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Sports briefs: May 24

College basketball

Murray State names Prohm as Kennedy's successor

Steve Prohm was promoted to the men's head basketball coaching job at Murray State on Monday, taking over for his mentor Billy Kennedy. Prohm spent the past five years at Murray as an assistant to Kennedy, who left recently to take the coaching job at Texas A&M.

Murray State Athletics Director Allen Ward called Prohm the right choice to build on the success the Ohio Valley Conference school has had in the past few years, including an NCAA Tournament victory.

"He's well respected by our players, and he's responsible for many of them being here," Ward said in introducing Prohm at a news conference in Murray. "He has a history of bringing in a level of talent that's necessary to win.

"He will bring an immediate sense of stability and familiarity that will be beneficial to this team, at this time in our program's history."

Prohm said his teams will play "with great energy, great enthusiasm and great passion and I will coach the same way. We'll be tough-minded defensively and we'll be disciplined and unselfish offensively."

■ Coach Ed DeChellis, who led Penn State to the NCAA Tournament this year, resigned Monday to take the vacant job at Navy.


Bruins take 3-2 lead on Lightning

Tim Thomas stopped 33 shots after allowing another early goal, and Brad Marchand scored the game-winner to lead Boston to a 3-1 home victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night and put the Bruins one win away from the Stanley Cup finals. The victory gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals, with a chance to clinch Wednesday night in Tampa Bay.

Nathan Horton scored to tie it in the second period, 17 seconds after returning from the penalty box. Marchand scored with 4:04 left in the period to give Boston a 2-1 lead.

Boston managed just 19 shots on Mike Smith as he made his first career playoff start in place of Dwayne Roloson.


Former Alabama assistant Pyburn dies

Jim Pyburn, a former longtime Georgia football assistant coach, two-sports star at Auburn and outfielder with the Baltimore Orioles, died. Georgia officials said Monday Pyburn, 78, died on Saturday night in Jasper, Ala., following a long illness. Mr. Pyburn was a defensive assistant under Vince Dooley at Georgia from 1964, Dooley's first year, through 1979. He was a football and baseball star at Auburn. He led the Southeastern Conference with his .432 batting average in 1953 and played with the Orioles from 1955-57.

Joe Steffy, who played with Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis on some of Army's greatest teams and won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top lineman in 1947, has died. Mr. Steffy, 85, had dealt heart problems in recent years. He was a two-time All-American and played on Army's 1945 and 1946 undefeated teams under coach Earl "Red" Blaik and with Heisman winning running backs, Blanchard and Davis. Steffy was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.


Couples, Wargo won't play in Senior PGA

Citing back problems, Fred Couples withdrew from the Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville. Couples, winner of the 1992 Masters, was replaced by Blaine McCallister.

Earlier on Monday, Tom Wargo also dropped out because of a bad back and was replaced by John Harris. Wargo is the last PGA club pro to win the Senior PGA.

Steve Pate, who turns 50 on Thursday, the first day of competition, will be making his senior debut at the tournament.

College baseball

Vols fires coach after 25-29 season

Tennessee fired baseball coach Todd Raleigh after he failed to lead the Volunteers to a single Southeastern Conference Tournament or NCAA Tournament in his four seasons.

Tennessee announced that Raleigh was fired Monday, two days after Tennessee wrapped up its 2011 season. The Vols finished with a 25-29 overall record and 7-23 SEC record. The Vols went 108-113 in his four seasons at Tennessee from 2008-11.

The last word

Simona de Silvestro's hands were wrapped in thick gauze and tape from her wrists to fingertips, protecting the raw tissue beneath from exposure as it heals from the burns caused by a horrific crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500. She jokingly called them her "Mickey Mouse" gloves and is planning to wear a much more streamlined version Sunday under her protective driving gloves:

"Just coming out with a couple burns, I think it's not so bad. I usually close my eyes when I crash. I thought it was over and all of a sudden I open my eyes and I'm flying off again. You just hope it's over as soon as possible and then you just try to get out of it. I was lucky that I didn't pass out or anything."