Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sports in brief

BASKETBALL

Related News/Archive

Coach leaves UNLV after two weeks

LUBBOCK, Texas — Less than two weeks after accepting the job at UNLV, Chris Beard is heading home. Back to Texas Tech, specifically.

The Red Raiders announced Friday that they hired Beard, who was an assistant there for 10 seasons. He replaces Tubby Smith, who took the Memphis job. Beard led Arkansas-Little Rock to a school-record 30 wins and a first-round upset of Purdue in the NCAA Tournament this season.

UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy didn't mince words, though her school got a $1 million buyout.

"Our search process allowed us to develop a deep pool of qualified candidates, from which we will select a great coach who really wants to be here and who will honor his commitments in leading the Runnin' Rebels," she said.

Washington State: Juniors Conor Clifford, Josh Hawkinson and Ike Iroegbu declared for the NBA draft but said they won't hire agents.

More colleges

Rizzotti takes over as GW women's coach

Jennifer Rizzotti was named women's basketball coach at George Washington after 17 seasons at Hartford. As a player, she led UConn to its first national title in 1995 and was the player of the year in 1996. … Illinois coach Matt Bollant said leading scorer and rebounder Chatrice White plans to transfer. … Santa Clara hired former Point Loma Nazarene men's coach Bill Carr as its women's coach.

Gymnastics: Florida has a shot at a fourth straight NCAA women's championship, and senior Bridget Sloan leads the early all-around standings in Fort Worth, Texas. The Gators scored 197.475 in the first semifinal, edging SEC rivals LSU and Georgia. All three made tonight's Super Six final. Sloan, a former U.S. Olympian who came in with three NCAA individual event titles, led the all-around with 39.7 points and the beam at 9.95; that score was also enough to tie Georgia's Brittany Rogers for first on the uneven bars.

Tennis

Nadal tops Wawrinka; Federer ousted on clay

Rafael Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals in Monaco, where he faces Andy Murray. Roger Federer was two points from victory, up 5-4 and 30-15 in the deciding set, but lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. This was Federer's first tournament after he missed more than two months following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. "It was good to play back-to-back, (Thursday and Friday), good to play 2 hours 10 (minutes) today," Federer said. "I'm happy how the body reacted." With Federer, top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Wawrinka out, Nadal is favored for his ninth title on the Monte Carlo clay.

Et cetera

Soccer: Real Madrid plays Manchester City and Atletico Madrid faces Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals. The first legs are April 26 and 27, the second legs May 3 and 4. … Today, the National Women's Soccer League opens its fourth season — a milestone considering the past two attempts at a U.S. women's pro league folded after three years — and all 10 teams play this weekend. U.S. star striker Alex Morgan debuts with the expansion Orlando Pride on Sunday against her former team, Portland.

Swimming: Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly at the Arena Pro meet in Mesa, Ariz., where wind gusts up to 30 mph whipped up the water and created challenging conditions.

Times wires

Sports in brief 04/15/16 [Last modified: Friday, April 15, 2016 11:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred moves closer to wanting a decision on Rays stadium

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred called Wednesday for urgency from Tampa Bay area government leaders to prioritize and move quicker on plans for a new Rays stadium.

    MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred talks with reporters at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    The Austin Pruitt experiment might be over, or at least be put on pause. After allowing six runs over seven innings to Seattle on Friday, the rookie didn't get through the fourth Wednesday, giving up five runs on four homers. ERA for past six starts: 5.29.

  3. Rays journal: Homer-happiness returns against Blue Jays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are back to hitting home runs, which was the norm of the offense for much of the season before the offense went cold.

    Adeiny Hechavarria greets teammate Kevin Kiermaier after his home run during the third inning at the Trop.
  4. Jones: Stop talking and start building a new Rays stadium

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was good to see Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, talking Rays baseball and the hope for a new stadium somewhere in Tampa Bay.

    Commissioner Rob Manfred is popular with the media on a visit to Tropicana Field.
  5. Rays vs. Blue Jays, 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Today: vs. Blue Jays

    1:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)