Sports briefs: Montgomery Co. basketball coach resigns

May 6, 2014 

Jason Holland, who led Montgomery County's boys to a 29-3 record and runner-up finish in the 10th Region, has resigned as the Indians basketball coach after one season.

Holland said it "wasn't the right fit" at Montgomery County, and even though "basketball is my passion, I want to be fair to this program. They need somebody who's going to be here and be stable with them.

"I see it as moving forward with my career. I'm going to explore my options, and what's best for my family."

Holland and his wife Pheena have two children — daughter Zoey is a seventh-grader and plays basketball, and son Taytum is a second-grader.

Before taking the Montgomery County job last year, Holland had been at Oldham County for four years, posting a 92-38 record, including 8th Region titles in 2011 and 2012.

He succeeded Happy Osborne at Montgomery County, which reached the Sweet Sixteen final four in 2013.

The Indians won their first 19 games this past season, and were favored to repeat as region champs. But they were upset by Campbell County in the region finals.

"We fell short of what we wanted," Holland said. "We felt we should've been in the Sweet Sixteen."

Montgomery County will be looking for its fifth coach in five years. Holland, Osborne, Tony Wise and Keith Griesser have all had one-season stints with the Indians.

NFL $10,000 price tag for Vick's new number

Michael Vick's new jersey number cost him $10,000 — all of it going to charity.

The New York Jets quarterback negotiated for the number with punter Ryan Quigley, who previously wore No. 1, during workouts and the two came to an agreement. Quigley gave it up on condition that Vick pay $10,000 for it and donate all of the money to charity.

"I think it's great that Ryan was willing to change as long as it was for a good cause," Vick said in a statement released by his publicist Monday night. "I loved his idea."

Vick plans to make a donation in Quigley's name to Teen Angel of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Quigley is a North Myrtle Beach native — and to the Boys and Girls Club of New York.

• Auburn offensive tackle Shon Coleman will announce a first-round pick at the NFL draft on Thursday. The NFL said Monday that Coleman and his mother, De Keishia Tunstall, will join Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York for a pick. Robinson was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia shortly after signing with the Tigers in 2010. He got on the field for the first time against Arkansas State last season.


Crosby snaps scoring drought, Penguins win

Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of these playoffs, and Marc-Andre Fleury earned his second shutout of the New York Rangers in two nights as the Pittsburgh Penguins regained home-ice advantage with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.

Crosby snapped a 13-game goal drought in the playoffs to give the Penguins the lead in the second period, and Jussi Jokinen added a breakaway goal. Fleury stopped 35 shots to back up his 22-save effort Sunday in a 3-0 win in Pittsburgh. He has eight career postseason shutouts and 51 wins.

The Penguins lead the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday in New York.

Minor league baseball Legends' rally falls short

Hagerstown starter Hector Silvestre pitched five no-hit innings and the Suns held off a late comeback in a 6-5 win over the Lexington Legends on Monday night.

The Suns jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, which grew to 4-0 in the fifth inning on a leadoff homer by Austin Chubb, but the Legends answered in the sixth.

Chad Johnson led off the inning with the Legends' first hit of the game, an infield single. With one out, Alfredo Escalera walked, and with two outs, Michael Antonio hit his third home run of the year to move the Legends within a run at 4-3.

Hagerstown came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

The Legends scored a run in the eighth on a walk to Johnson and a double by Garcia. They cut the lead to one in the ninth on a solo homer by Elier Hernandez.

Silvestre (1-0) got the win. Legends starter Matt Tenuta (2-3) was the losing pitcher. Hagerstown won three of four games in the series.

College basketball Oregon St. fires Robinson

Oregon State has fired Craig Robinson after six seasons without making the NCAA Tournament.

The brother-in-law of President Barack Obama, Robinson had a solid start in Corvallis, taking a program that had lost 21 straight Pac-12 games to an 18-win season in 2008-09.

The Beavers' results under Robinson were uneven after that, with Oregon State finishing no better than fifth in the Pac-12 in his six seasons, including 10th this year.

The Beavers were 16-16 this season, including 8-10 in the Pac-12, and lost to Radford at home in the CBI.

■ The Big Ten and Big East will begin a series of eight games in the first week of the 2015-16 season, and the multi-day event will be named for the late Dave Gavitt.

The games will take place the first Tuesday through Friday of the regular season and will be played at home sites, four from each conference. The original series, announced Monday, is for eight years.

Gavitt, a Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer, founded the Big East.

Each of the 10 Big East teams will participate a minimum of six times over the eight years, while the Big Ten schools will participate a minimum of four times with the conference expanding to 14 members next season.

■ North Carolina Coach Sylvia Hatchell returned to her normal offseason schedule after completing chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. Hatchell has been making recruiting visits along the East Coast and attending booster club events with other UNC coaches around the state in recent weeks. Dr. Pete Voorhees said Hatchell's acute myeloid leukemia is in "complete remission" and that she will be ready to return to the sideline next season.

Auto racing

New Orleans track improvements on track

IndyCar racing officials expressed confidence Monday that NOLA Motorsports Park will be able to complete the track improvements it needs to host the proposed Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana in suburban New Orleans next year.

Ongoing negotiations include scheduling a weekend for the event, which would also affect the timeline for track improvements that Miles said are needed for "safety, fan enjoyment and quality of racing."

The last word

Country music star Brantley Gilbert is planning to attend the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 as part of the sponsorship of 19-year-old Sage Karam, and then hop a flight to Charlotte in time to perform a pre-race concert for the Sprint Cup race that night. Said Gilbert:

"I think my label's goal and my management's goal the whole week is they're legitimately trying to kill me."

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