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Sports briefs: April 27

College basketball

Louisville gets commitment from Derby Classic MVP

Gorgui Dieng, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound shot blocker from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, committed to Louisville after visiting Big East rival Marquette over the weekend.

"They have good people there, and I can go there and play," Dieng told Scout.com's Evan Daniels. "Coach P(itino) doesn't always care about the offense, he wants you to play defense, and then you can do what you want on offense. I'll get better at basketball and I can get to the next level with Coach P."

Dieng, a native of Senegal, was the MVP of the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic earlier this month in Louisville. He had 15 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots. He is the third player to commit to play for the Cardinals next season, joining South Kent (Conn.) Prep point guard Russell Smith and Huntington Prep teammate Justin Coleman. Kentucky Mr. Basketball Elisha Justice will join the team as a preferred walk-on.

Altman's move to Oregon official

Longtime Creighton coach Dana Altman has signed a seven-year deal worth $1.8 million annually to become Oregon's new head basketball coach. Altman, 51, spent 16 seasons at Creighton, finishing with a 327-176 record. He led the Bluejays to 11 consecutive 20-win seasons before they went 18-16 this past season.

Creighton went to the post-season 13 times in his tenure, including seven NCAA Tournament appearances. Altman replaces Ernie Kent, who was dismissed after 13 seasons at his alma mater. The Ducks went 16-16 last season.

"It's all about players," Altman said. "If we can attract the right kind of student-athletes, we can build something special."

The hiring ends more than a monthlong search during which several high-profile names — including Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Minnesota's Tubby Smith — where rumored to be on Oregon's wish list. Missouri Coach Mike Anderson said the Ducks approached him, but he turned down the job.

Altman joked about the process.

"You look at my wife, you look at me; I wasn't her first choice either," he said.

Altman, who also had coaching stints at Marshall and Kansas State, is considered a strong bench coach who produces up-tempo, defense-oriented teams.

In April 2007, Altman left Creighton to take the Arkansas job but returned to Omaha within 24 hours after having a change of heart.

"This is home. This is where I will finish my coaching career. That's pretty obvious now," Altman said at a news conference after Creighton Athletics Director Bruce Rasmussen hired him back.

On Monday he said: "If it wasn't hard to leave, I wasn't doing my job for the past 16 years."

Creighton hires Iowa State's McDermott

Iowa State's Greg McDermott is leaving the Big 12 to become the new men's basketball coach at Creighton. McDermott led Northern Iowa to the NCAA Tournament three straight years before leaving for Iowa State in 2006. He has never had a winning season at Iowa State.


Krejcki, Bruins eliminate Sabres

David Krejci had two goals and one assist to lead Boston to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Buffalo Sabres in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series on Monday night and put the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots for Boston, which will play either Philadelphia or Pittsburgh in the second round.

It's Boston's second playoff series victory — and first at home — since 1999. Buffalo, which missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, has not advanced since reaching the conference semifinals in 2006 and '07.

Jaroslav Halak made 53 saves, and Michael Cammalleri scored twice in the first period for the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens, who stayed alive with a 4-1 home victory over the Washington Capitals and forced a Game 7 in the first-round series. Halak made 18 saves in the first, 15 in the second and 19 in the third. He came within 4:50 of his first playoff shutout. Halak, who stopped 37 shots in Friday's 2-1 victory in Washington, won his second straight start despite the top-seeded Capitals' 54-22 advantage in shots.

■ New Jersey Devils Coach Jacques Lemaire retired following his team's first-round playoff elimination for the third straight year. Lemaire made the surprising announcement Monday, four days after the Devils were ousted by the Philadelphia Flyers in five games. The 64-year-old Lemaire says he doesn't have the energy to coach anymore. He will stay with the Devils in a role yet to be determined.


Federer gets rare doubles victory

Roger Federer opened his clay-court season with a doubles victory Monday at the Rome Masters, while John Isner celebrated his 25th birthday by rallying past Horacio Zeballos.

The top-ranked Federer paired with Swiss Davis Cup teammate Yves Allegro to defeat Johan Brunstrom of Sweden and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands Antilles 6-4, 7-6 (4). Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam winner, is playing his first tournament on clay since winning his only French Open title last year. It's also Federer's first doubles match this year. He won the gold medal with Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Isner, the top American in the draw after Andy Roddick's withdrawal, had 20 aces in the 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 win. He faced only one break point — which he lost.

College softball

Kentucky, EKU to face off at Richmond

Kentucky's softball team begins its week with a game against at Eastern Kentucky at 4 p.m. Tuesday. A victory would give the Wildcats (29-21) its second straight 30-win season.

The last word

Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley had this to say about former teammate Jason Campbell, who was traded to the Oakland Raiders last weekend:

"People just like him. I mean, he's likable. Especially after all the hits he took, that guy could have quit after Week 10 and just said, ' ... I'm not doing this anymore.' He just kept getting back up and playing for us."