Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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BULLS LOSE SUCCESSFUL TENNIS COACH

USF men's tennis coach Matt Hill, who led the Bulls to their third straight American Athletic Conference title this past spring, resigned after four seasons to re-start the program at Arizona State.

"Matt did an incredible job with our tennis program, both on and off the court, during his four years at USF," Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan said in a news release. "We thank him for his dedicated service and for leading tremendous student-athletes in this men's tennis program to unprecedented success."

One of the more inspirational coaching figures on campus, Hill conquered bone cancer as a teen to become a Division II player. He led the Bulls to the NCAA tournament each of the past three seasons, highlighted by a Sweet 16 berth in 2015.

At Arizona State, he'll essentially build a program from scratch. The school reinstated men's tennis in May after an eight-year hiatus.

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FOOTBALL: The NCAA cleared up its bowl selection process, assuring that no eligible teams with .500 records are passed over for postseason play in favor of more well-known schools with fewer than six wins. The new rule, which was implemented by the NCAA's Division I Council, will be put in place for the upcoming season and says bowl-eligible teams with 6-6 records must be selected for bowl games before any 5-7 teams are considered. The NCAA's football oversight committee first made the recommendation for the new rule after a season that saw 77 teams eligible for the 80 bowl slots.

BASEBALL: The deciding Game 3 of the College World Series between Arizona and Coastal Carolina was postponed until tonight (time, TV TBA) because of inclement weather. … Tulane coach David Pierce, who led the Green Wave to the American Athletic Conference regular-season title this past season, was announced as coach at Texas. Pierce replaces Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in college baseball history.

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Catchings dedicates win to Summitt

Tamika Catchings scored 26 a day after the death of her former Tennessee coach, Pat Summitt, and the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 95-83 in Rosemont, Ill. Catchings hit a 3-pointer with 7:33 left in the first quarter and immediately pointed toward the sky in a tribute to Summitt, who died Tuesday. Elsewhere, Emma Meesseman and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 14 each, and host Washington beat San Antonio 84-67 to move above .500 for the first time this season.

MEEKS TO MAGIC: The Magic acquired G Jodie Meeks from the Pistons for a 2019 conditional second-round draft pick. Meeks, 28, played in only three games in 2015-16 after fracturing his right foot in the second game of the season. Also, new coach Frank Vogel finalized his staff, hiring Chad Forcier, Corliss Williamson and David Adelman as assistant coaches. Jay Hernandez was retained from Scott Skiles' staff as an assistant and player development coach.

MORE NBA: F LeBron James declined his player option for next season with the NBA champion Cavaliers, as expected, but the Finals MVP has made it clear he has no intention of leaving Cleveland.

ET CETERA

DOPING: Former Boston Marathon winner Lidiya Grigoryeva, 42, was banned for 21/2 years for doping.

SOCCER: Austria captain Christian Fuchs, 30, is retiring from the national team a week after Austria was eliminated from the European Championship.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer; Times wires

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