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LSU FIRES TEARFUL COACH AFTER 8-13 START

John Brady was fired as LSU's coach Friday with his team struggling at 8-13, a dismissal that left him in tears at a farewell news conference.

"I've coached in the best league in the country, and I've coached a lot of great guys," Brady said. "They've done some great things that had not been done here in a long time."

Brady is the third-winningest coach in the university's history. His 192-139 record over 10 years included two first-place finishes in the SEC and a trip to the 2006 Final Four.

But after that 27-9 finish, the team fell to 17-15 last season, with a 5-11 conference mark, and things got worse this season - just one win in seven SEC games.

Associate head coach Butch Pierre will take over for the rest of the season.

No. 1 Memphis: Coach John Calipari says forward Robert Dozier will play but not start today against UCF. Dozier did not play in the Tigers' win over SMU on Wednesday after a former girlfriend filed a complaint with police this week, saying he hit her in the face during an argument.

Illinois: School athletic officials apologized after fans greeted Indiana star freshman Eric Gordon with obscene chants and curses during the Hoosiers' double-overtime win. "The profanity and behavior by a small segment of fans Thursday night is disappointing and intolerable, and for that we apologize to fans of both teams," athletic director Ron Guenther and coach Bruce Weber said in a statement posted on the Web site.

Missouri: Senior guard Stefhon Hannah returned to Columbia, Mo., for the first time since a nightclub brawl late last month that left him with a broken jaw - and was promptly arrested. Hannah, the Tigers' leading scorer the past two seasons, was charged with third-degree assault. He and his attorney met with police to discuss his involvement in a Jan. 27 altercation. He gave no statement and was released on his signature. The incident remains under investigation.

Seton Hall: Guard Paul Gause will miss the rest of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, sustained midway through the Pirates' 95-69 loss to No. 22 Notre Dame on Wednesday.

Women

No. 2 Tennessee: As a doctor checked Candace Parker's knee, she turned to her trainer and mouthed, "Don't count me out for Monday."

A day after Parker bruised her knee Thursday in Tennessee's 87-69 win over Mississippi State, the 6-foot-4 forward was plotting how she'd prepare for Monday's game against a No. 7 Rutgers team that's rolling off an upset of top-ranked Connecticut.

"I am going to be rehabbing like crazy," she said at practice, where she hobbled around on crutches.

"(Trainer Jenny Moshak) and I are going to be buddies for the next 48 hours."

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