with summerlike weather, the Richt era finally kicked off with a two-hour session.
"It's a blessing. It's an honor," Richt said. "I don't take it lightly at all. It's a little bit surreal. When I think about my role as a player, backup quarterback's important … you're one play away from the entire team counting on you, but it is a little bit different responsibility now, obviously."
Tie ends Rowdies tour
The NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies ended their preseason tour of England with a 1-1 tie against a Stoke City XI that included first-team players Charlie Adam and Stephen Ireland. Darwin Espinal scored for the Rowdies in the 54th minute.
Europe: Atletico Madrid beat PSV Eindhoven 8-7 in penalty kicks to reach the Champions League quarterfinals after the teams played to 0-0 aggregate in two legs. Manchester City is in the quarters after a 0-0 draw with visiting Dynamo Kiev; the English club advanced 3-1 on aggregate.
Nadal a winner at Indian Wells event
Rafael Nadal survived a wild tiebreaker to beat fellow Spaniard and doubles partner Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 7-6 (9-7) in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. The three-time Indian Wells champion saved five set points in the tiebreaker and finally closed it out on his second match point when Verdasco's backhand sailed beyond the baseline.
Fed Cup: The Lawn Tennis Association said Judy Murray, the mother of Andy Murray, resigned as Britain's captain to spend more time with family.
Iditarod: Dallas Seavey won the sled dog race for the third straight year and fourth title in the past five. Seavey completed the nearly 1,000-mile race in a record 8 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes, 16 seconds. Mitch Seavey took second, coming in just after his son.
Track: Former European indoor 800-meter champion Nataliya Lupu of Ukraine will miss this week's world indoor championships in Portland, Ore., over her use of meldonium, the same substance which led to Maria Sharapova's positive test at the Australian Open.