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Published Apr. 8, 2014


U.S. chief: team didn't revolt against coach

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati is dismissing the idea that any player mutiny led to the firing of women's coach Tom Sermanni. The Federation fired Sermanni on Sunday, hours after an exhibition victory over China.

"This isn't a group of players coming to seek us out," Gulati said Monday.

Jill Ellis will serve as interim coach. Sermanni took over as coach in January 2013. The Americans went 1-2-1 at the Algarve Cup this year where a loss to Sweden ended a 43-game unbeaten streak.

"To put it in a nutshell, they just felt that the way I was managing the team wasn't working," Sermanni told "It could be the U.S. team is a unique team that has certain demands that perhaps my management style or my philosophy didn't quite jell with."

Goalkeeper Hope Solo issued a message on Twitter Monday: "It's a somber day for us all today. Tom is simply a classy man in every way, and he will certainly be missed."


Mourning, Richmond lead Hall inductees

Former Georgetown and Heat center Alonzo Mourning was voted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mourning was elected along with former longtime Kings and Warriors guard Mitch Richmond and former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson and former Maryland coach Gary Williams who won NCAA titles at those schools. Former NBA commissioner David Stern was already inducted this year. The induction ceremony is Aug. 8 in Springfield, Mass.


Opening Masters practice rained out

Storms moved into the area just two hours after the gates opened at Augusta National for the first full day of practice. Players had to get off the course. A few hours later, the club said the forecast for even heavier rain meant the course would be off limits the rest of the day. It was the first time in 11 years that the Monday practice was a washout.


Missouri receiver suspended indefinitely

Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules, three months after he and two friends were arrested on suspicion of felony drug distribution when police found a pound of marijuana in their car. No criminal charges have been filed in that case against any of the three men arrested. Green-Beckham led Missouri with 59 receptions as a sophomore last season and scored 12 touchdowns.

MICHIGAN: Michigan will host a Big Ten game under the lights for the first time. The Wolverines and Penn State will play at night on Oct. 11. Michigan has played two night football games at the Big House, in 2011 and last season, both against Notre Dame.

OHIO STATE: The school will pay more than $2 million in total guarantees to bring Virginia Tech, Kent State and Cincinnati to Ohio Stadium to play the Buckeyes this fall.


BASEBALL: Florida State (26-5) will host Florida (20-12) at 6 tonight. The Gators have won three straight against the Seminoles. Florida State SS Casey Smit, who played at Alonso, was named ACC player of the week. Smit hit a team-leading .471 for the week.

SOFTBALL: FSU's Maddie O'Brien was named this week's ACC player of the week. The former Palm Harbor U standout now holds FSU records for single-season home runs (16), career homers (34) and RBIs (63).

Times wires