Sports briefs: Oct. 1

October 1, 2013 

UK sports

Women's tennis opens fall play

Kentucky women's tennis players Kelsey Dieters, Caitlin McGraw and Nadia Ravita represent UK at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships this week in Palisades, California beginning Tuesday.

Dieters was selected in the qualifying singles draw. Ravita was selected in the main draw singles and will play Thursday. Ravita was 20-4 in the No. 1 spot last season and 10-3 in Southeastern Conference play. Ravita and McGraw, the No. 32 nationally ranked duo, were selected in the qualifying doubles draw. The pair won nine of their matches last spring, including three in the SEC.

"I'm extremely excited to start our fall season," McGraw said. "This is one of the most prestigious college tennis tournaments, so I'm so grateful to be given the opportunity to compete in it."


College basketball

Florida's Carter gets NCAA OK to play

Former Rutgers guard Eli Carter is eligible to play at Florida this season. The NCAA granted Carter a waiver to play immediately after transferring from Rutgers this year. Carter left Rutgers after the school fired coach Mike Rice, who was caught on videotape shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players and using gay slurs during practice.

Carter, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, averaged 14.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season as a sophomore. He broke his right leg in February and has not been cleared to run or cut.

Carter could help Florida's backcourt, which will be without guard Scottie Wilbekin for "a game or games" for violating team rules.


Olympics

Munich approved for 2022 winter bid

Germany is moving forward with a possible Munich bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The German Olympic Sports Confederation approved a concept based mostly on Munich's unsuccessful bid for the 2018 Games, which were awarded to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Munich is seeking to become the first city to host both the summer and winter games. The Bavarian capital staged the 1972 Summer Olympics, which were shaken by the massacre of members of the Israeli team.

Before a 2022 bid goes ahead, it must be supported by a referendum on Nov. 10 — four days before the deadline for submitting bids to the International Olympic Committee.


College football

UConn fires coach Pasqualoni

Connecticut Athletics Director Warde Manuel said he's looking for football coach who can bring more excitement, passion, and above all wins to UConn. Manuel fired coach Paul Pasqualoni on Monday, with his team 0-4 and coming off a 41-12 loss at Buffalo.

Pasqualoni, in his third season at UConn, finished with a 10-18 record. Associate head coach George DeLeone, who coached the offensive line, also was let go.

"I'm changing now because we have to have different leadership to get different results," Manuel said. "I'm not comfortable with losing."

The school said it will pay Pasqualoni $750,000 to buy out his contract.

Offensive coordinator T.J. Weist, whose fiery style is a contrast to the laid back Pasqualoni, will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The 48-year-old Weist, who played at Alabama, came to Connecticut in the off-season from Cincinnati, where he coached wide receivers.

Weist also has worked at his alma mater, Michigan, Southern Illinois, Tulsa and Western Kentucky.


Sports in the courts

Hernandez's cousin pleads not guilty

A cousin of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty Monday to a conspiracy charge for her alleged actions following the killing of Hernandez's friend.

Tanya Singleton was held without bail after entering her plea in Fall River Superior Court to a charge of conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact to murder. Prosecutors say that in the days after the June 17 killing of Hernandez's friend, Odin Lloyd, she helped one of Hernandez's other friends flee to Florida.


The last word

Ohio State's Urban Meyer vividly remembers his first win as a head coach. Said Meyer:

"Coaches are weird ducks, man. I don't know my address but I can tell you every play in that game."

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