Kansas assistant Dooleytakes over at Fla. Gulf Coast
Joe Dooley, the Kansas basketball assistant who struck recruiting gold for the Jayhawks on the East Coast, was announced Wednesday as the new head coach at Florida Gulf Coast.
That's the school that became the hit of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and then plowed through Georgetown and San Diego State, becoming the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16. "It's not an overhaul situation. They have four returning starters, and will incorporate a lot of what they did with what we did at Kansas," Dooley said.
Dooley replaces Andy Enfield, who became the head coach at Southern California. Dooley was an original member of Coach Bill Self's staff at Kansas, joining the Jayhawks in 2003 after having served as an assistant at Wyoming and New Mexico. Before that, Dooley spent four years as East Carolina's head coach. A native of Orange, N.J., Dooley used his East Coast connections to help land Tyshawn Taylor, the Morris twins and Thomas Robinson.
■ Tim Hardaway Jr. is moving on to the next challenge, well aware that he'll still need to prove himself if he's going to follow his father's footsteps in the NBA. "Everybody's going in there with the same mind-set," Hardaway said. "There's no leeway."
Hardaway announced Wednesday that he'll forgo his senior season at Michigan and enter the NBA Draft. He's the second Wolverine to declare early — joining national player of the year Trey Burke.
Burke could be one of the top players taken, but Hardaway's status is less clear. The 6-foot-6 guard started all 107 games he played during his three-year career with the Wolverines.
Hardaway's father played in the NBA from 1989-2003. The younger Hardaway, who is 6 inches taller, averaged 14.5 points in his final season at Michigan, helping the Wolverines reach the Final Four for the first time since 1993.
■ Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby, formerly of Jeffersontown and Manual high schools in Louisville, has transferred to Illinois. Cosby, who will be a junior next season, will have to sit out a year.
Cosby started 27 games last season at guard for Seton Hall and averaged 12. 6 points, including hitting 66 of his 165 three-point attempts. He was second on the team in assists with 92.
■ Bucking the one-and-done trend, Big 12 player of the year Marcus Smart announced he will return for his sophomore season at Oklahoma State. Proclaiming he's a "Cowboy at heart," Smart said he made his decision knowing fully what he could be passing up — being a likely top-five pick in the NBA Draft.
"I've been bashed and criticized that I probably made a mistake of coming back here ... and this year's draft class is much weaker than next year's," said Smart, who led the Cowboys by averaging 15.4 points and 4.2 assists last season. "All that was telling me, from those people that said that, is they don't have confidence in my ability and my game to compete with those players next year."
■ A New York City judge has dismissed an NBA security official's discrimination lawsuit against University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball, saying the alleged wrongdoing didn't happen in New York.
Kelley Hardwick sued in state court in Manhattan in June, alleging she was removed from the security detail of the USA women's basketball team at the London Olympics last year because she spurned sexual advances from Auriemma during a 2009 national team trip to Russia. Auriemma, who coached the Olympic team to the gold medal, denied the allegations.
Hardwick, the NBA's director of security, said league officials removed her from the detail after Auriemma, in retaliation for her rejecting his advances, told a USA Basketball official that he didn't want Hardwick for security The national team official then told Hardwick's NBA supervisor and she was reassigned, her suit said.
■ Coach Mick Cronin has agreed to a contract extension with Cincinnati that would add at least one year to his deal and run through the 2017-18 season.
Foot injury forces Wallace to retire again
Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace, 38, retired again from the NBA on Wednesday after he was unable to recover from a left foot injury. Shortly after Coach Mike Woodson said Wallace was still struggling with soreness, New York made the retirement announcement.
"Rasheed has given this team everything he had," Woodson said. "He is a winner, true professional and leader on and off the court. ... We owe this season's success to veterans like Rasheed."
Legends fall in 14, swept in series
The host Augusta GreenJackets rallied to tie in the 11th inning, then scored the winner in the 14th to beat the Lexington Legends 4-3 Wednesday and sweep the three-game series.
Augusta was down to its last out in the 11th when Brad Moss drew a walk. Jesus Galindo ran for Moss and stole second, and Tyler Hollick followed with a triple to tie the game at 3-3.
In the 14th, Trevor Brown walked and Matt Duffy sacrificed him to second. Mitch Delfino's single sent Brown to third, and Ben Turner's sacrifice fly brought home the winning run. The Legends return home to face the Greenville Drive in a four-game series.
Women's tennis ousted early in SEC
Kentucky women's tennis team fell in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, losing 4-2 to LSU on Wednesday in Starkville, Miss.
Kentucky will find out its post-season fate during the NCAA.com Selection Show on April 30 at 5:30 p.m.
■ The No. 17 Kentucky softball team swept host Middle Tennessee 7-4, 13-1 Wednesday. UK scored six runs in the second inning of game two. Home runs led Kentucky (33-12, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) in the second game as the Wildcats blasted five of them to break the school record for most homers in a game.
Forbes: Real Madrid passes Man United
Real Madrid has overtaken Manchester United as the world's most valuable football club, according to business magazine Forbes.
It is the first time that Man United has lost the top spot since Forbes first started compiling its list in 2004.
Forbes now values the Spanish giant at $3.3 billion, with Man United in second at $3.17 billion. Barcelona is third.
■ The Green Bay Packers locked up star linebacker Clay Matthews with a long-term extension Wednesday. The deal is reportedly for five years and $66 million. That would put Matthews on par with Dallas outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, whose contract also averages $13 million per year.
■ Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 on Wednesday at breezy Ko Olina in Kapolei, Hawaii, to take the lead halfway through the first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship. The Norwegian had nine birdies and two bogeys in her morning round. "I went out today and tried to be really aggressive," said Pettersen, coming off a third-place tie two weeks in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. "My dad was so disappointed after the Kraft that I left all the putts short. He's like, 'You got to hit the ball past the hole to make putts.'"
The last word
If he was still a member of the Celtics, Ray Allen knows exactly where he would have been when explosions rocked the Boston Marathon. Allen, now a member of the Miami Heat, said his mother has run the marathon three times and his wife has done so twice.
"We would have been sitting at the finish line, me and my whole family, waiting on my mom and my wife. ... They would have been running if we were in Boston. So that presented some anxiety when I thought about it."