George Mason hires ex-Georgia Tech coach Hewitt
After losing a Final Four coach to the Atlantic Coast Conference, George Mason got one in return. The Patriots on Saturday hired former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt to replace Jim Larranaga, who left this month for the University of Miami.
"Both are very good coaches," George Mason Athletics Director Tom O'Connor said. "We were glad to have Jim, and we're proud to have Paul."
Hewitt was fired by Georgia Tech last month. He took the Yellow Jackets to the Final Four in 2004, but that was the only season he had a winning record in ACC play. He went 190-162 over 11 years at the school and was 72-104 in the conference. Georgia Tech went 13-18 this season and failed to sell out any games at its 9,100-seat arena.
Money was a major reason the Patriots lost Larranaga, who took George Mason to the Final Four in 2006 and is the winningest coach in school history. Hewitt, 47, is receiving a $7.2 million buyout over five years from Georgia Tech, which might make him more affordable for a Colonial Athletic Association school.
Oldest living pro baseball player dies
Emilio "Millito" Navarro, believed to be the oldest living professional baseball player, has died in Puerto Rico. He was 105. Navarro died while surrounded by relatives, his family said in a brief statement Saturday. He was hospitalized Wednesday in the southern coastal city of Ponce after having a small heart attack. The cheerful 5-foot-5 infielder was known for his base-running skills and became the first Puerto Rican to play in the Negro Leagues.
Navarro was elected to the Puerto Rico Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Puerto Rican Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Two Cardinals hit grand slams in win
Juniors Stewart Ijames and Ryan Wright hit grand slams, and the Louisville baseball team rolled to an 11-3 series-clinching win over Georgetown on Saturday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium. Ijames, out of Owensboro Catholic, finished 3-for-4 and matched a season-high with five RBI. The grand slams were career firsts for both players. Sophomore right-hander Justin Amlung of St. Xavier earned the win for the Cards (24-18, 10-7 Big East) and improved to 8-0 on the season. He allowed three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Power continues IndyCar pole sweep
Will Power of Australia improved to 4-for-4 in IndyCar poles this season after earning the 200th for Team Penske at the Sao Paulo 300 on Saturday in Brazil. Power, winner of the inaugural Sao Paulo race last year, will start at the front in Sunday's race after clocking 1 minute, 21.896 seconds on the 2.5-mile, 11-turn Anhembi temporary street circuit. American Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport was 0.402 behind and will start second. Hunter-Reay was runner-up to Power in last year's race in Brazil and in qualifying two weeks ago in Long Beach.
"Congratulations to Will," Hunter-Reay said. "Everybody else in the paddock is getting tired of it, but he is doing a great job."
Bruins rout Flyers in Game 1
Uh oh, Boston has another series lead over the Flyers. The Bruins are counting on a few new faces to keep this one for good. David Krejci and Brad Marchand each scored two goals, and the Bruins took out their frustration from one of the great collapses in post-season history with a 7-3 win over Philadelphia on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. For the second straight season, the Bruins lead the Flyers in the second round. Boston went ahead 3-0 a year ago, then the Flyers became the third NHL team to rally with four straight victories to win a best-of-seven series.
"I try not to think about what happened last year but, in the back of my mind, it's hard," Krejci said. "But I try to stay focused for the game. My teammates helped me out."
Krejci, who had two assists, was helped by a string of teammates who were absent for last year's failure. Krejci was sidelined by injury for the final four games of the series. Dennis Seidenberg also was hurt. Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton were both on the Florida Panthers. Marchand spent most of last season in the minors. Those five combined for 12 points in Game 1, and Horton and Campbell scored goals.
Transy leads HCAC men's golf tourney
The Transylvania men's golf team is in contention for its fifth straight Heartland Conference championship after Saturday's third round at Anderson County Golf Club in Indiana. After shooting a combined 307 for their lowest round of the tournament, the Pioneers led Franklin by 23 strokes going into Sunday's final round. Justin Tereshko was the low scorer for Transy and is in second place in the individual competition, eight shots behind Franklin's Eric Whitaker. Pioneers sophomore Hunter Frazier, out of Lexington Christian, has the team's fourth-best score of 245. The conference champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships which will be held on May 10-13 in Greensboro, N.C.
2 Wildcats finish strong at Drake Relays
Kentucky senior Keenan Hall and junior Keith Hayes moved into the national top 20 in the triple jump and 110-meter hurdles, respectively, at the Drake Relays on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Hall broke the UK school record in the triple jump with an event-winning leap of 51 feet, 7 inches, surpassing teammate David Banks, who set the record of 51-05.50 in Columbus, Ohio, last season. Hall's mark ranks 19th nationally and fifth in the SEC. Hayes, an All-American in the 60-meter hurdles this year, put himself in great position to do the same in the 110-meter hurdles with a second-place finish Saturday. The junior transfer from Kansas ran a career-best time of 13.76, shooting him to second in the SEC and UK's all-time 110 hurdles list. Hayes trails former Wildcat Mikel Thomas, whose school-record mark is 13.57.
The last word
Browns running back Peyton Hillis was on Late Night with David Letterman and discussed the perks of his video-game celebrity:
"When people ask, 'Are you on the cover of Madden NFL '12?' I can say, 'Yup.' "